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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

Our Understanding Autism level 2 course will give an understanding of autism and the principles of supporting autistic individuals. Study the person-centred approach and the influence that positive communication methods can have and will gain an understanding of how autistic individuals can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 2

  • Delivery

    Distance / Online

  • Duration

    8 to 12 weeks on average

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Unit 1: Introduction to autism

This unit will provide a comprehensive introduction to autism, covering what is meant by ‘autism’, theories, exploring how autism develops and methods of working with those affected. Discover common misconceptions surrounding autism and conditions that develop alongside autism.

Unit 2: Using a person-centred approach to support autistic individuals

This unit covers the method of utilising a person-centred approach in order to support autistic individuals, incorporating the unique preferences and needs of the individual. Examine the legislation and guidance on autism, as well as the support networks available to individuals diagnosed with the condition and their families.

Unit 3: Communication and social interaction in autistic individuals

This unit covers the delays and difficulties in speech, language, and social development often faced by autistic individuals. Also covered are methods and strategies that could be used when communicating with an autistic individual.

Unit 4: Sensory processing, perception and cognition in autistic individuals

Gain an in-depth understanding of sensory processing, perception and cognition in autistic individuals – including hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity. Also, consider how to support the many unique sensory needs of autistic individuals.

Unit 5: Supporting positive behaviour in autistic individuals

This unit will provide an understanding of an individual’s behaviour in the context of autism and look at how to support positive behaviour and help individuals to develop coping strategies.

Unit 6: Supporting autistic individuals to live healthy and fulfilled lives

This unit covers how to provide effective support through transitions and life events, how to maintain the personal safety of others and how to access the wealth of services, facilities and employment opportunities open to those living with autism. Gain an understanding of what it is like for an autistic individual to live, including their experiences and their challenges.

Learning Method(s)

Online materials
Paper materials
Online assessment
Paper assessment

  • Perfect for beginners

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees


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Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

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