This qualification aims to develop learners’ understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism.

Fully-funded via the UK Government in the form of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

  • Free online course


  • Course duration

    6 weeks

  • Support

    Expert tutor support available

  • Experience

    No previous knowledge is required or assumed

  • Awarding body

    NCFE or TQUK depending on location and training provider

Overview of Autism

Qualification aims and objectives

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to develop an understanding of autism and how to support individuals with autism.

This qualification aims to:

  • Develop staffs’ understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism covering the person-centred approach and influence of positive communication methods, how to support positive behaviour and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

The objective of this qualification is to help learners to:

  • Progress within employment in a variety of sectors, and in a number of job roles where an understanding of autism and knowledge of how to support people with autism is required.

Understanding autism

Autism is a condition which presents itself as a wide spectrum of disorders, and is prevalent through the UK. People who have autistic spectrum disorders can be affected differently, with cases ranging from mild to severe.

Throughout this qualification, you will gain an understanding of the spectrum of autistic disorders and how they can affect people in a variety of ways, as well as exploring the importance of using a person-centred approach to provide support.

You will also understand how to use appropriate communication skills and positive behaviour to encourage individuals with autistic spectrum conditions to live fulfilling and independent lives.

Who is it suitable for?

This free course is suitable for anyone who wishes to develop their understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals to live healthy and fulfilled lives. 

The course will benefit anyone working, or looking to work, with individuals who have an autistic spectrum condition.

Course units

To be awarded the Level 2 Certificate in Autism, staff are required to successfully complete 6 mandatory units:

Introduction to autism

This unit provides learners with an introduction to autism, covering what is meant by ‘autism’, theories, and diagnosis.

Learners will also look at common misconceptions associated with autism and conditions that can co-occur with autism.

Person-centred approach to support

This unit covers using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism, incorporating the preferences and needs of the individual.

Learners will also look at legislation and guidance, and the support networks
available to individuals and their families.

Communication and interaction

This unit covers the potential delays and difficulties in speech, language, and social development sometimes faced by individuals with autism.

It also covers methods and strategies that could be used when communicating with an individual with autism.

Sensory processing and perception

In this unit, learners will gain an understanding of sensory processing, perception, and cognition in individuals with autism – including looking at hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity.

Learners will also consider how to support the sensory needs of individuals with autism.

Supporting positive behaviour

Through this unit staff will understand individuals’ behaviours in the context of autism. They’ll also look at how to support positive behaviour and help individuals to develop coping strategies.

Healthy and fulfilled lives

This unit covers how to support individuals through transitions and life events, how to maintain their personal safety, and how to access services, facilities and employment opportunities.

Learners will also gain an understanding of what it’s like for an individual to live with autism.

Get certified

Gain a nationally recognised level 2 accredited certificate.

Qualification benefits

Develop your skills

88% of our learners say our courses have equipped them with vital skills to help them progress in their working life.

Launch or advance your career

Build up enough knowledge, skills and confidence to transition into a new career.

Improve your CV

Level 2 qualifications are nationally recognised and accredited, giving you the foundations to improve your job prospects.

Course sample

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Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.


19+ at the start of the academic year.


  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.

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