Entry requirements, skills and interests (administrative management)

You could enter through an apprenticeship, work your way up from a business adminstration role, or with relevant experience from another sector

Entry requirements

There are a variety of entry routes into a career in administrative management. The following are general entry requirements. For specific entry requirements check the person specification for individual job vacancies.

With moderate to high grade GCSEs and/or work experience

You can join the NHS at an administrative level and work your way up through supervisory roles into management, supported by in-house and external training schemes. For most junior positions, you will need 4 or 5 GCSEs at Grades A-C or equivalent. Employers may also consider applicants with fewer formal qualifications if they can demonstrate they have the right skills, for example, previous clerical experience. There are sometimes opportunities to enter through an apprenticeship in a relevant area such as business administration.

With A levels/equivalent

If you have 2 or 3 A-levels or equivalent vocational qualifications (eg in business administration) you may be able to start at a higher administrative grade, leading to a supervisory role and then into management. Internal and external training schemes will assist your progress and enable you to apply your academic skills to work situations. Previous work experience can be an advantage. There are sometimes higher apprenticeships available.

If you already have management experience

We welcome applications from people who have already built up experience of administration management in the private sector or in other public or voluntary organisations. You can often join at a level corresponding to your skills and expertise. Some managers are recruited directly for specific positions.

The skills and qualifications needed vary according to the type of post.

Find out more about the training you’ll receive for a career in administrative management.

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