Bank managers help people manage their money using banking services.

What does a bank manager do?

As a bank manager, you’ll be responsible for a team of people and for increasing sales of financial products. You’ll have to deal with customers – finding them the most appropriate financial product for their needs. You’ll be dealing with money on a daily basis and as such will need to have good numeracy skills. You may be required to develop a business plan for your own bank. 

What do I need to do to become a bank manager?

There are a number of ways you can become a bank manager. You could work your way up and gain experience in a bank, you could complete a higher apprenticeship in bank management, or you could join a graduate scheme. For the last of these options, you will need to have already completed a degree. 

To do a degree, you will usually need five GCSEs (A-C) including maths, English and science, plus three A levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification. Check with universities for exact entry requirements, vocational courses are acceptable for some degree courses but not all.  

Relevant degrees for banking include: business, economics, finance, management or marketing.

There are no specific A levels required, but business, economics, statistics and maths would all be useful.

A level 3 vocational qualification in business would be most relevant. Entry may be possible without five GCSEs at grade C ,with an equivalent level 2 qualification. Alternatively,  it may be possible to progress into bank management through an apprenticeship.  

Related skills

  • People management
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Business management
  • Administration
  • Customer service
  • Leadership
  • Financial planning
  • Interpersonal skills

Vocational route

  • Level 3 qualification in business

Related subjects

  • Business studies
  • Maths

Desirable qualifications

  • A level business
  • A level economics
  • A level maths
  • A level statistics

Where to find out more

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