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Each year we refresh our programme curriculum to make sure it reflects the latest research and provides the best possible experience for participants.

The 2024 curriculum is still under construction. We will add more detail to this page closer to the launch of applications.

On the Frontline programme you will complete academic study while immersed in a social work team.

Our curriculum integrates both theoretical learning and the application of theory through practice. We believe this is the best way to learn, develop and consolidate the essential skills required for great social work.

What you’ll learn on the programme

Year one – qualifying as a social worker

Our practice hubs of typically five participants provide support and security. You’ll receive management, training and supervision from a consultant social worker and you’ll give each other peer support.  They’ll be your secure base as you progress through the programme.

You will learn theory and put into practice the evidence informed ways of working with children and families that make up the Frontline programme practice model. You will also address other essential topics in social work, including the centrality of anti-racist, anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice; relevant legislation and social policy; ethics and values; assessment of risk and need; and working with vulnerable groups.

You’ll learn from thinkers, theorists, researchers, leaders, academics and social workers with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, disciplines and perspectives.

At the end of year one you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work and register as a social worker in England.

Year two – newly qualified practice development

During year two you will work as a newly qualified social worker. All newly qualified social workers in England must complete their assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE). The year two curriculum is designed to support you throughout this process.

During your ASYE you’ll complete training and academic work delivered by your local authority. At the same time, you’ll continue to receive training from Frontline, to complement and enhance your ASYE and support your continuing development as a social worker.

Your practice tutor will provide pastoral support and mentoring. And you will continue to meet regularly with your practice hub to give each other peer support and learn from colleagues.

Year three – targeted support and master’s degree

In your third and final year on the programme, you will complete the remaining credits of your MA in Advanced Relationship Based Social Work Practice with Children and Families.

You will carry out a literature review dissertation project related to your own practice. Your practice tutor will act as dissertation supervisor.

You’ll also have four coaching sessions to help you overcome challenges and assist your transition from newly qualified social worker to experienced practitioner.

Start your application

Apply now to join the Frontline programme in 2024.