Our Information Centre is often contacted by people who want to increase their knowledge of autism and related disorders. A number of universities and colleges run courses which may be of interest to professionals working with children and adults who have autism spectrum disorders. The majority of these are at postgraduate level and are designed for teachers who already have relevant teaching experience. There are some courses at certificate level for people who do not have teaching or similar academic qualifications.

Several universities also offer programmes leading to a master’s degree for people interested in research. The majority of courses are part time and many are designed for people who are working during the day. For more detailed and possibly more up-to-date information, please contact the university or college directly.

Please note that inclusion on this list should not be taken as a recommendation by the NAS. Enquirers should contact individual establishments for further details of the course they are interested in.


The National Autistic Society

Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger Syndrome
This course consists of two modules. Module 1 ‘Autism & Asperger Syndrome’ awards 30 academic credits at Masters level, after submission of a 6,000 word assignment. Attendance on 3 days is required. Module 2 'Autism, Policy and Practice' follows on. This module enables students to reflect on Autism and Asperger syndrome in relation to strategy, policy, and/or legislation in the context of their own personal or professional setting with another 6,000-word assignment, after which the student will be awarded a further 30 credits and the Postgraduate Certificate. This credit can be used towards a full Masters. Participants should hold a degree or equivalent.

Course dates and fees are listed at www.autism.org.uk/universitycourses
Find out more: tel: 0141 285 7117; email: training@nas.org.uk

Principles and Practice of Working with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
This course, validated by the University of Cumbria, provides 20 academic credits at level 4, 5, 6 and 7. It is aimed at anyone working directly or indirectly with people on the autism spectrum. A practice-based course, it explores ways of working with people with autism and Asperger syndrome in range of settings. This course is delivered over a six-week period and includes three attendance days taught by National Autistic Society lecturers with further opportunities for optional tutorials with the University of Cumbria programme leader. Course are run at both the Lancaster and Tower Hamlets campuses.

Future course dates are listed on the link to this course on www.autism.org.uk/universitycourses
Find out more: tel: 01524 384444; email: healthadmissions@cumbria.ac.uk

Working with the Autism Spectrum (Theory into Practice)
This undergraduate SCQF level 8 (equivalent to SHE level 2 or SVQ level 4) course is a collaboration between The National Autistic Society and Edinburgh Napier University. It is an evidence-based course which explores ways of practically supporting people with autism and Asperger syndrome in a range of settings. 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. A blended learning approach is used for this module, which includes three days face to face at Edinburgh Napier, taught by The National Autistic Society, and further learning online. 

Future course dates are listed on the link to this course on www.autism.org.uk/universitycourses
Find out more: tel: 0141 285 7117; email: training@nas.org.uk
You can also contact the Faculty of Administration: tel: 0131 455 5365; email: a.proc@napier.ac.uk
For content enquiries contact Janet Smith: tel: 0131 455 5320; email ja.smith@napier.ac.uk

Certificate in Understanding Autism in Schools
This course is a flexible learning programme for schools aimed at school staff working with learners with autism spectrum disorders in both teaching and support services. It is a three-day programme leading to a Certificate in Understanding Autism (accredited at 40 credits level 4 or 5 by Canterbury Christ Church University). The course is purchased by local authorities, who then make places available to staff working in education, usually taken one day per school term.

Course dates and fees are listed on the link to this course on www.autism.org.uk/universitycourses
Find out more: tel: 0141 285 7117; email training@nas.org.uk.

Further information from:
Training and Consultancy,
The National Autistic Society,
1st Floor Central Chambers,
109 Hope Street,
Glasgow,
G2 6LL
Tel: 0141 285 7117
Fax: 0141 221 8118
Email: training@nas.org.uk
Website:www.autism.org.uk/training


University of Aberdeen 

Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Learning
This is a 60 credit programme comprising two 30 credit courses divided into four modules. Each module is delivered face-to-face over three days between September to June.

  • Module 1a: Understanding Autism in an Inclusive Context: this module will cover a range of conceptual issues fundamental to an understanding of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and inclusion.
  • Module 1b: Enabling Learning and Participation - Approaches and Interventions: participants will gain experience in translating concepts and principles acquired in module 1a into effective practice.
  • Module 2a: Making Sense of Behaviour: this module explores the links between the triad of impairments, sensory issues and behaviour, and offers practical, person-centred strategies for identifying constructive solutions.
  • Module 2b: The Autism Friendly Workplace: this module will explore how the workplaces can, through policy, practice and provision, provide understanding, quality support and effective learning opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum.

 

Participants who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Learning can proceed to Diploma and Masters level.

Future course dates can be obtained by contacting: tel: 01224 274807; email: autism@abdn.ac.uk
The cost of the Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Learning for 2013-2014 is £1000.

Further information from:
School of Education,
University of Aberdeen,
MacRobert Building,
King's College,
Aberdeen,
AB24 5UA
Tel: 01224 274807
Fax: 01224 274628
Email: autism@abdn.ac.uk
Website: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/education/


Bangor University, Wales – School of Psychology

Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis
Modular, 1 year FT or PT over 2 or 3 years (1 year Postgraduate Certificate in ABA, 2 or 3 years either Postgraduate Diploma in ABA, or MSc in ABA). The MSc covers content eligibility criteria for sitting the full Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBA) exam.

Further information from:
Maggie Hoerger,
Programme Administrator,
School of Psychology,
Adeilad Brigantia,
University of Wales Bangor,
Gwynedd,
LL57 2AS
Tel: 01248 388475
Email: m.hoerger@bangor.ac.uk ; psychology@bangor.ac.uk
Website: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/psychology


Queen’s University Belfast

Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Autistic Spectrum Disorders 
Modular course: four core modules and 2 optional modules (20 CATS each). Modules focus on: 1. Children with ASD; 2. Adults with ASD; 3. Concepts and models of interventions; 4. Behaviour change. Partly delivered online. Each module contained in 3 full-day workshops and one workshop online. Can be taken in one year full-time, or up to five years part-time. Entrance requirements: course participants should have an honours degree or equivalent, and one year's relevant professional experience in working with children/young people with ASD, or a degree or equivalent and five years’ experience. Applicants should have access to a professionally relevant working environment.

Further information from:
The Administrator or Professor Karola Dillenburger,
School of Education,
Queen’s University,
69 University Street,
Belfast,
BT7 1HL
Tel: 028 9097 5923
Email: k.dillenburger@qub.ac.uk
Website: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofEducation/StudyattheSchool/MastersProgrammes/AutismSpectrumDisordersMSc

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) / Master in Applied Behaviour Analysis (MScABA)  
Programme structure: six core modules and auditing the Research Methods module (20 CATS each). Core modules are: 1. Concepts and Principles of Behaviour Analysis; 2. Fundamental Elements of Behaviour Change; 3. Behaviour Change and Education; 4. Assessment in Behaviour Analysis; 5. Evaluation in Behaviour Analysis; 6. Ethics and Professional Conduct; 7. Research Methods in Education (attendance required but not assessment). This is a highly interactive blended learning programme with all contents delivered online and one on-campus workshop per module. The programme includes a Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB®) approved course sequence (4th Edition Tasklist) (practice element not included) and should be of interest to professionals wishing to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts and to those in the ‘helping’ professions as well as for students preparing for PhD studies. The programme can be taken in one year full-time or up to five years part-time. Entrance requirements: applicants should hold a first or 2.1 honours degree or equivalent, one year of relevant professional experience and access to a professionally relevant working environment.

Further information from:
Education Secretary or Dr Katerina Dounavi,
MScABA Coordinator
School of Education,
Queen’s University,
69 University Street,
Belfast,
BT7 1HL
Tel: 028 9097 5923, 028 9097 5032
Email: k.dounavi@qub.ac.uk, education@qub.ac.uk
Website: http://go.qub.ac.uk/MScABA


University  of Birmingham - School of Education, Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER)

Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) at the University of Birmingham offers a number of courses in autism spectrum to suit applicants who have different levels of academic qualifications and experience. These are given below. Parents of children with autism spectrum and individuals with autism spectrum who are in a support or other professional role are also eligible to study on the programmes. All our courses start in September, so we recommend that applications are submitted by July of each year.

University Certificate in Autism (Level C)
Autistic Spectrum (Webautism). Available by web-based Distance Education. This is an entry level course, open to applicants who have experience of supporting children or adults on the autism spectrum in education, health settings, social care or the voluntary sector. These include learning support assistants, support staff and parents. Applicants should have access to the Internet. No prior academic background necessary.

For further details on Webautism, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/undergraduate/edu/autism-spectrum.aspx

Contact

Andrea Macleod
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8442
Email: a.g.macleod@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kerstin Wittemeyer
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8148
Email: k.wittemeyer@bham.ac.uk

Louise Jelf (Programme administrator)
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 3681
Email: l.s.jelf@bham.ac.uk

Advanced Certificate (Level H)
Autism (Adults). Available by Distance Education. This is a one-year course open to those who have qualifications in teaching, social care, or health related professions (including vocational qualifications) or relevant experience and an appropriate educational background. Applicants should have at least two years’ experience of working with or living with adults on the autism spectrum.

For further details on Autism (Adults) please visit: 
www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/distance/edu/autism-adults.aspx

Contact

Ms Andrea MacLeod
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8442

Email: a.g.macleod@bham.ac.uk

Autism Adults Programme Administrator
Claudia Macleod
Email: c.macleod@bham.ac.uk

Bachelor of Philosophy (Level H)
Autism (Adults). Available by Distance Education. This is a two-year course open to those who have qualifications equivalent to two years study at HE level and at least two years’ experience of working with or living with adults on the autism spectrum. Students who achieve the Advanced Certificate may transfer onto the BPhil programme.

Postgraduate Certificate /Diploma (Level M)
Autism (Adults). Available by Distance Education.
This is offered over one year (Certificate) or two years (Diploma) and is open to those who have a degree or degree equivalent and qualifications or appropriate experience in teaching, social care or health-related professions. Applicants should have at least two years’ post qualification experience of working with or living with adults with autism spectrum.

MEd in Autism (Level M)
Autism (Adults). Available by Distance Education. This is offered over three years and is open to those who have a degree or degree equivalent a qualification in teaching, social care, or a health-related profession. Applicants should have at least two years’ post qualification experience and some experience of working with or living with adults on the autism spectrum.

For further details on Autism (Adults), please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/distance/edu/autism-adults.aspx

Advanced Certificate (Level H)
Autism (Children). Available by Distance Education or on the University of Birmingham campus. This is a one-year course open to those who have qualifications in teaching, social care, or health related professions (including vocational qualifications) or relevant experience and an appropriate educational background. Applicants should have at least two years’ experience of working with or living with children on the autism spectrum.

For further information please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/postgraduate/taught/edu/autism-children.aspx

Contact

Distance learning programmes
Dr Glenys Jones
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7102
Email: g.e.jones@bham.ac.uk  

Programme Administrator
Claudia Macleod
Email: c.macleod@bham.ac.uk

Campus programmes
Dr Kerstin Wittemeyer
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8148
Email: k.wittemeyer@bham.ac.uk

Programme Administrator
Linda Brush
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4838
Email: l.j.brush@bham.ac.uk  

Bachelor of Philosophy (Level H)
Autism (Children). Available by Distance Education or on the University of Birmingham campus. This is a two-year course open to those who have qualifications equivalent to two years study at HE level and at least two years’ experience of working with or living with children on the autism spectrum. Students who achieve the Advanced Certificate may also transfer onto the BPhil programme.

For further information please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/postgraduate/taught/edu/autism-children.aspx

Contact

Distance learning programmes
Dr Glenys Jones
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7102
Email: g.e.jones@bham.ac.uk  

Programme Administrator
Claudia Macleod
Email: c.macleod@bham.ac.uk

Campus programmes
Dr Kerstin Wittemeyer
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8148
Email: k.wittemeyer@bham.ac.uk

Programme Administrator
Linda Brush
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4838
Email: l.j.brush@bham.ac.uk

 

Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma (Level M)
Autism (Children). Available by Distance Education or on the University of Birmingham campus. This is offered over one year (Certificate) or two years (Diploma) and is open to those who have a degree or degree equivalent, and qualifications or equivalent experience in teaching, social care or health related professions. Applicants should have at least two years’ post-qualification experience of working with or living with children on the autism spectrum.

For further information please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/postgraduate/taught/edu/autism-children.aspx

Contact

Distance learning programmes
Dr Glenys Jones
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7102
Email: g.e.jones@bham.ac.uk  

Programme Administrator
Claudia Macleod
Email: c.macleod@bham.ac.uk

Campus programmes
Dr Kerstin Wittemeyer
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8148
Email: k.wittemeyer@bham.ac.uk

Programme Administrator
Linda Brush
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4838
Email: l.j.brush@bham.ac.uk

 

Masters in Education in Autism (Level M)
Autism (Children). Available by Distance Education or on the University of Birmingham campus. This is offered over three years and is open to those who have a degree or degree equivalent, and qualifications or equivalent experience in teaching, social care, or a health-related profession. Applicants should have at least two years’ post qualification experience and some experience of working with or living with children on the autism spectrum.
For further details on Autism (Children), please visit:
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/postgraduate/taught/edu/autism-children.aspx

Distance learning programmes
Dr Glenys Jones
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7102
Email: g.e.jones@bham.ac.uk

Programme Administrator
Claudia Macleod
Email: c.macleod@bham.ac.uk

Campus programmes
Dr Kerstin Wittemeyer
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8148
Email: k.wittemeyer@bham.ac.uk

Programme Administrator
Linda Brush
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4838
Email: l.j.brush@bham.ac.uk

Postgraduate research degrees (MRes and PhD) on autism-related topics are also available at the University of Birmingham. For more information about study at this level, contact:

Further information from:
Helen Joinson,
Postgraduate Research Administrator,
School of Education,
College of Social Sciences,
The University of Birmingham,
Edgbaston,
Birmingham,
B15 2TT
Telephone: 0121 414 4847
Email: h.e.joinson@bham.ac.uk
Website: www.birmingham.ac.uk

 


University of Brighton - School of Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Education Studies: Specific learning difficulties: strategies for working with autistic learners
This is a part-time one year programme that includes regular contact with tutors through taught sessions, on-line learning and face-to-face tutorials. Typical entry requirements: A first degree and experience within an education setting. This programme is designed for mainstream teachers and education professionals including those who may have particular responsibility for supporting children with autism. It is aimed at those who wish to deepen their understanding beyond a more practical ‘hints and tips’ approach and to link this learning to the School Improvement Plan. The programme consists of two main components: developing knowledge of the theoretical basis of contemporary approaches to autism and practical application of this learning through exploration of your work with autistic learners. Time commitment: Taught sessions will take place on Saturdays and will consist of three full days and seven afternoon sessions – dates available on request.

Further information from:
Claire Watson (general enquiries or application form) or Rosie Moore (discuss your potential suitability or the nature of the content involved),
School of Education,
University of Brighton,
Falmer,
Brighton,
BN1 9PH
Tel: 01273 643598, 01273 643436
Email: c.e.watson@brighton.ac.uk , R.Moore2@brighton.ac.uk
Website: www.brighton.ac.uk/education


University of Bristol – Norah Fry Centre

MSc in Disability Studies: inclusive theory and research
Full-time and part-time. Key features of the course are the inclusion of tutors who have direct experience of disability, and the research-based nature of the programme. There is a particular focus on research enabling people with learning disabilities to speak up and have a voice. The course provides recognised ESRC training in research methods, and as such is a good preparation for a PhD or for practice-based research. All units are offered as 3-day blocks for part-time professional students, with students completing assignments at a distance. Tutorial support is also arranged. The course is for anyone who is interested in studying research methods in Disability Studies, including those working in the field of learning disability or with people who have ASD. Dates are available on request from the provider. Most part-timers would do core units first, but people can also enroll for individual units at any point.

Further information from:
Dr Val Williams, Course Director,
School for Policy Studies,
8 Priory Road,
Bristol,
BS8 1TZ
Tel: 0117 331 0971, 0117 331 0977
Email: val.williams@bristol.ac.uk; sps-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk
Website: www.bristol.ac.uk/norahfry/teaching-learning/masters



University of Kent – Tizard Centre

Undergraduate Certificate in Person Centred Approaches,
Diploma in Positive Behaviour Support, 
Graduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis (BACB approved)

Foundation Degree and BSc (Hons) in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Professional development programme involving work-based learning and workshops, taken over one to three years. The Certificate or Diploma courses may be taken individually, or combined to lead to the BSc degree. Applicants will be carers or practitioners in services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities including health, social care and education. Entrance requirements: Applicants may have a professional qualification (e.g. nursing, social work, teaching). Applicants without such a qualification are likely to be experienced carers or practitioners able to demonstrate their capacity to study at university level.  

Certificate, Foundation Degree and BSc (Hons) in Autism Studies
The one-year certificate and two-year Foundation degree focuses on understanding autism and on supporting children and adults with autism spectrum conditions and their families.. This full-time blended learning programme combines campus-based, web-based and work-based learning. Students are expected to spend approximately 1200 hours each year studying for the programme (including all the different elements). The BSc adds a third year involving work-based learning and campus-based workshops focusing on Applied Behaviour Analysis. Some of the Foundation Degree modules are also available as standalone modules. Applicants will be anyone who currently support children and adults on the autism spectrum or who would like to do so in the future and can obtain a suitable placement. University entrance requirements will apply. Applicants without qualifications may be asked to demonstrate their ability to work at university level.

Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Postgraduate certificate students complete coursework over one or two years. Postgraduate diploma students combine coursework with either placements or a dissertation, again usually over 1-2 years. MA students combine coursework with a longer dissertation. MSc students complete all three components in 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time). Our postgraduate courses all have one or more of three components: coursework - lectures, seminars and associated academic assignments; placements - clinical and service placements providing supervised experience and practical skill development; and a dissertation - a supervised research project on some aspect of intellectual/developmental disability. The course includes a distance learning option at http://www.kent.ac.uk/tizard/courses/PG_distance_learning.html

Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Autism Studies
All three programmes can be completed either as a campus based programme or by distance learning. Full-time (FT) students complete the course in 1 year; part-time (PT) students in two years. If completing the course on campus, then students will be required to attend the Tizard Centre for a workshop (usually two days part-time and 4 days full-time) once a month with seven workshops in the year. Distance learning students will be required to attend for the first workshop. To complete the PG Certificate option, students should expect to spend an average of 1 day a week studying for each of the 4 academic modules.

Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Analysis and Intervention.
These degrees are advanced professional development programmes involving some or all of the following: distance learning; study workshops; service placement visits; and a clinical placement (which can be in the student’s home area). Coursework is taught through a mixture of web-based resources, directed reading, videos, lectures, seminars and practical sessions, supported by a number of workshops, where you work with skilled professionals and have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with fellow students. Students taking the PDip or MSc in Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities must work in two different placements during the programme: a service placement based at the Tizard Centre and an individual clinical placement based in a community learning disability team or social care service. If students are taking the Pdip or MSc in Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, they must base their dissertation on empirical research in services.

Certificate/Diploma/MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis:
Our postgraduate courses in Applied Behaviour Analysis provide a range of vocationally valuable opportunities to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in the organisation and delivery of support to people with learning disabilities, autism and related difficulties. The mix of programmes available includes both distance learning and campus based options, practice or research routes and a flexible mix of learning and teaching methods. Students develop a critical understanding of concepts and principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis with detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities and experience of practice or conducting research in this field. Students also develop methods of observing, recording and analysing behaviour and have the opportunity to conduct a research study or work-based learning project.

Further information from:
Jo Ruffels,
Tizard Centre,
SSPSSR,
Cornwallis North East,
University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT2 7NF
Tel: 01227 827373 (Recruitment & Admissions)
Fax: 01227 763674
Email: tizard-recruitment@kent.ac.uk
Website: http://www.kent.ac.uk/tizard/courses/index.html



Kingston University – Faculty of Education at the Whitefield Schools & Centre

City & Guilds QCF in Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools (level 2 award/certificate) and QCF in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in schools (level 3 award/certificate/diploma).
QCF/NVQ for school support staff/teaching assistants. 

MA - Practitioner research
Over 1, 2 or 3 years. Entrance requirements: Postgraduate diploma and relevant teaching experience.

Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma. Professional Studies in Education (Special Educational Needs) Autism
Taught course. 2 years - part time. Entrance requirements: Qualification in teaching and experience in teaching.

Further information from:
Whitefield Schools & Centre,
MacDonald Road,
Walthamstow,
London,
E17 4AZ;
Tel: 020 8531 3426
Fax: 020 8527 3613
Email: sen@whitefield.org.uk
Website: www.whitefield.org.uk

 


Kingston University London - School of Education

Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Professional Studies in Education. Educating and Supporting Children and Young People on the Autistic Spectrum and their Families
Postgraduate award-bearing part-time course organised in three progressive phases: Phase 1 (October - February) leading to Pg. Cert. in Professional Studies in Education; Phase 2 (March - July) leading to Pg. Diploma in Professional Studies in Education; Phase 3 (one year minimum) leading to MA in Education (Autism Spectrum). Attendance: 5pm – 8pm on Thursday evenings. Assessment is by coursework. No formal written examinations. This course is specifically designed to meet the growing demand from teachers and other colleagues who wish to develop their understanding of autism with a view to raising aspirations and improving outcomes for children and young people on the autism spectrum. In emphasising the range of individual differences associated with the condition, the programme of study considers causal explanations as well as the recognition, identification and diagnosis of autism. In addition to structured teaching programmes and other interventions, it also covers aspects of curriculum and assessment and discusses the range of placements and provision for inclusive education. In addressing the impact of recent policy initiatives upon current practice and in respecting the views of autistic people themselves as well as those of their siblings and peers, the programme of study also considers different forms of support and services available to children and young people on the autism spectrum and their families.

Further information from:
Michelle Griffiths,
CPD Programme Administrator,
School of Education,
Kingston University,
Kingston Hill,
Kingston upon Thames,
KT2 7LB
Tel: 020 8417 5073
Email: cpdoffice@kingston.ac.uk
Website: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/education-ma/ 

 


University of London – Institute of Education

MSc Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Modular course; 1 year full or 2-4 years part time. Entrance requirements: Programme participants will normally have: A first or second-class UK honours degree, or an equivalent qualification and: either a professional qualification in teaching or Speech and Language Therapy or: at least two years' experience in an educational setting working with children with speech, language and communication needs. The degree is also suitable for mainstream teachers and early years practitioners who wish to develop their specialist interest in working with children who have speech, language and communication difficulties. Applicants who do not meet the direct entry criteria may complete an extended personal statement in order to gauge suitability for studying at master's level. In exceptional circumstances they may be invited for an interview with the programme leader.

Further information from:
Diana Tsokova,
Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Special Needs in Primary Education,
Department of Psychology and Human Development,
Early Years and Primary Education,
Institute of Education,
20 Bedford Way,
London,
WC1H 0AL
Tel: 020 7612 6210
Fax 020 7612 6304
Email: d.tsokova@ioe.ac.uk, enquiries@ioe.ac.uk
Website: www.ioe.ac.uk


Manchester Metropolitan University – Institute of Education

MA in Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs
Taught course. 1 year full time or 2-3 years part time. Entrance requirements: Honours degree and relevant professional experience or professional qualification and relevant professional experience. Includes a Unit entitled 'Introduction to the autism spectrum' and offers a progression route from PGCert and PGDip (Autism Spectrum Conditions).

Further information from:
Peter Hick,
Programme Leader,
Manchester Metropolitan University,
Faculty of Education,
799 Wilmslow Road,
Didsbury,
Manchester,
M20 2RR
Tel: 0161 247 2417, 0161 247 2061, 0161 247 2020
Email: p.hick@mmu.ac.ukcpd.didsbury@mmu.ac.uk , education.crewe@mmu.ac.uk
Website: http://www.ioe.mmu.ac.uk


University of Northampton – School of Education

MA SEN & Inclusion: Autism Modules
Four autism specific modules are available as part of the MA SEN & Inclusion programme, including a new autism and challenging behaviour module. Modules are taught flexibly through taught sessions and blended learning. Bespoke training available for schools and other relevant settings. Successful completion of 2 modules leads to a post-graduate certificate (M level); students can opt to continue to study for a Diploma or for the MA SEN & Inclusion. Each module is accredited with 30 level M CAT points. Entrance requirements: Degree, or equivalent, qualified teacher status or other relevant professional qualification.

Further information from:
Marie Howley,
Senior Lecturer SEN & Inclusion, 
School of Education,
The University of Northampton,
Park Campus,
Boughton Green Road,
Northampton,
NN2 7AL
Tel: 01604 892761
Email: marie.howley@northampton.ac.uk
Website: www.northampton.ac.uk


University of Northumbria - School of Health, Community and Education Studies

Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma / MA in Autism
Taught course. 3 years – part time. Entrance requirements: This course is open to professionals who are working with children or young adults with autism or have an interest in this area. It is also open to parents of children with autism. This course is to help professionals and carers develop their knowledge of the characteristics of the autism spectrum disorders, the needs arising from these and the different approaches to meeting these, particularly through teaching and learning. The course seeks to engage a mixed group that includes parents, carers, teachers, nurses, speech therapists, service managers and other staff whose job involves working in this field, whether in mainstream or specialist settings. Students will learn how to reflect critically on their own experience, develop their research skills (particularly the ability to evaluate current research), and take part in collaborative groups, bringing all of this together in the form of presentations and written assignments.

Further information from:
Professor Kath McCourt, Executive Dean,
Postgraduate Studies,
School of Health and Life Sciences,
Coach Lane Campus,
Coach Lane,
Benton,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE7 7XA
Tel: 0191 243 7900
Fax: 0191 227 4561
Email: hs.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk
Website: www.northumbria.ac.uk


Open University

Understanding the autism spectrum
Distance course. Points: 15. Level: 1. Students can telephone or email a study adviser, who will be able to help you with academic questions to do with the course and the assessment. There will also be an online discussion forum that you can use to get in touch with study advisers and other students. Entrance requirements: Students are not expected to have any knowledge of autism, but should be able to read and understand written English of a style and complexity characteristic of a professional magazine or quality newspaper. If you have not studied up to GCSE level fairly recently, you should expect to spend longer on the course materials. Students who are appropriately prepared have the best chance of completing their studies successfully. Level 1 courses provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning, to help them to progress to courses at Level 2. Assessment by Interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs) and end-of-module assessment.

Further information from:
Student Registration & Enquiry Service,
The Open University,
PO Box 197,
Milton Keynes,
MK7 6BJ
Tel: 0845 300 6090
Fax: 01908 654914
Website: http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/course/sk124.htm


Sheffield Hallam University

MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum
This course focuses on developing critical thinking about how autism is conceptualised and engaged with in theory, research and practice. It reflects on how autism affects the way in which people experience the world. These experiences are then positioned within wider disability debates. A key focus is on identifying and considering the barriers within society that impedes learning for individuals with autism, and how they can achieve their aspirations. The course provides a foundation of professional knowledge and skills relevant to a range of careers with a specific focus on identifying effective and enabling practice for individuals on the autism spectrum. Students complete modules to build up your credits. Students can choose to stop at PgCert or PgDip stage if you wish. Modules available include: Critical reflections on the autism spectrum, Autism: policy and practice, Autism: challenging behaviour and communication, Developing practice through research and extended project/dissertation. It is possible to continue on to this course from the PGCert Autism and Asperger syndrome course (see separate listing).

Part time: This course is for graduates currently involved in working with people who are on the autism spectrum or if coming to this course from a personal perspective as an individual with autism, a parent or carer. Students study: how the autism spectrum is conceptualised; the way that autism impacts on the individual's thinking and learning; and how autism might affect how people experience the world around them. Assessments can be linked to the student’s own work so they can specialise in a particular age bracket or education or support role. The course provides a relevant qualification for anyone holding or intending to hold a management position in the field of autism. Students reflect on current theory relating to the autism spectrum and evaluate how they might use new learning to develop their own practice. The part-time course does not include a placement.

Further information from:
Nick Hodge, Course Leader,
The Faculty of Development and Society,
Sheffield Hallam University,
The Arundel Building,
122 Charles Street,
Sheffield,
S1 2NE
Tel: 0114 225 5555
Fax: 0114 225 2430
Email: fdsenquiries@shu.ac.uk
Website: www.shu.ac.uk


Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger Syndrome
Part time. This course is suitable if you are an individual on the autism spectrum, or a parent, teacher, clinician or professional associated with people with autism or Asperger syndrome. Participants should hold a degree or equivalent. It gives you an in depth exploration of what Asperger syndrome and autism are, and highlights some of the associated issues. It gives you an insight into some of the ways of developing appropriate support for individuals, as well as how to develop professional practice across all disciplines. You explore some of the specific cognitive differences and sensory and perceptual issues in Asperger syndrome. Risk assessment and forensic issues are examined, as well as behavioural problems and ways of supporting people with Asperger syndrome. You also explore developmental issues and ways of developing social skills and diagnosis, as well as being offered the perspectives of individuals with Asperger syndrome. This course consists of two modules. Module 1 (Asperger Syndrome) awards 30 academic credits at Masters level, after submission of a 6,000 word assignment. To achieve the PG Certificate and a further 30 credits at Masters level, students must complete Module 2 (Autism: Policy and Practice). This credit can be used towards a full Masters. The course is currently delivered on rotation at three locations in the UK - Glasgow, London and Nottingham. Please call Sheffield Hallam or the NAS to find out the location for the next course. Your studies are part taught and part online learning with online tutor support.

Further information from:
Training and Consultancy,
The National Autistic Society,
1st Floor Central Chambers,
109 Hope Street,
Glasgow,
G2 6LL
Tel: 0141 285 7117
Fax: 0141 221 8118
Email: training@nas.org.uk
Website: http://www.autism.org.uk/training

 


University of Strathclyde - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Autism
Taught course in 4 modes of delivery: full-time (one calendar year); part-time evening study; part-time outreach study through contract with employer and new e-learning online course. Study takes 20 months (Cert), 3 years (Dip), 5 years (MSc). Entrance requirements: A relevant degree or other qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent and several years of relevant experience. Some applicants may be eligible for accreditation of prior learning.

Further information from:
Anna Robinson,
Course Director,
John Anderson Campus,
16 Richmond Street,
Glasgow,
G1 1XQ
Tel: 0141 444 8142
Email: anna.robinson.100@strath.ac.uk, pgenquiries@strath.ac.uk
Websites: http://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/courses/education/courses/autism
http://www.autismnetworkscotland.org.uk

 


University of Ulster

Certificate in Personal and Professional Development (Modules in Applied Behaviour Analysis)
Online course. Three face-to-face practical sessions held on Wednesday mornings at the Coleraine Campus in weeks 1, 4 and 9 of the semester. Entrance requirements: None. This course is aimed at parents, other care givers and professionals who require an introduction to the use of ABA with children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and with other behaviour problems. The course consists of four modules, and students may take one or more modules.

Further information from:
Dr Stephen Gallagher, Lecturer in Applied Behaviour Analysis,
Room G124,
School of Psychology,
University of Ulster,
Coleraine Campus,
Cromore Road,
Coleraine,
Co. Londonderry,
BT52 1SA;
Tel: 02870 323090 and 02870 324326;
Email: sm.gallagher@ulster.ac.uk
Website: www.ulster.ac.uk

Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis
Taught course. Part-time for two calendar years, but a third year may be taken to complete the dissertation. The course is recognised by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. Classes will normally be held on Fridays. Entrance requirements: A second class honours degree or equivalent and have relevant experience. Candidates will be interviewed to assess motivation and experience.

Further information from:
Dr Stephen Gallagher, Course Director for MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis,
Room G124,
School of Psychology,
University of Ulster,
Coleraine Campus,
Cromore Road,
Coleraine,
Co. Londonderry,
BT52 1SA
Tel: 02870 323090 and 02870 324326;
Email: sm.gallagher@ulster.ac.uk
Website: www.ulster.ac.uk


University of South Wales - Caerleon Campus, Newport

Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/ MA Autism
Taught modular course with research required for the full MA award. 1 year full time, 3-5 years part time. 2 modules for certificate, 4 for diploma and 4 plus dissertation for MA. Entrance requirements: Degree or equivalent, or, if over 25, entry will be considered based on prior learning and experience.
 
Postgraduate Diploma/ MA SEN (ASD)
Taught modular course with research required for the full MA award. 1 year full time, 3-5 years part time. 4 modules ( including 2 specific Autism Spectrum Disorders modules) for diploma and 4 (including 2 specific Autism Spectrum Disorders modules) plus dissertation (with an Autism Spectrum Disorders focus) for MA. Entrance requirements: Degree or equivalent, or, if over 25, entry will be considered based on prior learning and experience. 

MSc Developmental Disorders
A Masters designed for a range of practitioners that focuses upon a range of Developmental Disorders, that including those on the Autism Spectrum. 3-5 years part – time. 4 Modules, delivered through blended learning, plus a research dissertation is required for the full MSc award. Entrance requirements: Degree or equivalent plus suitable access to professional practice.

Further information from:
Sally Scott-Roberts - Course Coordinator,
University of South Wales,
Caerleon Campus,
Lodge Road,
Caerleon,
Newport,
NP18 3QT
Tel: 01633 435249
Email: uic@southwales.ac.uk
Website: http://www.southwales.ac.uk/postgraduate/


University of Wales – Newport, The Dyscovery Centre

MSc Developmental Disorders
This part time blended learning course is designed for practitioners working in the field of Developmental Disorders. It acknowledges the co-occurance of many of the disorders so will suit those work in the field of autism. The course has four taught modules and students attend for a 5 day study block at the beginning of each module (2 modules per year) and are then supported online to complete their assessment work. On completion of the four modules students can exit with a post graduate diploma or continue and undertake a research project to complete the full MSc.
 
Further information from:
Dr Marie Thomas,  Senior Lecturer,
The Dyscovery Centre,
Felthorpe House,
University of South Wales,
Caerleon Campus,
Lodge Road,
Caerleon, NP18 3QT
Tel: 01633 432330, 01633 435249
Email: dyscoverycentre@southwales.ac.uk
Website: http://www.mscdevelopmentaldisorders.org

 


BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities)

Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions (QCF Level 2)
PD Understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions (QCF Level 3)

These units form part of the Diploma in Health and Social Care at Level 2 or 3, or can be used as stand alone units for Continuing Professional Development.  BILD can deliver one days training covering the learning outcomes for either unit. These can be delivered at a venue of your choice. Participants can attend the taught session only if they wish, or have the option to complete the assessment activity to receive a Certificate of Unit Credit from City & Guilds.  There are no formal entry requirements for the Level 2 unit, but learners undertaking the Level 3 unit should have access to current autism practice to enable them to complete the assessment activity to the required standard.

Further information from:
Jackie Pountney or Liz Howells,
BILD,
Birmingham Research Park,
97 Vincent Drive,
Edgbaston,
Birmingham,
B15 2SQ
Tel: 0121 415 6970
Email: learning@bild.org.uk
Website: www.bild.org.uk


Target Training

PDA in Managing the support of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders
PDA in Supporting individuals with autistic spectrum disorders

Two nationally recognised certificates for people working with autism. These are both Professional Development Awards (PDA). Awards structure (applies to both Awards): The units within the awards provide learning suitable as ‘stand alone’ units for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) purposes. There are 4 units. Three of these are mandatory with one optional unit to be chosen. 2 of these are Higher National and 2 are work based units. The taught element of the course may take 2 days (plus a further half day seminar for those wishing unit only or whole award certification). It is possible to attend the taught part of the course only (if you do not wish unit only or full award certification). Some participants may already hold one or both of the work based units (these units exist at Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) levels 3 and 4). Dorothy Miles of Target Training runs these courses.

Further information from:
Target Training Limited,
36 Bank Street,
Aberdeen,
AB11 7SX
Tel: 01224 211777
Fax: 01224 211777
Email: info@target-training.org.uk
Website: www.target-training.org.uk


Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF)

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is a framework that has replaced the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is a new way of recognising skills and qualifications, by awarding credit for qualifications and units (small steps of learning). It is flexible and enables people to gain qualifications at their own pace.

The QCF is a competency-based framework, testing your knowledge, understanding and behaviour so the primary route for assessment will remain demonstrating vocational competence by submitting a portfolio of evidence gathered from the workplace.

The former National Vocational Qualifications in Health and Social Care (HSC) at levels 2 and 3 were replaced by the QCF Diplomas in Health and Social Care at levels 2 and 3 in January 2011.

A candidate can gain a generic HSC diploma or diploma with a “specialist pathway” in either dementia or learning disabilities, so people can tailor their learning to their job.  Currently there are three QCF knowledge units about autism, one each at level 2, level 3 and level 5.

The level 5 Diploma is in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services, and allows for six different pathways depending on the candidate’s work role.

Further information about the new qualifications in health and social care can be found on the Skills for Care website, www.skillsforcare.org.uk/qcf

In Scotland the situation is different. Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) are still available and relevant. There are SVQs for health and social care.  Further information can be found on The Scottish Qualifications Authority website, www.sqa.org.uk

 

 


Last updated: July 2014.