Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism

Delivered at Accrington and Rossendale College University Centre
Start Date September 2023
Duration 32 Weeks
Cost £9000 Year 1

* The fees charged on your course will not rise by more than inflation during your studies but the College reserves the right to increase fees annually by not more than RPIX (Retail Prices Index excluding Mortgage Interest).

If your studies are to be funded by your employer or as part of an Apprenticeship then different rates may apply, please enquire for details.

Course overview

This qualification will increase your knowledge and understanding of autism. By completing the qualification, you will develop in-depth knowledge of autism which could support progression onto appropriate qualifications and into relevant employment in the health and social care

What will I learn

The qualification will help you to understand: how to adopt a positive approach to supporting individuals with autism. You will look at the current legislative framework relating to individuals with autism and how different theories have developed over time. How to support and manage transitions for individuals with autism and the range of therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions. How to support communication and social interaction for individuals with autism. How to develop an understanding of how individuals with autism may be vulnerable and the support worker’s role and responsibilities relating to safeguarding according to legislative requirements

How will the courses be assessed?

Throughout the course you will take part in a range of activities, for example, presentations, group work, independent learning, etc. You will be taught by highly experienced tutors, who will show you practical examples.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however GCSE English or equivalent is desirable.


Achievement of this qualification will help support progression into a variety of job roles and occupational areas within health and social care, or roles in other sectors which support people with autism.
Progression onto the Access to Higher Education (Social Science) with Nelson and Colne College Group

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