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Certificate in Understanding Autism

This qualification helps you understand the spectrum of autistic disorders and how they can affect people. You will explore the importance of person-centred approaches to providing support and how to use appropriate communication skills and positive behaviour to encourage individuals with autistic spectrum conditions to live fulfilling, independent lives.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Health
Adult and Community
Location: Distance Learning
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 12
Hours: 1.00
Start: Flexible
Distance Learning

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Course Information for Students

This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to develop their understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals to live healthy and fulfilled lives. The course will benefit anyone working, or looking to work, with individuals who have an autistic spectrum condition.

You need a good level of English – both reading and written. 

This course is split into six manageable 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

Courses are delivered via distance learning, allowing you to choose when and where to study. Personal tutors are assigned to ensure you have the support needed to succeed.

You need access to a laptop and the Internet. 

You will be assessed via our elearning platform. 

You could consider the:

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  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health
  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Prevention and Control of Infection
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication
  • Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
  • Level 2 Certificate in Warehousing
  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Customer Service
  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Team Leading
  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business Administration
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Retail Operations
  • Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles for Digital Skills in Employment
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Environmental Sustainability 
  • Level 2 Certificate in Safeguarding, Prevent and British Values 


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Course Information Last Updated On: November 10, 2022 4:45 pm