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Step Up To Social Work VS Frontline VS Social Work MA

hi everyone, my name's Isabel and I'm a literature student about to go into her final year of BA study. I recently realized I want to become a social worker and have been looking at different avenues after my degree that can lead to it, and so far I've found the Step Up To Social Work programme, the Frontline programme and of course, doing a Masters in social work.

I was just wondering if anyone knows if these 3 options are held in different esteem by employers? Obviously after my Bachelors my first choice is Step Up as it's quicker than a Masters and also y'know, doesn't require me to sell my soul and firstborn to afford it, but is it just as well respected as a Masters degree? What about Frontline (which will be my second option, hopefully.)

Sorry to bombard everyone with questions, I'm just very nervous about the future and trying to get together as comprehensive a plan as possible, haha. Any other BA students looking into going into social work? :smile:
Reply 1
The Step up is well respected but also very intense so u need to be prepared to work and attend uni. I think though its better than the masters in that u will be earning money at the same time. I am also hopping to get on it. The disadvantage is that not all unis are part of it .U might have to travel far depending on the region u live. Hope it helps.
Step up does not provide the full qualification, it is only 14months and you would need to continue to complete a full masters which may or may not be funded so although it's great in a way, it's not in that it doesn't actually qualify you. Frontline takes longer but provides funding and the full qualification. There's also think ahead if you are interested in mental health at all. I would not do the normal masters if you can help it as I have heard of people struggling to find employment after it.
Original post by Penelope25
There's also think ahead if you are interested in mental health at all.


Oh my god thank you so so much - after reading your reply I had a quick google as I'd never heard of think ahead and this is absolutely ideal, it's exactly what I want to do! Really, I can't thank you enough :biggrin:
Hi,
I've been offered a place through Manchester University and I am a little concerned...
Can I ask;
What is the monthly income on this course?
Do you qualify as a Social Worker after you complete the course?
Thanks!!
Original post by Reggie Roo Roo
Hi,
I've been offered a place through Manchester University and I am a little concerned...
Can I ask;
What is the monthly income on this course?
Do you qualify as a Social Worker after you complete the course?
Thanks!!


which course are you referring to?
Original post by ladyserendipity
Oh my god thank you so so much - after reading your reply I had a quick google as I'd never heard of think ahead and this is absolutely ideal, it's exactly what I want to do! Really, I can't thank you enough :biggrin:


no worries at all :smile:
Hi did u get a place? I really hope u did :smile: I am applying for it at the moment and I am desperate to hear from anyone who is current in the program.
Also any tips for application.
Thank you so much!
Original post by Penelope25
no worries at all :smile:
Original post by Penelope25
Step up does not provide the full qualification, it is only 14months and you would need to continue to complete a full masters which may or may not be funded so although it's great in a way, it's not in that it doesn't actually qualify you. Frontline takes longer but provides funding and the full qualification. There's also think ahead if you are interested in mental health at all. I would not do the normal masters if you can help it as I have heard of people struggling to find employment after it.
Step up qualifies you as a fully qualified social worker in 14 months. Its a post graduate qualification not a masters program. You don't need to do a dissertation and do a full masters to qualify as a social worker. Hope that clears it up.

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