A number of universities and colleges run courses for professionals working with children and adults who are on the autism spectrum. Most of these are at postgraduate level, but some are at certificate level. Most are part-time and many are designed for people who are working during the day. Please note that inclusion on this list should not be taken as a recommendation by the National Autistic Society. Contact individual establishments for further details of the course you are interested in. 

The National Autistic Society

Postgraduate Certificate in Autism & Asperger Syndrome  

Introduction to Working with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum      

Working with the Autism Spectrum: Theory into Practice  

Certificate in Understanding Autism in Schools

University of Aberdeen

Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Learning

Bangor University, Wales

Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis

Queen’s University Belfast

Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDipABA)/Master in Applied Behaviour Analysis (MScABA)

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

Webautism University Certificate: entry level one-year web-based course 

Autism (Adults): Distance Education, offered at Level H and M 

Autism (Children): Distance Education or Campus-taught, offered at Level H and M 

Webautism University Certificate (Level C) 

Advanced Certificate (Level H) – Autism (Adults) 

Bachelor of Philosophy (Level H) – Autism (Adults) 

Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma (Level M) – Autism (Adults) 

MEd in Autism (Level M) – Autism (Adults)  

Advanced Certificate (Level H) – Autism (Children)  

Bachelor of Philosophy (Level H) – Autism (Children)  

Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma (Level M) – Autism (Children) 

Masters in Education in Autism (Level M) – Autism (Children)  

Postgraduate doctoral research students are also supported by the Autism Centre for Education and Research, University of Birmingham

University of Brighton

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Education Studies: Specific learning difficulties: strategies for working with autistic learners

University of Bristol – Norah Fry Centre

MSc in Disability Studies: Inclusive theory and research

University of Kent – Tizard Centre

Undergraduate Certificate in Person Centred Approaches, Diploma in Positive Behaviour Support, Graduate Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis 

Foundation Degree and BSc (Hons) in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  

Certificate, Foundation Degree and BSc (Hons) in Autism Studies  

Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  

Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Autism Studies  

Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities  

Certificate/Diploma/MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis

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)  

MA - Practitioner research  

Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma. Professional Studies in Education (Special Educational Needs) Autism

Kingston University London

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 

University of London – Institute of Education

MSc Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice

Manchester Metropolitan University – Institute of Education

MA in Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs 

University of Northampton

MA Special Educational Needs and Inclusion (Autism Pathway)

University of Northumbria

Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MA in Autism

Open University

Understanding the autism spectrum

Sheffield Hallam University

MA/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum  

Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger Syndrome

University of Stirling

MSc/Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma in Autism Research

University of Strathclyde

Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MEd in Autism

University of Ulster

Certificate in Personal and Professional Development (Modules in Applied Behaviour Analysis)  

Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis

University of South Wales

Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MA Autism  

Postgraduate Diploma/MA SEN (ASD)  

BSc Psychology with Developmental Disorders 

MSc Developmental Disorders

BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities)

Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions (QCF Level 2)  

Understand how to support individuals with autistic spectrum conditions (QCF Level 3) 

Camphill School (in association with the Grampian SVQ Accredited Centre)

PDA in Managing the support of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders 

PDA Certificate in Supporting Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling

MSc in Typical & Atypical Development through the Life Span

General qualifications

Starting a career in social care – England 

Careers in health and social care – Northern Ireland 

Health and social care qualifications – Scotland 

Qualifications for social care, early years and childcare in Wales 

Last updated March 2016