The postgraduate certificate in autism and Asperger syndrome is run with Sheffield Hallam University.

The course, is the only qualification of this kind that has run since 2003: bi-annually for UK based delegates, and now annually for international delegates. The course has been sponsored and developed with support from The Asperger Syndrome Foundation founder Beatrice Buisseret.

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

Course description

The course gives you in-depth understanding of autism and Asperger syndrome and some of the associated issues. It provides insight into how to develop appropriate support for individuals and examples of appropriate professional practice across all disciplines.

Who should attend?

  • people on the autism spectrum (including those with Asperger syndrome)
  • parents, teachers, clinicians, professionals with an autism connection

Some key topics include:

  • specific cognitive differences
  • sensory and perceptual issues in autism and Asperger syndrome
  • risk assessment
  • forensic issues
  • behavioural problems
  • ways of supporting individuals
  • developmental issues
  • developing social skills
  • diagnosis
  • perspectives from autistic people
  • current autism practice in relation to your own circumstances.

Module 1: critical reflections on autism and Asperger syndrome

  • Complete an assignment based on models of disability, a conceptualisation of autism, and a critique of autism theory. This work may have a bespoke focus that is relevant and pertinent to the delegate’s circumstances.
  • Tutorials offered by phone, email, Skype, or face-to-face.
  • Define a title for the assignment and receive detailed formative feedback on draft work.

Module 2: autism in practice

  • A bespoke module designed to allow students to choose an area of practice to critique in relation to good autism practice within an international context.
  • The supervisory role can be different for this module compared to Module 1, as there are tasks to work through with feedback at each stage, all viathe virtual learning platform.
  • You can choose the option of a more traditional tutorial-based support.

Entry requirements

A degree in any subject.

Forthcoming events

  • Online delivery - 19th-23rd October 2020

Online Delivery in October 2020

The October 2020 Postgraduate Certificate in autism and Asperger syndrome will be delivered virtually.

To make this as accessible as possible the timetable for lecture delivery has changed and will be delivered in shorter segments over five days instead of the original three full days of delivery. Delegates will have access to the presentation material from the course leader before and after the course delivery dates - so that they can choose to watch in their own time or 'in line' with the programme timetable.

Immediately following the timetabled sessions (timetables will be sent to successful applicants) there will be dedicated time for delegates to ask questions using the University online learning platform. Both the presentations and question and answer sessions will be available following delivery to allow delegates to watch and revisit at a later date.

We have a limited number of spaces still available for these dates, so please submit your application form as soon as you can if you wish to attend.

Credits awarded

This course consists of two modules. Module 1 awards 30 academic credits at Masters level, after submission of a 5,000-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 5,000-word assignment. This credit can be used towards a full Masters.

Course fees

£2,475 (*fees are set by Sheffield Hallam University, subject to annual change. Applicable from January 2020)

If you are an overseas student interested in this course please visit this page to find out more about our Postgraduate certificate in autism and Asperger syndrome: summer school for International delegates

How to apply

Download our application form

Due to the popularity of this course we advise early booking to avoid disappointment. To make an enquiry please call 0300 303 4313 or email