Our selection process is designed to test your potential to complete our intensive two-year programme and be successful in social work and beyond. The application process is made up of six stages.



You will begin with a self-selection activity that is designed to give you an insight into social work and to understand how you would approach working with children and families. You will be required to answer a number of multiple-choice questions and to demonstrate your commitment to completing the twoyear programme. 




Once you have registered with your contact details, you will be sent a link to complete the application form. The application form consists of two competency-based questions and there is space for you to provide personal and academic information. We are looking for you to demonstrate your commitment to working with children and families, as well as an understanding of Frontline’s mission.

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Verbal and situational judgement test: As soon as you submit your application form, you will be sent to complete a situational judgement test. We are looking for you to demonstrate your ability to use logic and understand complex information. The questions are based on social work scenarios and you will be asked to select the response you feel is most appropriate. 

We will review your answers and, if you meet the required standard, we will screen your application form.


Having successfully passed the previous application stages you will be emailed a video interview link. This stage gives you a further opportunity to demonstrate your motivation, leadership and ability to work well with people. You will not speak with anyone directly; you will answer pre-recorded questions from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you. You have seven days to complete this interview and it should take around 15 – 20 minutes.

Please note that you are more than welcome to practise with the software beforehand.



If you pass the video interview stage, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre. Our assessment centres last for half a day and typically run from September to January. You will be assessed in five different activities throughout the day, which include a written exercise, a conversation with a care-experienced young person, a group activity, a role play and an interview.

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We recruit on a rolling basis. This means that the sooner you submit your application, the sooner you will be able to attend an assessment centre (if you pass the earlier stages). If you meet our competencies you will be made a conditional offer. Your conditions of offer include: 

– Evidencing your qualifications, your right to work in the UK and completing reference checks. 

– Suitability checks – these include a health form and a DBS check. You may also be required to pass a suitability panel to demonstrate that you can work with vulnerable groups and  complete the Frontline programme.  

For more information, please explore our requirements and advice and guidance pages or see our FAQs .