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Certificate in Understanding Autism Level 2

Our Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism (RQF) is an accredited qualification designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to support individuals with autism. Embracing a person-centred approach, it teaches you to cultivate positive communication methods and enables individuals to manage their own risks effectively.

Throughout the course, you will gain insights into sensory processing, perception, and cognition in autism, learning strategies to support sensory needs and manage sensory overload. Additionally, the course covers a wide range of autism spectrum characteristics, support networks, and strategies for fostering positive behaviour. It also addresses understanding relevant theories and legislation, risk management, supporting individuals with autism, and enhancing communication and social interaction.

Aligned with the Department of Health Adult Autism Strategy, our course encompasses all conditions on the autistic spectrum and adheres to the statutory guidance of The Autism Act, preparing professionals across various roles. Following the Oliver McGowan Autism Framework, it addresses tier 1 and several tier 2 outcomes, enriched with extra content to fulfil the broader framework requirements.

The course features seven theory-based modules, offered remotely to allow flexible learning. It includes assignments, workbooks, and extensive resources to facilitate your educational journey.

By the end of the course, you will have acquired a thorough understanding of autism and its complexities, along with practical strategies for effective support in various settings.

Course Details

Qualification Name: Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism (RQF)
Accreditation: iCQ OfQual recognised qualification
OfQual Qualification Accreditation Number (QAN): 603/5139/1
Average time to completion: 6 to 12 weeks

Course Content

Mandatory Units

  • Module 1 – Understanding Sensory Processing, Perception, and Cognition in Autism: This module explores how individuals with autism process sensory information, examining hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity. It covers sensory-related behaviours, balance difficulties, body awareness issues, and cognitive differences. Strategies for supporting sensory needs, managing sensory overload, and creating supportive environments are discussed.
  • Module 2 – Understanding Autism: This module delves into the diverse spectrum of autism, including Asperger’s syndrome and high-functioning autism. It addresses lifelong characteristics, signs, and symptoms of autism, emphasising neurodiversity. Co-occurring conditions, challenges in diagnosis, and available support networks are explored.
  • Module 3 – Supporting and Promoting Positive Behaviour in Autism: This module highlights how autism influences interactions and routines. Strategies for coping with changes, reducing prompt dependency, and supporting obsessions are provided. Positive behaviour reinforcement techniques, proactive and reactive strategies, and managing challenging behaviours are covered.
  • Module 4 – Understanding Theories, Support, and Legislation in Autism: This module outlines key theories like Kanner’s and Asperger’s. It discusses legislation guiding autism support, confidentiality principles, and access to services. Employment barriers, support networks, and specialist roles are also explored.
  • Module 5 – Managing Risks in Supporting Autism: This module discusses prevalent attitudes, media representation, and discrimination against autistic individuals. Strategies for maintaining personal safety, safeguarding against exploitation and bullying, and promoting positive risk-taking are provided.
  • Module 6 – Supporting Individuals Living with Autism: This module advocates treating individuals with autism compassionately and non-judgmentally. It explores the impact of autism on development, education, and family dynamics. Transition support and utilising formal and informal networks are discussed.
  • Module 7 – Understanding Effective Communication and Social Interaction in Autism: This module examines speech, language, and social interaction challenges in autism. It covers communication methods, difficulties in verbal communication, and social development delays. Strategies for supporting communication and creating positive interaction environments are provided.

Enrolment and Delivery

Please use our enquiry form or contact us by telephone if you have any queries about this qualification or would like to express an interest to enrol onto this course. A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions, help to make sure this course is right for you and/or your staff team, and talk you through what is involved in enrolment and course completion.

Upon enrolment, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will assist you through achieving successful and meaningful completion of your award. All of the electronic resources, workbooks and assignments required for you to complete the course will be emailed to you for you to commence working with at a time of your convenience. Your tutor will work with you to set targets and milestones that are achievable for you and will check in with you regularly, providing assistance whenever necessary.

On successful completion of your award, your assessor will coordinate with the awarding body for the issuance of your certificates, which will be promptly delivered to you.


Including Assignment, Workbook and Resources:

The full cost of this qualification is £150 per person which is duly invoiced at the point of enrolment.

Upon completion and certification of this qualification, the certificate(s) for you/your staff members will be sent to you.

Quality Assurance

This Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism is accredited to the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF), the new framework for creating and accrediting qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OfQual) regulates this qualification, examinations and assessments in England.

Complete Training is an approved registered centre with the OFQUAL regulated awarding organisation ‘I Can Qualify‘ (iCQ). All our qualifications are subject to both internal and external quality assurance processes to ensure we meet all of the awarding body specifications. All course materials are developed to meet the specific outcomes that make up the full qualification.

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