London South Bank University

Course Introduction

Please note: This course is only open to candidates from Lambeth Teaching Schools' Alliance.

The aims of the programme are to:

• Provide an up'to'date curriculum that is delivered to a high quality and is informed by scholarship and research;

• Provide a critical, reflexive and substantive knowledge of educational processes and practices in the area of autism, disability and special educational needs;

• Provide a learning experience that enables the development of intellectual, practical and transferable skills that fosters participants' enthusiasm and develops a sense of a learning community;

• Develop the participants' ability to analyse critically and build upon their own attitudes, professional experience and practice including the promotion of social justice, inclusion, and equity as a policy and a practice.

• Draw on participants' experience to develop their understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, particularly within their own school /setting, but extending to its wider context;

• Provide academic and personal support which builds on and recognises the students’ professional skills and experience and supports them in developing knowledge and skills to undertake independent research;

• Attract participants from a wide range of backgrounds and facilitate the sharing of their differing experiences;

• Provide modes of delivery that are flexible, in order to satisfy participants' needs as fulltime practitioners.

The PG Cert in Autism is designed for people with an interest in autism and practitioners in the field of education, who have experience of working with learners with autism across the age range (in keeping with the 0'25 framework in the Children and Families Act 2014). It has as an underpinning principle ‘nothing about us without us' and its content will be informed by the experiences and voices of those with autism. In this way, distinctive to PG cert and MA' Autism programs is the combination of modules that provide for both a critical, theoretical and practical understanding of the diverse learning requirements of pupils and students who identify with the wide spectrum of autism.

Participants will gain a critical understanding of autism, relevant legislation, education policy and interventions. They will apply theory to practice in order to reflect on notions of inclusion applied to assisting diverse learners with autism to be successful in education. The opportunity to develop a particular strand of interest based on their work will be available via the dissertation and they will be able to apply and disseminate their findings to and within the work place and throughout the course.

The programme will be suitable for:

• newly qualified and experienced teachers in a range of educational settings

• those working in post compulsory education

• those working with children and young people with ASD/SEND in a variety of recognised settings, or who have an interest in doing so and have appropriate experience and qualifications to meet the programme’s entry qualifications.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

Qualifications required:

  • • Applicants should usually have qualifications that demonstrate that they are suitably prepared for level-7 study in the professional practice context. • This will normally mean a good first degree (with a classification of 2:2 or above or the equivalent if the applicant had a degree from a non-UK university) and evidence that applicants are able to write at level 7. • If an applicant has existing level 7 credits in relevant field - it is possible for the applicant to apply for APEL (accredited prior learning) for the optional module on this course.