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Understanding Autism Level 2 Certificate

Part Time

Course Overview

This qualification is designed for learners who wishes to develop an understanding of autism and how to support individuals with autism.

It’s useful for those who provide direct support and those working in sectors such as:

  • Health Care
  • Social Care
  • Leisure & Entertainment
  • Education & Training
  • Nursing.

Course Content

To be awarded the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism, learners are required to successfully complete six mandatory units.

Unit 01 Introduction to autism

This unit introduces autism, covering what is meant by ‘autism’, theories and diagnosis. You will look at common misconceptions associated with autism and conditions that can co-occur with autism.

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

This unit covers using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism, incorporating the preferences and needs of the individual. We will look at legislation and guidance, and the support networks available to individuals and their families.

Unit 03 Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism

This unit covers the potential delays and difficulties in speech, language, and social development sometimes faced by individuals with autism. It also covers methods and strategies that could be used when communicating with an individual with autism.

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

In this unit you will gain an understanding of sensory processing, perception, and cognition in individuals with autism - including looking at hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity. You will also consider how to the support the sensory needs of individuals with autism.

Unit 05 Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism

Through this unit you will understand individuals’ behaviours in the context of autism. We’ll also look at how to support positive behaviour and help individuals to develop coping strategies.

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

This unit covers how to support individuals through transitions and life events, how to maintain their personal safety, and how to access services, facilities and employment opportunities. You will also gain an understanding of what it’s like for an individual to live with 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 1 Qualification. This course is suitable for learners aged 16 and above.

In order to complete this Distance Learning Course at no charge you will need to match the following entry criteria:

  • 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 olds you must have already achieved a level 2 qualification or equivalent
  • If you are 24+ there are no formal entry requirements for this course but you will find it helpful to have a good standard of English and Maths


During the course, you will create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates your understanding of all the learning outcomes and criteria for each unit.

Grades are not awarded. 

A Unit Credit Certificate can be requested if you don’t achieve the full qualification but have achieved at least one whole unit.

Where does this course lead to

If you achieve this qualification you could progress to:

  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children's Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services
  • Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support


It may also be useful to learners studying qualifications in the following sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Social care
  • Leisure
  • Education
  • Early Years
  • Voluntary.





How to Enrol

To find out more information please email distance.learning@bcot.ac.uk quoting the course reference, or to enrol now click the button below.


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Course Outline

Course Code: MDFL054
Study Mode: Part Time
Duration: 22 Weeks
Start Date: Anytime
Day & Time: Distance Learning
Basingstoke College of Technology I 2019