Interested in a new Graduate Scheme for Social Work?

A two year  high powered graduate scheme, called Frontline has been launched to attract graduates of exceptional quality into Social Work. Like Teach First, after a brief (5 week)  a period of intensive training, you will be launched into the field, so will be placed in a Children and Families social work department, with a mentor, together with  other trainees.     The intensive programme means you qualify as a social worker within a year, gaining a postgraduate diploma after which you can progress to a Masters if you wish. A leadership development programme is integral to the course. Like all graduate training schemes, Frontline is paid employment. Entry requirements – A 2:1 is needed, together with 300 UCAS points.

For Teach First, plenty of experience of working with young people/leadership/teaching is expected, as well as evidence of extra curricular activities – so expectations may be similar with Frontline.The next round for applications will open in Autumn 2014.


Antonia Clark


  1. This is such a good opportunity. I would love to know more about it. I am going to be in my third year doing bsc in Criminology and Sociology at City university.

    • Hi Zubeda. Great to hear that it’s caught your attention. Click the link that takes you through to the homepage of this initiative. Have a good look at what they are saying on the site and if you still have any questions then feel free to book a careers appointment with myself or one of my careers adviser colleagues. We’re open throughout the summer months.

    • Hi Zubeda

      Hope you have now had a chance to read the home page for Frontline, the new graduate scheme for social work. You will see that the next intake is in Autumn. Like with many graduate schemes, you apply a year in advance, so as soon as you return to City for your final year. As mentioned in my blog, do check what actual experience is required already. I suspect that voluntary work with children/teenagers and families in difficulty, as well as some experience of working with people with mental health issues will be expected. If you haven’t got much, the summer vacation is a great time to get it! The alternative way into social Work is via a 2 year MA in Social Work, for which a bursary is sometimes possible. Don’t hesitate to book an appointment with me if you want to talk about your next steps..

      See http://www.prospects.ac.uk for a profile about social work as a career under Types of Jobs.

  2. Thank you both. This was really useful. I am going to book a career guidance appointment.

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