Free if you meet the eligibility criteria (click here for details) and if you complete the course (click here for details of our terms and conditions)
Autism is a spectrum condition that affects how a person communicates with others and how they interpret the world around them. There are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism – more than 1 in every 100. Having a clear understanding of the misconceptions, diagnoses and support surrounding autism are just some of the essential skills needed when working in mental health.
Create better care by ensuring you understand the characteristics that may be present in individuals with autism and the conditions that commonly occur with autism.
The course has a credit value of 18 on the Qualifications Credit Framework.
Who is the course suitable for?
This course is appropriate for a wide range of learners and will provide a learner with knowledge and understanding to help prepare or care for an individual with Autism. It will be highly valuable to people who support those with Autism, in a personal or professional capacity.
You do not need to have any formal qualifications in order to follow this course, but you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to work through the specially prepared distance-learning materials.
How is the course delivered?
Candidates work through the course materials for the programme at times convenient to them, so there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualification. The learning materials contain the knowledge needed to meet the assessment requirements of the course and activities to allow candidates to practice their skills and test their learning. Assessments are based on a combination of knowledge and skills learned on the programme and work-based activities and experience. Learners should aim to complete the course within 12 weeks.
The course will cover the following areas and consists of two workbooks:
- Workbook 1: Introduction to Autism. Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism, communication and social interaction in individuals with autism.
- Workbook 2: Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism. Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism, Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives.
The qualification aims to provide a sound preparation for further study and access to a range of vocational qualifications including Diplomas in Health and Social Care.