York Consulting was commissioned by the Department for Education to undertake a research exercise to explore the costs associated with qualifying as a social worker, via both traditional (undergraduate and postgraduate) and accelerated (Frontline and Step Up) qualification routes.
The aim was to establish the cost to government and wider economy of a student qualifying and beginning practice as a social worker by these different routes, informing future policy and funding decisions.
This study is based on estimates of actual resource costs and the purchase price of programmes.
The authors have tried to minimise complexity but the precise nature of the analysis has made it necessary to introduce technical terms associated with both the methodology and funding structures associated with particular delivery routes....
Download the full report here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-work-qualification-routes-comparing-the-costs