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Certificate in Understanding Autism – Loan

Today, over 700,000 people in the UK are autistic, meaning that 2.8m people have a relative on the autism spectrum. Lack of understanding of the condition makes individuals with autism and their families susceptible to isolation and mental health conditions. Therefore, it is crucial that those who work or want to work in the health and social care sector develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism. Not only will this help to give individuals with autism access to the support they need, but it will also contribute to dispelling the myths that exist about the condition.

This course will equip you with a strong knowledge of autism, including how to support individuals with the condition, the relevant legislative framework, the therapeutic interventions available and safeguarding responsibilities.

Anyone who aims to progress on to further qualifications and employment within the health and social care sector will benefit from the course.

Units covered in this programme include:

– Autism in context: In this unit, you will cover the historical context of autism, the diagnosis and characteristics of autism, the legislative framework applicable to autism, and how autism is represented in society.

– Positive behavioural support for individuals with autism: This unit covers behaviour within the context of autism and how to promote an autism-friendly environment. You will also learn about how to promote individual positive behavioural support and the interventions that are used in behavioural support.

– Understand support and management of transitions for individuals with autism: In this unit, you will learn about how transitions can affect people with autism, how to support young people with autism to make the transition into adulthood, and how to support individuals with autism into employment.

– Therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions: This unit covers the range of therapeutic interventions available to individuals with autism. You will also learn about the services available to individuals with autism and their families, and co-occurring conditions and their treatments.

– Communication and social interaction with individuals with autism: In this unit, you will learn about the differences in social interactions and communications associated with autism, how communication can be adapted to support positive interactions and communication with individuals with autism, and a range of strategies and aids used to support communication and social interaction for individuals with autism.

– Safeguarding and resilience in autism: In the final unit of this course, you will learn how to raise concerns about potential or actual harm, abuse or exploitation, how to support the health, safety and well-being of individuals, how the legislative framework safeguards children, young people and adults with autism, and about how and when restrictive practices might be used within legal guidelines.

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Anytime from Aug 2021 : Distance Learning : Part-time
Course Code : CMNX0033/21/AL
Level : Level 3
Duration : 18 Weeks

Cost : Total Fee £811

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Course details


Each unit is assessed though short answer questions of at least one or two paragraphs.

Assessments are completed online via our online assessment platform.

Entry Requirements

We would expect learners to have already completed the Level 2 Certificate in Autism.

You must be over 19 and have been resident in the UK for at least three years.

This is a knowledge based qualification and requires a good level of literacy, reading and writing – GCSE English Grade C or above / Literacy Functional Skill Level 2


You can enrol onto other Level 2 subject specific qualifications or progress onto higher level courses.

Facilities and resources

This course is only available fully online. After your induction call, you will receive an email link to the learning platform which will contain your learning materials, assessments and study plan.


Q: How long will it take to complete this course:

A: This is a distance / home study course, so you can study at your own pace and at a time to suit you, within a 26 week period. A subject specialist tutor will be allocated to you and you can email them should you have any questions relating to your course.

Q: How many hours a week will I need to study?

A: It is important that you can work independently and be dedicated to set time aside each week for your studies, we recommend that you allow a minimum of 7 hours a week. Remember that your study time counts towards your CPD – Continuing Professional Development.

Q: Can I get any support with paying for this course:

A: This course can be funded through the governments advanced learner loan scheme – visit https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan for more information

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Staring Date : 01/08/2021
Course Code : CMNX0033/21/AL Distance Learning Apply

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