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Education and Training

Principles in Understanding Autism - Level 3 Certificate

Part Time

Course Overview

This qualification is designed for learners who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of autism. Successful completion of this qualification will allow learners to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism, which would support progression onto appropriate qualifications and into employment within the health and social care sector. The objectives of this qualification are to gain knowledge and understanding of autism, including: 

  • how to adopt a positive approach to supporting individuals with autism 
  • the current legislative framework relating to individuals with autism and how different theories have developed over time 
  • how to support and manage transitions for individuals with autism 
  • the range of therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions
  • how to support communication and social interaction for individuals with autism 
  • how to develop an understanding of how individuals with autism may be vulnerable and the support worker’s role and responsibilities relating to safeguarding according to legislative requirements. 

Course Content

This course includes six mandatory units which you need to complete in order to gain the qualification.

  • Unit 1: Autism in context
  • Unit 2: Positive behavioural support for individuals with autism
  • Unit 3: Understand support and management of transitions for individuals with autism
  • Unit 4: Therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions
  • Unit 5: Communication and social interaction with individuals with autism
  • Unit 6: Safeguarding and resilience in autism

Entry Requirement

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 2 qualification in a related subject.

In order to complete this distance learning course at no charge you will need to match the following entry criteria:

  • You do not already hold a Level 3 or above qualification or equivalent*
  • Are a resident of the EEU (European Economic Area) and have been for at least 3 years
  • Will be undertaking your learning within England
  • Are aged 19 or above
  • If you are 19-23 year old's you must have already achieved a level 2 qualification or equivalent
  • You will need to have a good standard of English and Math

*From 1st April 22 - 
  • Learners with level 3 or higher qualifications are eligible to enrol onto a Level 3 National Skills Funded Course if they are employed and have an individual income of less than £17, 364.50. 
  • Or, if they are unemployed and are in receipt of Universal Credit or Job Seekers Allowance.


Studying via Distance Learning means you can choose when and where you study.  
We recommended allowing a minimum of 4 to 5 hours per week to study this course in your own time.

You will be given submission dates for each unit to help you stay on track and complete within the allocated timeframe.  

This course is available via: 
  • Online assessments with online learning materials

Where does this course lead to

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator) 
  • Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care 
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England 
  • Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) 
  • Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services 
  • Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support 
  • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) 
  • Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools 
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools 
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training Career opportunities 

By completing the qualification, learners will develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism which could support progression onto appropriate qualifications, and into relevant employment in the health and social care sector.

How to Enrol

This course includes seven mandatory units which you need to complete in order to gain the qualification.


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Course Outline

Course Code: MDFL118
Study Mode: Part Time
Duration: 40 Weeks
Start Date: Anytime
Day & Time: Flexible Learning
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