Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

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This qualification aims to develop learners’ understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with this condition.

The course will look at the influence of positive communication methods, how to support positive behaviour, and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives using a person centred care approach.

The course is suitable for learners who provide direct support (including parents and carers) and those working in sectors such as:

  • Healthcare 
  • Social care 
  • Leisure 
  • Entertainment 
  • Education and training 
  • Nursing

Course Information

To be awarded the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism, learners are required to successfully complete six mandatory units: 

  • Unit 01 Introduction to autism 
  • Unit 02 Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism 
  • Unit 03 Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism
  • Unit 04 Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism 
  • Unit 05 Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism 
  • Unit 06 Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives
Learners complete a portfolio of evidence. Assessment is ongoing throughout the programme using a range of assessment methods including case studies, written reflections, project work and written questions.


Entry Requirements

Learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification in English.

Career Progression

Learners can progress onto: Level 2 Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties Level 2 Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 and 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce

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Course Details


10 weeks

Study Type

Full time

Course Code


Course Fee (16-18)

No fee

Education and Childcare
Leeds City College
Leeds City College