This practice-based autism course is a collaboration between the University of Cumbria and the National Autistic Society. 

This 20-credit module has been validated at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A practice-based course, it explores ways of working with autistic people in range of settings. It creates an opportunity to also learn from your peers who will consist of students from a diverse range of professional backgrounds, family members and autistic people. It will be of relevance to anyone working directly or indirectly with autistic people; including parents, health professionals, support staff, those working in education and social services.

Individual places can be booked through the University of Cumbria or it can be run in-house at your organisation (subject to appropriate numbers).

Delivery dates

Date  Location
New dates for course delivery to be advised from September 2020

Course content

This course is delivered over a seven-week period and includes four attendance days with University of Cumbria programme leader and National Autistic Society lecturers, with further opportunities for optional tutorials with the programme leader. 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.

Credits awarded

20 credits at levels 4, 5, 6 and 7 awarded by the University of Cumbria following the submission of a successful portfolio. Entrants will be placed on whatever level is commensurate with their prior achievement.

Course fees

Due to the popularity of this course we would advise early booking to avoid disappointment.


For further information and an application form please contact the University of Cumbria by calling 01524 384360 or emailing

For online booking, please visit the University of Cumbria's website.

We are also able to offer this programme in-house for your staff, in your own office. If you are interested in finding out more, please email to make an enquiry.