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About the course

Autism is a spectrum condition that affects how a person communicates with others and how they interpret the world around them. There are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism – more than 1 in every 100. Our Understanding Autism course will give you an understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism. You will look at the person-centred approach and the influence that positive communication methods can have and will gain an understanding of how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives. 

Entry requirements

All students will be required to attend an initial induction session at the start of the course and you will be allocated a designated tutor who will support you through your qualification. The induction is designed to give the learner the best possible start and due to the funding process for these courses you will have to complete some enrolment forms and complete an initial screening for Maths and English. The induction is an integral part of the course and can take up to 2 hours. The induction will take place at West Suffolk College in Thetford 


TQUK Level 2 qualification

What you'll learn (core modules)

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to Autism

This unit will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to autism, covering what is meant by 'autism', theories, exploring how autism develops and methods of working with those affected. You will also look at common misconceptions surrounding autism and conditions that develop alongside autism.


  • Unit 2 - Using a Person-Centred Approach to Support Individuals with Autism

This unit covers the method of utilising a person-centred approach in order to support individuals with autism, incorporating the unique preferences and needs of the individual. You will 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 Individuals with Autism

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


  • Unit 4 - Sensory Processing, Perception and Cognition in Individuals with Autism

In this unit you will gain an in-depth understanding of sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism - including hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity. You will also consider how to support the many unique sensory needs of individuals with autism.


  • Unit 5 - Supporting Positive Behaviour in Individuals with Autism

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


  • Unit 6 - Supporting Individuals with Autism 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. You will also gain an understanding of what it is like for an individual to live with autism, including their experiences and their challenges.

How will I be assessed?

This qualification is assessed via an internally assessed portfolio of evidence which is submitted to your tutor using the online portal.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

After the initial induction session all learning is completed online at a time that suits you without the need to attend college.  From March 2020 until further notice these inductions will be held on line via Zoom. Full details will be provided once you have you completed the enrolment process.

Where will this course take me?

Once you have completed your flexible learning course with us, you may feel that you would like to progress with your studies or develop skills in another area and take up another course. Please see our website for more details

How much will it cost?

The course is fully funded and there are no associated costs with completing this course*

However if you start and not complete this course there will be a charge of £125


*The course is fully funded subject to the individual being over 19 and having lived in an EEA country for the last 3 years

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