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Certificate, Level 2

Understanding Autism

You will learn what is meant by autism and the theories used in diagnosing the conditions that can co-occur. You will learn about using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism, how to incorporate the preferences and needs of the individuals, and the support networks available to individuals and their families. You will also learn about the delays and difficulties in speech, language and communication that individuals with autism can face. You will look at the different methods and strategies that can be used to communicate with an individual with autism.

Completion within 14 weeks, although early completion is achievable

Benefits of Study:

  • No need to attend college, work from home at a pace that suits you
  • Achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification
  • Further your personal and professional development
  • Available at no cost
  • Receive support and guidance from a dedicated team of qualified assessors/tutors
  • Study will enhance your personal and professional skills

The student will learn through the support of relevant materials for the course, with a knowledgeable tutor providing advice and guidance on the course content.


  • Introduction to autism
  • Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism
  • Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism
  • Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism
  • Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism
  • Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives

You may wish to complete further distance learning courses in: Understanding Behaviour that Challenges, Behaviour that Challenges in Children and Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities.

No specific entry requirements, however good written English is desirable.

The course is delivered via distance learning, supported by online flipbooks. Work is assessed by the tutor throughout the course from induction to completion.