Autism is described by The National Autistic Society as a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. Individual preference regarding terminology used for an individual on the autism spectrum may vary and must be valued and respected.
There are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism – more than 1 in every 100.
Having a clear understanding of the misconceptions, diagnoses and support surrounding autism are just some of the essential skills needed when working in mental health.
- Achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification
- Improve your understanding of theories relating to autism
- Further your personal and professional development
- Ensure you understand what is meant by autism and how it is diagnosed
- Learn at a time that suits you without the need to attend college
Our online courses are completed online, so there is no need for any personal attendance in college, however you can always attend college if you feel you need this.
You will complete assessments by answering questions and submitting them to your tutor via the online learning platform.
You will be given full written feedback on your assessments within 5 working days.
Your tutor is available by Email, or Mobile Phone during office hours if you need support with your studies.
To study the courses, you need to have a suitable device such as a laptop, a desktop computer or a tablet such as an iPad. You also need access to the internet.
Please note: It is not possible to complete the courses on a mobile phone as they are not compatible with our learning platform.
On successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate from NCFE awarding body, confirming your achievement.
Distance / Online
You will need to achieve all 6 units to achieve your qualification.
- Introduction to Autism (H/507/2764)
- Using a Person-Centred Approach to Support Individuals with Autism (K/507/2765)
- Communication and Social Interaction in Individuals with Autism (M/507/2766)
- Sensory Processing, Perception and Cognition in Individuals with Autism (T/507/2767)
- Supporting Positive Behaviour in Individuals with Autism (A/507/2768)
- Supporting Individuals with Autism to Live Healthy and Fulfilled Lives (F/507/2769)
Portfolio of Evidence
This qualification is internally assessed and internally quality assured by Centre staff and externally quality assured by NCFE External Quality Assurance Consultants (EQACs).
There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification, however you must:
- Currently live in England
- Resident in the UK/EU for 3+ years, for purposes other than study
- be aged 19+
- Not be on an apprenticeship
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:
- Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator)
- Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
- Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
- Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England)
- Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young People with Autism
- Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services
- Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare
It may also be useful to learners studying qualifications in the following sectors:
- social care
- early years voluntary
Course Career Prospects
Whether you work with autistic people, or if you or someone you know is autistic, this course can help increase knowledge and destigmatise autism.
It could also improve your CV for many different job roles, such as:
- Teaching Assistant (£11,500 to £23,000)
- Nursery worker (£14,000 to £24,000)
- Training Officer (£14,000 to £24,000)
Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.