Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

With Total People
6 – 8 weeks


Autism is a condition that presents itself as a wide spectrum of disorders and is prevalent throughout a significant proportion of the UK population. People who have autistic spectrum disorders can be affected differently with cases ranging from mild to severe.

Learners on this course will gain an understanding of the spectrum of autistic disorders and the different ways autism can affect people. The course explores the importance of using a person-centred approach to provide support and care. It also explores how to use appropriate communication skills and positive behaviour to encourage individuals with autistic spectrum conditions to live fulfilling and independent lives.

Course details

This course consists of six manageable units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to autism
  • Unit 2: Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism
  • Unit 3: Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism
  • Unit 4: Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism
  • Unit 5: Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism
  • Unit 6: Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives

Course format

This is an online course studied via distance learning. To complete this course, learners will need access to a computer and a basic level of IT knowledge.

Studying via distance learning means learners can choose when and where they study. A dedicated Learner Support Advisor provides support to learners throughout the course.

Who is suitable?

This course is suitable for anyone aged 19 years or over who wishes to develop their understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals to live healthy and fulfilled lives. The course will benefit anyone working with, or looking to work with, individuals who have an autistic spectrum condition whether that is in a childcare, education or other care orientated setting.

Full or partial funding for this course is dependent upon age, employment status and level of income. Learners must meet one or more eligibility criteria that includes:

  • Anyone aged 19 years or over
  • Living in Greater Manchester or in a Non-Devolved Authority region of England
  • Not already holding a Level 2 qualification
  • In employment but earning less than £17,500 annually
  • Currently unemployed
  • Recently been made redundant

Register interest

This course is supported by funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the Devolved Adult Education Budget project.