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Certificate in Understanding Autism (TQUK Level 2 Certificate RQF) (19+) — Online Learning

Course outline

This course is perfect if you work with children or adults with autism or are a parent wanting to gain a better understanding of the condition. The course will raise awareness of all aspects of autism.

The modules covered within the subject are:

You will learn:

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.

    How to apply for this course

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    Online Learning

    You can start this course at any time.

    Course code: C045271 / Q045272


    TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism RQF


    You will study this course at your own pace, but it must be completed within 12 weeks. You will receive an automated email reminding you of when you need to complete your assignment.

    Level Level 2
    Entry requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements but you must be aged 19+.

    Please note: All students will need to complete an Initial Assessment before being enrolled onto the course.

    Teaching & assessment

    Your assessment will be submitted online through the platform, and you will receive feedback from a member of the team who will assess your work and provide thorough and supportive feedback.


    You may complete this qualification in preparation to apply and work in this industry or to enhance their understanding of their work environment. Alternatively, you may wish to progress in the subject to a higher level.

      Additional information

      Learners may be eligible for funding* which means the course will be free to complete, subject to providing evidence requested to meet the criteria for free courses. There is a £100 withdrawal fee if a learner does not complete the course and we may be able to offer extensions if learners are unable to meet their submission deadlines for their course units.

      *If you are a 19-23 year old without a prior Level 2 qualification these courses will not be funded, please contact the enquiries team to discuss all available options for you.

      *Geographical restrictions may apply.

      You must be aged 19+ to apply for this course.