Certificate in Understanding Autism (Level 3)

Study Area: 19+
Duration: 20 Weeks
Attendance: Part Time

Course Overview

This qualification will help you increase your knowledge and understanding of autism. Successful completion of this qualification will support you to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism, which would enable progression onto appropriate qualifications and into employment within the health and social care and education sectors. The course should help you to understand:

  • how to adopt a positive approach to supporting individuals with autism
  • the current legislative framework relating to individuals with autism and how different theories have developed over time
  • how to support and manage transitions for individuals with autism
  • the range of therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions
  • how to support communication and social interaction for individuals with autism
  • how to develop an understanding of how individuals with autism may be vulnerable and the support worker’s role and responsibilities relating to safeguarding according to legislative requirements.

The term ‘autism’ is used as an umbrella term within this qualification for all autistic spectrum conditions, and the course includes children, young people and adults, though the main focus will be on children and young people.

The units you will study are:

  • Unit 1 – Autism in context
  • Unit 2 – Positive behavioural support for individuals with autism
  • Unit 3 – Understand support and management of transitions for individuals with autism
  • Unit 4 – Therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occuring conditions
  • Unit 5 – Communication and social interaction with individuals with autism
  • Unit 6 – Safeguarding and resilience in autism

Start Date

September 2024

3 hours per week for 20 weeks

1 evening per week

Face-to-face delivery

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of Autism. There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification.

However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 2 qualification in, for example, learning support, social care or healthcare, early years, or supporting teaching and learning.

Learners should be aged 16 or above to undertake this qualification. Applicants will be invited to an informal interview with the programme leader to discuss the course further.


Upon completion of the Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism, there are a number of opportunities for further study including:

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Those who also have significant work-place experience may also apply for the Foundation Degree in Early Years.

Assessment Methods

All units will be individually internally assessed using a range of methods and materials which could include:

  • Things you have produced at work
  • A portfolio of evidence
  • Written and pictorial information
  • Oral questions and answers
  • A scenario or case study
  • A professional discussion

Course Fees

£811 (a registration fee may apply)

This course is FREE if you:

  • earn below £23,400. Please get in contact for further details.
  • earn above £23,400 and do not currently hold a full level 3 qualification.

Advanced Learner Loans are also available to cover the cost of the course fees.   

This course is free for students age 16 – 18.

Additional information on fees and funding

Awarding Body

The awarding body for this course is NCFE CACHE

Certificate in Understanding Autism (Level 3)

Study Area: 19+
Duration: 20 Weeks
Attendance: Part Time
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