Understanding Autism


13 Weeks


About the Course

An intensive, distance learning programme designed to provide the underpinning knowledge to support you in understanding Autism and how to support others with the condition. By enrolling on this course, you’ll learn the signs of Autism and how to get this diagnosed, as well as how Autism can affect the lives of people living with it, and how symptoms can be managed.


This course is designed for people who work in a line management role and wish to develop their understanding of Autism, as well as those who have a personal interest in developing knowledge and skills to support individuals with Autism.


These courses are delivered by online learning via our Equal platform, with 1:1 coaching from our team of expert tutors.


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Course Overview

As part of the online Understanding Autism course, you will develop Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in the below areas:

  • The signs, indications, and diagnosis process of Autism
  • Sources of information, support, legislation, and guidance relevant to Autism
  • What it’s like to live with Autism
  • Best practice relating to supporting Autistic individuals

Course Delivery

Self-directed study

In studying through an online course, you will be expected to do a significant amount of self-directed study. We’ll support by structuring the online Equal platform to give you manageable deadlines to keep you progressing through the units to ensure you achieve the qualification.


We would recommend you set aside a minimum of 5 hours per week over the duration of the course to ensure you are successful.


Should you need support or further explanation of a topic after completing the online learning / reading, you will have access to a dedicated tutor who will be on-hand on the phone or email to answer your questions.



You will be matched with an experienced Tutor and Learning Support Assistant (LSA) who will be your guide through the programme. They will work with you to help you set your objectives for what you want to get out of your participation. You will have a minimum of 2 structured progress reviews with your Tutor/LSA through the course. However, they are of course on hand throughout to deal with any questions as they arise.



Throughout the qualification you will be continually assessed against the qualification’s unit criteria. The online Equal platform contains all of the assessments and will prompt you to complete each assessment after completing the relevant section of e-learning.


Your Tutor will review all submitted work and provide you with feedback to help you further improve your understanding.

How You Will Benefit

  • Develop your understanding of what Autism is
  • Gain knowledge of the social and legal context of Autism
  • Learn how to better support those with Autism
  • Expand your knowledge of Autism, including best practice of how to manage the condition and provide support to Autistic individuals
  • Have the opportunity to focus on your development, supported remotely by an experienced tutor
  • Enhance your future career development.

Entry Requirements

We highly recommend that you have access to a laptop or desktop computer to best enable you to complete the assessments.


If English is your second language, we highly recommend that you complete an ESOL course before enrolling for this qualification.

Learner Journey

During your online course, you’ll work through a series of units to achieve your qualification. For more information, please download our Learner Journey map.


Download learner journey map

Contact for further information

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