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Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism

Course Overview

This autism level 3 course has been created to provide an autism qualification, ideal for those who wish to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism. Developed to support a progression into employment in the health and social care or education sector.

Today, over 700,000 people in the UK are autistic, meaning that 2.8m people have a relative on the autism spectrum. The condition affects people of all ages and while it is incurable, the right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people's lives. Whether you are looking to progress your career; have an autistic family member, friend or colleague; or would just like to increase yours or your staffs’ knowledge and help raise awareness, this qualification is perfect.

This course is only funded in Scotland and is comparable to a Level 6 based on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework. Upon completion of the course, learners in Scotland will receive the college’s e-certificate.

Key Information

Course Length
20 weeks

Course Level
Level 3

Awarding Body
(E-certificates upon achievement)

Learning Method(s)
Online materials
Online assessment

For Individuals


  • Fully online course
  • Study from anywhere, at any time
  • Gain an accredited level 3 qualification
  • In Scotland, comparable to a Level 6 based on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework
  • Nationally recognised
  • Access to an award-winning e-learning platform
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Unlimited support from qualified tutors
  • Receive a digital e-certificate upon completion
  • No hidden costs

Cost and Funding Information

Course Price

Direct Debit

Funded Course
Scotland Only

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Unit 1: Autism in context

In this unit, cover the historical context of autism, the diagnosis and characteristics of autism, the legislative framework applicable to autism, and how autism is represented in society.

Unit 2: Positive behavioural support for autistic individuals

This unit covers behaviour within the context of autism and how to promote an autism-friendly environment. Learn about how to promote individual positive behavioural support and the interventions that are used in behavioural support.

Unit 3: Understand support and management of transitions for autistic individuals

In this unit, learn about how transitions can affect autistic people, how to support autistic young people to make the transition into adulthood, and how to support autistic individuals into employment.

Unit 4: Therapeutic interventions and support available for autistic individuals and co-occurring conditions

This unit covers the range of therapeutic interventions available to autistic individuals. Learn about the services available to autistic individuals and their families, and co-occurring conditions and their treatments.

Unit 5: Communication and social interaction with autistic individuals

In this unit, learn about the differences in social interactions and communications associated with autism, how communication can be adapted to support positive interactions and communication with autistic individuals, and a range of strategies and aids used to support communication and social interaction for autistic individuals.

Unit 6: Safeguarding and resilience in autism

In the final unit of this course, learn how to raise concerns about potential or actual harm, abuse or exploitation, how to support the health, safety and well-being of individuals, how the legislative framework safeguards autistic children, young people and adults, and about how and when restrictive practices might be used within legal guidelines.

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