You can find out more about studying social work and the funding arrangements from our advice on the university route into social work.
The Frontline programme trains graduates to undertake children’s social work over the course of two years. Those recruited on to the programme are based in a local authority, supervised by a qualified social worker, and become qualified themselves at the end of the first year, going on to manage their own caseloads in the second year.
You’ll need some experience of social work or social care before applying, which could be obtained through paid work, placements or volunteering.
Personal experience such as caring for a friend or relative could also be relevant.
The university has helped to shape social work services in Scotland, playing a vital role in the creation of the Social Work (Scotland) Act in 1968.</p Good scores in all measures, particularly Graduate Prospects and Research Quality, have helped Nottingham in the 2020 ranking.
As a bonus, the Social Work course at the university is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).</p The course at UEA has partnerships with Norfolk and Suffolk county councils, and it is also accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
However, they are expected to undertake 24 days of training and learning within twelve months of registering with the Scottish Social Services Council, and five days of this must relate to the protection of adults or children from harm.
In Northern Ireland, newly qualified social workers must undertake the assessed year in employment (AYE) in order to become fully registered with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council.
There are no fixed qualification requirements for the majority of these roles, so they are potentially wide open to school leavers.
You can take care-related qualifications at different levels and your employer may support you to do this while you are working.