The National Autistic Society and Sheffield Hallam University are proud to announce a new international summer school Postgraduate certificate in autism and Asperger syndrome led by Luke Beardon and Stephen Connelly.

The course provides practitioners worldwide with an in-depth exploration and critique of the main autism theories, with alternative perspectives identified with supporting rationale.

The course is based on the Postgraduate certificate in autism and Asperger syndrome – the only qualification of its kind since 2003. This course was sponsored and developed with support from The Asperger Syndrome Foundation founder Beatrice Buisseret.

Course description

  • This part-time study course combines the latest understanding of autism alongside the practical implications of this knowledge and includes two 30 credit modules.
  • Module 1 is taught face-to-face over a period of five consecutive days with an open invitation to attend an optional conference on day six, in Sheffield.
  • Module 2 is taught online with supervisory support.

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. English language level equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Why study this course?

  • The course has a strong reputation for providing a platform that gives autistic professionals and academics a real voice
  • Autistic speakers and other professional colleagues are keen to present and debate their ideas and experiences.
  • All speakers are of the highest international standard.
  • Students frequently feedback examples of how the course has significantly changed their practice, and/or impacted on the lives of autistic individuals (including from autistic individuals themselves).

Course dates

Sheffield: July 2021 (dates to be confirmed)

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.

If you are a UK based student interested in this course please visit our  UK page to find out more about our Postgraduate certificate in autism and Asperger syndrome for UK students.

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