Discover how important it is to obtain membership of a professional body and which jobs require you to have a postgraduate qualification
In some public sector professions, a postgraduate degree is necessary. For example, to become a teacher often a postgraduate certificate in education is required and then a year as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). Get advice on teacher training, including routes to the classroom, qualifications required and how to apply.
The Civil Service Fast Stream offers professional accountancy qualifications and some departments will support graduates through other professional qualifications.
For more information on entry requirements and career development in the public sector, see types of jobs.
To find postgraduate public sector courses in the UK, search courses and research.
Membership of an industry-specific professional body will enhance your status within your field of expertise. In many public sector roles, membership of a professional body is compulsory.
By joining a professional body, you can also:
As there are so many different roles in the public sector, the range of recognised professional qualifications is vast. A selection of professional bodies include:
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