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Certificate in Understanding Autism

Course ID: 175231

Course Year: 23/24

Course Details

  • This course is suitable for adults aged 19 and over.
  • You’ll be able to study at a time to suit you, in the comfort of your own home.
  • The course is free of charge to adults who meet eligibility criteria.
  • The course is delivered using an online platform, supported throughout by a member of our experienced team.
  • Ideal for students looking to improve their knowledge and understanding of this topic.
  • You’ll be supported, no matter what your learning style or needs. We have an amazing team of staff to help you achieve your best.

What to expect from the course

Autism presents itself in diverse ways, with unique support needs for each individual. This course is designed to provide comprehensive education on a range of therapeutic interventions and the available support for individuals with autism and their families.

Additionally, this module will provide you with insights into the common co-occurring conditions of autism, along with available treatment options. It will also cover the roles and responsibilities related to safeguarding and examine ways in which you can assist individuals with autism in leading meaningful and fulfilling lives.

This course is made up of six units:
Understanding how individuals on the autism spectrum process sensory information is crucial for providing appropriate support and creating sensory-friendly environments tailored to their unique needs.

Autistic individuals often exhibit a range of characteristics, including challenges in social communication, repetitive behaviours, and intense interests, which contribute to their distinct neurodivergent profile.

It is important to acknowledge that autism frequently co-occurs with other conditions, such as ADHD, anxiety, and depression, emphasizing the necessity for comprehensive and holistic approaches in supporting individuals with autism.

Dispelling common misconceptions about autism, such as the notion that all autistic individuals possess savant-like abilities or lack empathy, is essential for fostering understanding and acceptance within society.

Speech, language, and communication abilities can vary significantly among individuals on the autism spectrum, with some facing verbal communication challenges while others may demonstrate excellent language skills in specific areas of interest.

The provision of appropriate support for individuals on the autism spectrum is underpinned by legislation and guidance that promote inclusive education, employment opportunities, and access to services tailored to their specific needs.

This course will cover all of the above.


On successful completion of the course you will have achieved a TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

Why study with us?

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

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Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

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Entry Requirements

Be aged 19+, will need to be at least Level 1 English, have good IT skills and access to a PC or laptop.and with a passion for learning.


This course is only available to learners aged 19 and over.
If you are unemployed or earning less than £33,958.60 a year? You may qualify to join this course for free.
To find out more, contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for23/24 is 811.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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