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PGCert Education: Autism

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Literacy / Special Needs Teaching Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

This programme is a blended part-time course with taught sessions supported by online resources and tutorials. This PgCERT is designed for those who wish to develop an autism specialism relevant to Education or Social Care. The course draws on the Autism Education Trust Competency Framework, the current gold standard across the UK.

Key features

- Join this PgCert and network with practitioners from a range of contexts
- Learn from a team with respected reputations in autism: education, social care and intervention
- Discuss your own contexts and professional needs in individual and group tutorials
- Engage in eight full-day face-to-face sessions with blended learning tasks and activities carried out between sessions
- Explore approaches within a community of learners which supports academic thinking and writing
- Benefit from a range of teaching and learning approaches, with flexible study patterns
- Improve your knowledge, professionalism, and acquire the ability to analyse your practice, understanding and intervention
- Extend your professional confidence and decision making within an ethical framework
- Experience actual case studies from those who experience autism
- Focus on your research interests and needs, within a professionally useful, and academically rigorous learning environment


This module explores a range of issues related to the assessment, diagnosis, management and education of children with autistic spectrum conditions (autism). It aims to examine autism from different perspectives. The four key areas of difficulty, (previously the triad of impairment) will be explored and used to examine the implications for individual and school practices. The module will critically examine different teaching and learning approaches. The role of parents and other professionals will be considered.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Part time fee : £500 per 10 credit module. Fee given is for 2022-23 entry and there may be slight increase in 2023-24 entry.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree of 2:2 or above (e.g. BA, BSc, BEd) or an appropriate equivalent qualification/and or professional experience.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more