Understanding Autism Certificate Level 2

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This qualification aims to develop your understanding of autism and covers how to best support individuals with autism. You will study the person-centred approach and will gain knowledge of sensory processing, perception and cognition in autistic individuals. Additionally, you will understand how autism affects communication and social interaction.

Fee: Free for unemployed adults who are UK residents. It is available for other adults but charges may apply.

Course Information

This course is fully online and is suitable for anyone aged 19 or over with an interest in developing their understanding of autism. You will be assessed via projects and tasks and there are no exams. For this course, there are no formal entry requirements but you will need Level 1 English and basic digital skills.

Once you have applied, we will carry out a short skills assessment and signpost to other courses if this is not the appropriate course for your needs.


Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for learners who provide direct support (including parents and carers) and those working in sectors such as education, social care, healthcare, leisure and entertainment.

Units / Modules

You will study a range of different topics including:

  • Understanding autism
  • Communication and social interaction
  • Using person-centred approaches to support individuals with autism
  • Sensory processing, perception and cognition
  • Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism

Benefits / Skills

  • Flexible learning - study at a time and pace suitable for your own needs
  • Accredited qualification to enhance your CV
  • Greater awareness of how to support individuals with autism
  • A foundation for progression onto further study in special educational needs
  • Support from experienced tutors with industry experience
  • Develop wider skills in using technology through online learning activities

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry or experience requirements, however you will need to be at Level 1 for literacy.

Career Progression

Progression may include:

  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties Level 2
  • Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health Level 2
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Certificate Level 2 and 3
  • Children and Young People’s Workforce Diploma Level 2 and 3

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Course Details


10 sessions

Study Type

Part time

Start Date

Your start date will be one of the following, depending on which location you attend:

  • 13/09/2021
  • 30/03/2022

Course Code


Course Facts

Trips and Opportunities

Flexible online learning


Understanding the principles of supporting individuals with autism

Extra Curriculum

No experience required

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