London South Bank University

Course Introduction

This qualification 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). Gain a critical, theoretical and practical understanding of the diverse learning requirements of pupils and students who identify with the wide spectrum of autism. Develop a critical understanding of autism, relevant legislation, education policy and interventions. The course content is informed by the experiences and voices of those with autism and our approach is underpinned by the inclusive principle "nothing about us without us". You'll apply theory to practice ? and in so doing you'll have the opportunity to reflect on inclusive practices and their efficacy in assisting diverse learners with autism to be successful in education. This course will develop your ability to analyse critically and build upon your own attitudes, professional experience and practice including the promotion of social justice, inclusion, and equity as a policy and a practice. The programme is suitable for: newly qualified and experienced teachers in a range of educational settings; those of you working in post compulsory education; those of you working with children and young people with ASD/SEND in a variety of recognised settings, or those of you who have an interest in doing so and have appropriate experience and qualifications to meet the programme?s entry qualifications. The programme will equip you to be both skilled and knowledgeable in your work with children, young people and their families. Your practice will be underpinned by your theoretical understanding of concepts and principles associated with SEND and autism spectrum conditions (ASC). This, in turn will open-up career development possibilities to you in the field. During the course you'll also have the opportunity to achieve the National SENCO award, a recognised qualification that would further enhance your career development.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £2,625 Home Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £2,625 European Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £4,593 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students 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 Honours 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. Applicants are likely to be practising education professionals, mostly practising teachers or those working in special school or alternative settings (including disability services in further and higher education and similar contexts).
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English need an IELTS score of minimum 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component.