Is this the course for you?
People on the autistic spectrum can range from mild to severe, and each individual case requires a personalised approach. This nationally-recognised qualification will help you to gain an understanding of the spectrum of autistic disorders and how they can affect people in a variety of ways, as well as explore the importance of using a person-centred approach to provide support.
You will also learn how to use appropriate communication skills, and positive behaviour, to encourage individuals with autistic spectrum conditions to live fulfilling and independent lives.
Whether you are looking to take your first steps towards a rewarding career in a care or support-based role; would like to develop specialist skills for your current position; are already caring for people who have autism; or would simply like to better understand autism for personal reasons; this course can give you the knowledge and confidence to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions.
This is an online course taught over 10-12 weeks, meaning you can choose when and where you study. It offers you the flexibility to fit your studies around your existing work, training, or home-life commitments, whilst achieving agreed deadlines set by you and your tutor.
What modules will you do?
You will study the following units:
- Unit 1: Introduction to autism
- Unit 2: Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism
- Unit 3: Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism
- Unit 4: Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism
- Unit 5: Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism
- Unit 6: Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives
What do you need to apply?
4 GCSE qualifications (or equivalent) at grade D or 3 or above, or Level 1 vocational qualification, or Level 1 qualification in English.
Additional Information: If you do not hold a suitable Level 1 qualification, or cannot provide evidence of one, you may still be able to enrol on this course following an initial assessment to test your level of literacy in English.
How will you be assessed?
This course can be completed fully online, or via paper-based learning. Both options are assessed via online tests and assessments.
Where can this course take you?
This course is suitable if you are already working in a health or social care setting; are looking to find employment in a number of care or support-based roles; or would like to further your understanding of autism for personal reasons. It can also give you the opportunity to increase your career options through further study.
After successfully passing the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism, you may wish to consider progressing on to one of the following Level 3 courses to expand your knowledge and skills:
- Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Health and Social Care (BTEC)
- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (BTEC)
- Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (NCFE CACHE)
- Level 3 Early Years Educator Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (NCFE CACHE)