This undergraduate course is a successful collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and The National Autistic Society. It is an evidence based course which explores ways of practically supporting people with autism and Asperger syndrome in a range of settings.

The assessment (a case study essay) will allow you to reflect upon your own practice, and use the knowledge you gain to further improve the support you offer to people with autism. Although the assessment is optional, it is highly recommended.

The course is relevant to you if you share our passion to improve the person-centred support being provided to people with autism. As a practitioner or a parent, the course will help you to learn about the theory of autism and relate this to your current practice. By participating in a programme with a multi-disciplinary group of people, from areas including health, education and care, you will also feel confident about using newly-learned skills and approaches to improve the support you provide. Individual places can be booked on the course through Edinburgh Napier University.

Course content

A blended learning approach is utilised for this module, which includes three days face to face at Edinburgh Napier, taught by The National Autistic Society, and further learning online. Programme delivery includes an introduction to autism, evidence-based practice and the SPELL framework for intervention, social communication and interaction, sensory differences, understanding behaviour, personal and family perspectives.

Course dates

The next course will be running on 16, 17 and 18 of May 2018.

Credits awarded

20 credits at the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 8 (equivalent Scottish Higher Education (SHE) level 2 or Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) level 4) awarded by Edinburgh Napier University.

The course has been approved for ILA200 funding. For further information, visit the ILA website to set up your account. 

Course fees


Due to the popularity of this course we would advise early booking. The closing date for applications is 20 April 2018 (or will close when course is full).

For an application pack, please contact Edinburgh Napier University Faculty of Administration on 0131 455 5623 or email


For any initial course enquiries, please contact Mhari Henderson-Laidlaw at