How to become a Civil Service administrative officer
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could take a course to give you some of the administrative skills needed for this job.
You could do a business administration course or a T Level in Management and Administration.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level
You could do an apprenticeship like:
- Business Administrator Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
- Public Service Operational Delivery Officer Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could join the Civil Service as an administrative assistant. You'll usually need at least 2 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).
You could then apply for a post as an administrative officer when vacancies become available.
You could apply directly to join the Civil Service as an administrative officer. You'll usually need at least 5 GCSEs. You may need A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for some administrative jobs.
You may also find it useful to have experience in related work like office administration or customer service.
As part of the application process, you'll be tested on your ability to:
- work well in a team
- communicate with others
- work with numbers
Movement to Work offers work experience opportunities in the Civil Service for unemployed young people.
You can find out more about working as an administrative officer from Civil Service Careers.