Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism


This qualification aims to increase your knowledge and understanding of autism. 

Achievement of this qualification will help support progression into a variety of job roles and occupational areas within health and social care, education or roles in other sectors which support individuals with autism.

The qualification will help you to understand:

  • How to adopt a positive approach to supporting individuals with autism.
  • The current legislative framework relating to individuals with autism and how different theories have developed over time.
  • How to support and manage transitions for individuals with autism.
  • The range of therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions.
  • How to support communication and social interaction for individuals with autism.
  • How to develop an understanding of how individuals with autism may be vulnerable and the support worker’s role and responsibilities relating to safeguarding according to legislative requirements.

Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism is available as a progression opportunity as part of our distance learning provision. This course is completed online, so learners need access to a computer, laptop or tablet.

Open to learners 19+

Please note that whilst the course is free, there is a £50 withdrawal fee if you choose to withdraw from the course.

Awarding body: NCFE

Assessment is knowledge-based only and you will complete online learning and answer a series of questions for each unit of the qualification.

To achieve this qualification, you will need to complete six mandatory units:

  • Autism in context
  • Positive behavioural support for individuals with autism
  • Understand support and management of transitions for individuals with Autism.
  • Therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions.
  • Communication and social interaction with individuals with autism
  • Safeguarding and resilience in autism


This course is part of our distance learning offer, you will receive submission due dates for all units. You must attend a virtual induction before you start your course. If you require additional support, tutorials can be arranged either face to face, over the telephone or by email.

On completing the Level 3 Understanding Autism course you may wish to progress onto further distance learning courses. These courses give you an opportunity to specialise in other areas including:

• Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health

• Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care

• Level 3 Certificate in Principles of End-of-Life Care

You may also be interested in some of our taught courses that can lead to employment in early years and schools.

• Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator)

• Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

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