Year 2

In year 2 you will work as a newly qualified social worker for your local authority. Both your local authority and Frontline will support your professional development as you manage your own case load and continue studying towards your master’s degree.

Curriculum content

Year 2 of the Frontline programme consists of one 60-credit module. Teaching and learning supports you to conduct research into your own practice, using an action research approach. You will explore the contexts which inform and sustain current practice and then you will evaluate any adaptations made and learn how to share these findings effectively.

Core content will be delivered through a combination of interactive lectures and workshops which take place during eight recall days (dedicated learning days), alongside individual and group tutorials. Peer-led reflexive groups will meet regularly and provide an opportunity for you to extend your skills in self-reflexivity and research-mindedness as you examine episodes of practice in depth.

Support will also be available from dissertation supervisors, both face-to-face and online. Wherever possible, the same practice tutor that has supported you through year 1 of the programme will continue to support you through year 2 as your dissertation supervisor. Their role is to guide you through the research process, supporting your thinking process, offering advice and clarifications at each stage, and providing encouragement.

Upon successful completion of this module, you will have achieved the 180 academic credits that are required to obtain the MSc in Advanced Relationship-Based Social Work Practice with Children and Families.

Advanced Relationship Based Social Work Practice with Children and Families (60 credits)

This module will support you to critically reflect on and make improvements to your own practice. You will undertake an independent research project, drawing on findings from practice experience and the academic literature. You will undertake an original piece of action research as your dissertation, supported by a dissertation supervisor.

This module contains one summative assessment, which is a 12,000-word dissertation in which you will write up your action research project.


Each year 2 participant will be offered the opportunity to engage in one-to-one coaching sessions throughout the year. Coaching is designed to help participants manage the transition into their assessed and supported year in employment and to develop their leadership skills. In addition to the support that you will receive from your line manager and dissertation supervisor, working with an independent coach will provide you with the opportunity to reflect and talk with an independent person to help you manage your transition into your assessed and supported year in employment, discuss development objectives, identify what positive change would look like and how you can harness support from others to enact that change.

Coaching helps participants develop as a leader. Frontline’s leadership statement articulates what it means to be a leader in social work. This is not about being a leader of people but a role model, leading by example in your social work practice.

Watch this short coaching video to hear from coaches, fellows and Frontline staff the benefits and impact of coaching both for you and the families you will work with:


Some examples of the types of issues you might work on with your coach are:

• managing yourself and your resilience as you adapt to the changes with year 2.
• managing a heavy caseload and studying at the same time.
• navigating around the complexity of the system you operate in with your colleagues and senior managers.
• challenges and goals that you want to focus on to help you build confidence in your ability, court cases for example.
• knowing and using your strengths in work with families and other professionals.
• building relationships with others and influencing colleagues with a different approach.
• handling difficult conversations or conflict situations.

Our coaches

We have a network of qualified and experienced coaches committed to helping us achieve our mission by developing the leadership skill of participants. The network operates as a community of practice, enabling the sharing of insights between the coaches and Frontline.