Our postgraduate certificate in autism and Asperger syndrome is a successful collaboration between The National Autistic Society and Sheffield Hallam University, which has run since 2003.

The course is offered nationally and in future, we plan to offer it internationally, as it is the only qualification of this kind. The course has been sponsored and developed with support from The Asperger Syndrome Foundation founder Beatrice Buisseret.

During the three attendance days there will be a variety of speakers including Dr Luke Beardon and speakers with Asperger syndrome.

Application details can be found at the bottom of this page.


  • Glasgow (tbc) - 3, 4 and 5 November 2015
  • Manchester (tbc) - 8, 9 and 10 March 2016
  • London (tbc) - 15, 16, 17 November 2016

Course content (module 1)

Our content over the three attendance days will include topics such as psychological theories of autism and Asperger syndrome, social communication difficulties, sensory differences, perceived offending conduct and a variety of individual perspectives.*

Credits awarded

This course consists of two modules. Module 1 awards 30 academic credits at Masters level after submission of a 6,000-word assignment.

To achieve the postgraduate certificate and a further 30 credits at Masters level, students must complete Module 2, a reflection of professional learning unit and another 6,000-word assignment. This credit can be used towards a full Masters. Participants should hold a degree or equivalent.

Course fees

£1035.00 per module (*Fees are set by Sheffield Hallam University, subject to change. Applicable from September 2015).

Application form

Download our application form

Closing dates for applications to this course are as follows:

  • Glasgow – 9 October 2015
  • Manchester – 12 February 2016
  • London - 10 October 2016

Due to the popularity of this course we would advise early booking to avoid disappointment.

To make an enquiry please call 0141 285 7117 (choose option 1 then option 1 again) or email training.enquiries@nas.org.uk.

*Content is subject to change.