Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

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.

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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 is the course delivered?

This course is delivered fully online through a online learning platform.

Support is provided throughout from professionally trained tutors who are available to provide guidance and mark assignments, as well as provide feedback on progress where required.

This course is not suitable for absolute beginners, therefore learners are expected to have existing computer skills to Level 1 standard.

How will I be assessed?

All work is completed and submitted online, with an assessor assigned to mark and feedback on your work upon submission.

This course is fully funded via the Government Adult Education Budget for learners who meet the age, residency and income criteria.

All applicants must be aged 19 and over, and those aged 19-23 are only eligible if they have already achieved a full Level 2 qualification or equivalent. If you are aged 24 and above you do not require any prior academic qualifications.

Applicants must have lived in the EU for the last three years and currently reside in England with a postcode outside of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, and the West Midlands.

All applicants will also be assessed to ensure they meet the required standard of English language skills.

Funding and Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for a FREE Level 2 online learning course, you must meet the below requirements:
You must be aged 19 years or over as at 31/08/21
If you are aged 19-23, you must hold a full Level 2 qualification or above in any subject* (If you are aged 24+ you do not need to have a qualification)
You must have lived in the EU for the last three years
You must reside in England with a postcode outside of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, and the West Midlands.
You must not be on another funded programme i.e. an apprenticeship or another distance learning or online course
You must not have completed this course or a similar course previously
You must not be on another distance learning course with another training provider
Applicants must also meet the low income and unemployment criteria below. You will only be fully-funded if:
You are working but earning less than £18,525 per year or are unemployed and in receipt of benefits, are aged 19 – 23 and have achieved a full Level 2
You are working but earning less than £18,525 per year or are unemployed and in receipt of benefits and are aged 24+

*A full Level 2 achievement is equivalent to 5 or more GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A* to C). 

Level 2 qualifications are:

  • CSE – grade 1
  • GCSE – grades 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 or grades A*, A, B, C
  • intermediate apprenticeship
  • level 2 award
  • level 2 certificate
  • level 2 diploma
  • level 2 ESOL
  • level 2 essential skills
  • level 2 functional skills
  • level 2 national certificate
  • level 2 national diploma
  • level 2 NVQ
  • music grades 4 and 5
  • O level – grade A, B or C

Please get in touch with us using the enquiry buttons menu in the section below if you are interested in enrolling onto this programme

You can phone us via the details provided on this page or submit the course enquiry form located in the menu in the section below.

Our adult Learning Shops will then book an appointment with a National Carers Service adviser and make arrangements for you to complete an assessment to determine if this course is at an appropriate level for you to study at.*

Learners will attend an induction and assessment session which will be used to check your existing knowledge to ensure this is the most suitable course for you.

We will also need to confirm whether or not you are eligible to pay any course fees, and you may be asked to provide some further information about your current employment and financial status and previous learning.

*For employers or training managers enquiring about this course on behalf of your organisation for staff training purposes, National Careers Service appointments are not a mandatory part of the enrolment process.

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
Course Outline: Aims to give you an understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism
Qualification: TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
LevelLevel 2
LocationDistance Learning – Delivered Online
Duration14 Weeks
Start DateLearners can enrol on these courses throughout the year
AttendanceFlexible attendance throughout the year
PriceSubject to eligibility this course may be fully-funded

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