Working in the civil service with A levels (or similar)

You can use your experience and skills from other work areas to work in the civil service at a junior manager level.

You may lead a team of staff or be involved in making decisions about how the government department or local authority runs its services and spends its money.

Example jobs

Forestry Commission manager
Encouraging the use of local forest areas and running environmental projects.

Procurement officer
Deciding who can be allowed to supply spare parts for military vehicles.

Intelligence analyst
Investigating fraud when people are paying taxes.

Community warden
Patrolling a neighbourhood, listening to residents’ concerns and solving problems.

Quality and assurance officer
Making sure that child protection is carried out correctly.

Case study

I want to continue my training. I've already done NVQ Levels 2, 3 and 4 in business admin and I'm starting a management course soon...

Katy Lisova, senior administration officer at a borough council

Approximate pay levels

Figures supplied as a guide only

Salaries will be higher in London and the South East.

Pay levels graph

Typical working conditions

  • Working conditions will depend on the role. Most jobs are office-based. Some involve working outdoors.
  • Travel to meetings will often be required.
  • You may have contact with the public.

Qualifications needed

You will usually need qualifications, either A levels or relevant vocational or professional qualifications. Your previous experience is very important and must be relevant. For example, business experience could help you go into business development. The experience could be through voluntary work. For example, if you have led environmental projects you could become an environment officer.

Career path

As you gain more experience, you can apply for promotion to more senior roles. You may lead a bigger team or run a small department. You may need further qualifications in management or a professional specialism. Your employer may support your study.

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