Understanding Autism

Distance Learning Level 2 Certificate

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Availability & Details

Understanding Autism - Level 2 Certificate - Distance Learning Havant HD-UAUT2C-G(2123)000


Type of study
Adult Learning, Online Learning, Part Time

01-Aug-2021 - 31-Jul-2023 (weeks)

Examination board


This qualification aims to develop your understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism – covering the person-centred approach and influence of positive communication methods, how to support positive behaviour, and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

As all employers are now looking to recruit people who already hold a Level 2 Certificate in English and Mathematics (e.g. GCSE grade C/4 or above), a requirement for the course is that you have a minimum of Level 1 in English or be prepared to sit an English assessment to establish your current levels. Please discuss any queries regarding your Mathematics and English because all applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Unit 1: Introduction to autism

In this unit, you will learn about what is meant by ‘autism’, different theories relating to autism and diagnosis of autism. You will also look at common misconceptions associated with autism and conditions that can co-occur with autism.

Unit 2: Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism

Within this unit, you will discover how to use a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism. You will also look at legislation and guidance and the support networks available to individuals and their families.

Unit 3: Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism

In this unit, you will cover the potential delays and speech, language and social development difficulties individuals with autism face. You will also look at 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 understanding of sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism – including looking at hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity. You will also learn more about how to support the sensory needs of individuals with autism.

Unit 5: Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism

Throughout this unit, you will understand individuals’ behaviours 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 support individuals through transitions and life events, how to maintain their personal safety, and how to access services, facilities and employment opportunities. You will also gain an understanding of what it’s like for an individual to live with autism.

This is an online course, and you will be supported by a qualified assessor who will mark your work and give you feedback.

You will be assessed through a portfolio of work that you will build as you progress through the units. There is no exam.

The objective of this qualification is to help learners to progress within employment in a variety of sectors, and in a number of job roles where an understanding of autism and knowledge of how to support people with autism is required.

My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook