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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

PgCert Education: Autism

This programme involves practice-related research and professional development in Education: Autism, and is relevant to all phases of education, including post-16 education. The programme features are designed to make it theoretically and practically relevant for educational practitioners. The programme continues the established relationship between the University, REACCH Autism South West and Plymouth Local Authority (Communication and Interaction Team).

Careers with this subject

Students already employed can use this programme to develop their professional knowledge. Those progressing from undergraduate studies are able to develop specialist knowledge and enhance their professional learning for their future career. After completion, students may progress on to masters and doctoral study.

Key features

  • Join this PgCert and network with practitioners from a range of contexts
  • A Learn from a team with respected reputations in autism: education
  • Discuss your own contexts and professional needs in individual and group tutorials
  • A Engage in six 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 own policy and practice
  • Extend your professional confidence and decision making within an ethical framework
  • A Experience actual case studies from those who experience autism.


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 / EU students

The fee for 2019/20 entry is £550 per 10 credits. There might be slight increase in fee for 2020/21.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (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