Understanding Autism

There are around 700,000 individuals on the autism spectrum in the UK– that’s more than 1 in 100. According to the National Autistic Society, if you include their families, autism affects the daily lives of 2.8 million people. In fact, in the last thirty years, the variety of individuals detected with autism has increased 25 fold. This is because of general increased awareness of autism, enhanced medical diagnosis, and the inclusion of a wider range of kinds of autism, such as Asperger syndrome.

This increased awareness has actually caused many improvements. There are now many fantastic examples of knowledgeable, inclusive, and empowering environments that allow people with autism to thrive. Nevertheless, people with autism and their households continue to deal with many problems and difficulties, and these need to be addressed.

Who’s it for?

This accreditation is created for learners who wish to establish an understanding of autism and how to support individuals with autism. It works for learners who provide direct assistance and those working in sectors such as health and social care; education and training, and nursing. It will likewise be useful to those who support a relative or pal with autism.

What are the advantages of doing this course?

Along with obtaining a nationally recognised qualification upon completion, candidates will gain an understanding of the attributes of the various forms of autism. They will then go on to explore the principles of supporting people with autism, such as utilizing a person-centred method and positive interaction techniques. Learners will acquire knowledge of how people with autism can be supported to live healthy and satisfied lives.

The course also provides employers with a structured training program that will meet the training requirements of their employees, offering the comfort that personnel is geared up with the knowledge they require to efficiently support people with autism.

The Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism comprises six mandatory units that are presented in three concise module workbooks:


Module A

Unit 01: Introduction to autism

Unit 02: Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism

Module B

Unit 03: Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism

Unit 04: Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism

Module C

Unit 05: Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism

Unit 06: Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives

Understanding autism

Information for learning centres

Qualification reference number: 601/6330/6

Awarding organisation: NCFE CACHE 

Entry Requirements

Learners should be aged 16 and over, but otherwise there are no specific entry requirements for this programme.

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