For queries relating to eligibility, please contact admissions@thefrontline.org.uk. For general programme queries, please contact recruitment@thefrontline.org.uk.


To apply for our leadership development programme you must have:

  • A 2.1 (predicted or obtained) or higher in an undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) OR a 2.2 in an undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) as well as a level 7 (i.e. Master’s degree) qualification
  • At least grade C in English Language and Maths at GCSE level (or equivalent qualification) – higher qualifications will not be accepted in place of GCSEs

Exceptional or mitigating circumstances cannot be considered for applicants who do not meet the above criteria.

Applicants must meet our eligibility criteria at the point of application (with the exception of final year undergraduate students). If you are invited to a Frontline assessment centre, you will be required to provide the original hard copies of your qualification certificates, and your right to work documents, on the day. You will not be assessed if you do not possess these.

If you have lost or can’t find your original certificates, you will need to order a replacement certificate or official statement of results from the relevant awarding body. Please note the cost of replacement certificates is the responsibility of the applicant and exam boards can take up to six weeks to process your request. We therefore ask that you ensure you have all necessary documents before submitting your application.

Please note that we do not accept photocopies, photographs or scans of certificates. We are also unable to accept letters from institutions as proof of your qualification.


There are a number of UK Level 2 qualifications that we are able to accept as equivalent to grade C in GCSE English Language and Maths. These include:

  • Reformed GCSE at Grade 4 or above
  • GCE O Level at Grade C or above
  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) at Grade C or above
  • Functional Skills Level 2 at grade pass
  • Key Skills Level 2 at grade pass
  • Edexcel Certificate Level 2
  • Adult Literacy/Numeracy Level 2 at grade pass
  • Scottish Certificate of Education Standard Grade, Grade C/2 or above in Maths or English
  • Scottish Certificate of Education Higher Grade, Grade D or above in Maths or English
  • Access to HE Diploma with GCSE Equivalences
  • Essential Skills Wales Application of Number Level 2

We also accept the following international qualifications as equivalent to Grade C in GCSE English Language and Maths. These include:

  • IELTS level 7 (with at least 6.5 in each element) as equivalent to GCSE English Language
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) with pass mark in the following subjects:
    • English A1 (first language) as equivalent to GCSE English Language
    • Maths taught in English as equivalent to GCSE Maths


Frontline will accept the following level 7 qualifications:

• Masters
• Postgraduate Diploma
• Postgraduate Certificate
• NVQ Level 7

If you need further guidance information about your international qualification, applicants are advised to liaise with the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) can provide guidancefor guidance.

It is the responsibility of the applicants to check with NARIC, before they submit their application, that their international qualifications are considered comparable to the UK equivalent required to meet the eligibility criteria.

The Admissions team will confirm an applicant’s final classification meets the appropriate grade standard with our University Partner. Frontline cannot check international qualification documentation of those who have yet to submit an application.


To apply for our Leadership Development programme you must:

  • Have the right to work and study (including access to public funds for non-EEA applicants) in the UK until September 2022
  • Be residing in England by July 2020

We accept the following documents as proof of the right to work in the UK:

  • A UK passport (valid or expired)
  • An EEA (or Swiss) passport
  • A full UK birth or adoption certificate, together with an official document which provides your permanent national insurance number issued by a government agency or previous employer e.g. a P45 or P60 (we will not accept national insurance cards)
  • A certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen, together with an official document which provides your permanent national insurance number issued by a Government agency or previous employer e.g. a P45 or P60.
  • A non-UK/EEA/Swiss passport, together with a Permanent Residence Card


If you have changed your name and the name on your documents does not match your current legal name, you will need to provide name change documentation in the form of one of the following accepted documents:

  • Marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • Deed poll certificate
  • Adoption order/certificate
  • Gender recognition certificate
  • Statutory declaration/affidavit

If you have changed your name more than once, you may be asked to provide evidence of all changes.

Please note your official name on your records will be updated to reflect your legal name.


If successful at an assessment centre, every applicant will be required to submit at least two satisfactory references before receiving a conditional offer for the Frontline Leadership Development programme.

Before submitting your application, you should consider who can provide a reference on your behalf. We recommend that you speak to your referee before submitting their contact details.

Standard generic references will not be accepted. Please ensure you’re checking with your referee first before providing their contact details.


You must supply at least two references which cover the two years prior to the date of your assessment centre.

Assessment centre date Reference period start date Reference period end date
September – December 2019 1 September 2017 Applicant’s assessment centre date
January – April 2020 1 January 2018

You may be asked to provide details of more than two referees where there are gaps within your references or where where you have had employment or voluntary experience working with children within the last two years, or in some circumstances, within the last five years. This is a safeguarding requirement in order for you to be able to work with vulnerable children and families during your placement in a local authority in the first year and as an employee of the local authority in the second year.

All referees must have acted in a position of responsibility, for example as your line manager, supervisor or university tutor, and be able to comment on your suitability to work with vulnerable children and adults. For all references – including character referees unless retired – you must supply the referee’s professional (e.g. work or university) contact details. For safeguarding reasons, Frontline does not normally accept references sent from personal email accounts.

All applicants who are currently employed will be required to provide a reference from their current employer before they commence their shadowing days in their local authority.

For applicants in their final year of their undergraduate studies, one of their references must be from their personal tutor/lecturer who can comment on their academic ability.

Frontline reserve the right to request additional information and/or references where required.  

For more details, please see our reference guidance.