This undergraduate course is a successful collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and the National Autistic Society.

Course content

It is an evidence based course which explores ways of practically supporting people on the autism spectrum 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 autistic people.

The course is relevant to you if you share our passion to improve the person-centred support being provided to autistic people. 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.

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

New dates for course delivery to be advised from October 2020.

The course will be delivered at Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus, Edinburgh

A blended learning approach is utilised for this module, which includes three attendance days at Edinburgh Napier with National Autistic Society Lecturers and further learning online.

Credits awarded

Twenty 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 following the submission of a successful case study.

The course can be completed on an attendance basis only (without the submission of the case study), however, this would not lead to any credits being awarded.

Course fees


For an application pack, please contact Edinburgh Napier University Faculty of Administration on 0131 455 3540 or email


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