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If you are involved with people on the autistic spectrum, you know the importance of being able to properly communicate and work alongside them. Read more
If you are involved with people on the autistic spectrum, you know the importance of being able to properly communicate and work alongside them. Our course will help improve your understanding of autism and those on the spectrum, developing your skills to enable proper consideration of their needs. By gaining conceptual knowledge and practical understanding of techniques of enquiry, you'll develop critical analysis and problem solving skills that will improve your ability to work alongside autistic individuals.

Professionals consistently argue that widespread knowledge and understanding of autism and better access to training will help fight the ignorance towards those on the autism spectrum. We intend to give you the relevant training and knowledge to ensure that you have the abilities necessary for effectively working with autistic people, giving you the right skills to ensure a successful future.

Course outline

Our course is suitable for anyone, including people with autism, who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in understanding autism. Driven by lived experience of people on the autism spectrum, we will help you gain a better consideration of how to work alongside autistic people.

We offer an individual negotiated pathway to ensure the course is appropriate to your personal and professional development. There is a minimum attendance requirement of 85% of all thought sessions within the first three modules.

Graduate destinations

You'll have opportunity to critically evaluate the broad theoretical and conceptual base underpinning current understanding of the Autism Spectrum, reviewing that knowledge within relevant national standards and multi-professional frameworks. By reflecting on the voice of people on the autism spectrum, you will play a vital role in challenging discrimination and researching appropriate patterns of support for individuals.

Other admission requirements

This level 7 programme is designed for anyone with a passion to develop their knowledge skills and ability to improve the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum.

Applicants must have to a computer and to the internet.

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis and potential students will be offered advice by an academic tutor on the suitability of the award and their module choice within the award, dependent on factors such as currency of prior learning, and their personal and professional development needs. Students should be able to show potential benefit from studying for the award and a commitment to attempting the assessment items.

International applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of study at a level equivalent to the general entry requirements. These will be in accordance with NARIC Guidelines (The British Council 2007 and revised annually) and International Qualifications for entry to Higher Education (UCAS, 2007 and revised annually) as well as satisfying the English Language requirements for admission which include any of the following:
-The British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.5.
-Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, Grade A only.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, Grade C or above.
-Oxford - Arels examination (higher level), Credit or Distinction.
-TOEFL: American Test of English as a foreign language, Minimum score of 550 (for written tests) or 213 (for computer tests).

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Study autism in all aspects of theory, research and practice on this specialist postgraduate course. You reflect on how autism affects the way in which people experience the world and analyse these experiences in the context of wider disability debates. Read more
Study autism in all aspects of theory, research and practice on this specialist postgraduate course. You reflect on how autism affects the way in which people experience the world and analyse these experiences in the context of wider disability debates. The course helps you to identify and consider the barriers in society that hinder individuals with autism in terms of learning and achieving their goals.

If you are from a professional background the course supports you in developing a range of academic skills, a professional knowledge base and employability skills that link closely to your specialism and career goals. If you are interested in this course from a personal perspective as an individual with autism, a parent or carer, we support your developing understanding of the autism spectrum.

This course is ideal if you are:
-A graduate interested in a career in education or a related field with an autism specialism.
-Currently involved in working with people who are on the autism spectrum.
-If you are coming to this course from a personal perspective as an individual with autism, a parent or carer.

The course focuses on the UK education and education-related systems, but also places these in an international context.

You study:
-How the autism spectrum is conceptualised.
-The way that autism impacts on the individual's thinking and learning.
-How autism might affect how people experience the world around them.

Assessments can be linked to your own work so you can specialise in a particular age bracket or education or support role. For example, you can choose to focus your study and placement experience on:
-The early years.
-Primary education.
-Secondary education.
-Further education.
-Higher education sectors.

Or you can focus on professions linked to education such as:
-Learning mentor.
-Education welfare officer.
-Arts education officer.
-Education-related health roles.

The course provides a relevant qualification for anyone holding or intending to hold a management position in the field of autism. You reflect on current theory relating to the autism spectrum and evaluate how you might use new learning to develop your own practice.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mapgdippgcert-autism-spectrum

Course structure

Part time – typically 1 year to certificate, 2 years to diploma, 3 years to masters, maximum 6 years.
Each module is taught 5–7.30pm once a week typically over eight to ten weeks. For groups of 15 students or more, it may be possible to deliver the course at your organisation if it is in the local region. Starts September.

Modules
The modules you take depend on whether you are pursuing a PgCert, PgDip or MA.
-Critical reflections on the Autism and Asperger Syndrome
-Autism, policy and practice
-Autism, challenging behaviour and communication
-Reflecting on Professional Practice
-Educational Enquiry

Assessment: assessment varies between modules but includes a mixture of professional work-based tasks and academic and critical reflection. There are no examinations.

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Offered through the Centre for Behaviour Analysis, the MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders offers up-to-date post-qualifying training for education, social and health care professionals, and other frontline staff. Read more
Offered through the Centre for Behaviour Analysis, the MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders offers up-to-date post-qualifying training for education, social and health care professionals, and other frontline staff. Modules are short and succinct (20 CATS points) and delivered in blended format, i.e. in-class 3-day blocks of teaching supported by online content delivery. Modules can be taken individually for interest or professional development or taken as part of the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc ASD.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are complex developmental disorders. Severity is based on social communication impairments and restricted repetitive patterns of behaviour (DSM-5). It is estimated that 1:88 individuals and families are affected by ASD (in Northern Ireland 1:56 school children are affected). Increase in awareness of ASD has resulted in the need for training in diagnosis, early intervention, educational provision and support services.

The MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders was developed in consultation with the education, health and social care, and voluntary sectors and individuals affected by ASD. While on the programme, students explore the theories and practice underpinning ASD and have the opportunity to engage in associated experiential work.

In line with the needs identified in the Northern Ireland Executive’s Autism Strategy (2013-2020) and associated Action Plan, the MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders has been updated and revised and attuned specifically to raising awareness, addressing issues specifically related to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and increasing knowledge of concepts and models of evidence-based interventions. The programme provides a range of specialised practical skills for teaching and supporting pupils and students in a variety of settings; the teamwork skills needed to support and advise colleagues; and, the knowledge and understanding of the special needs of individuals with ASD.

Programme Structure

In order to be awarded the MSc, students must successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS points) and a dissertation (60 CATS points).

Two exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught pathway modules or an Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS pointsfrom taught pathway modules.

Further information van be viewed on Queen's University website:
http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Course-Finder/PCF1718/PTCF1718/Course/AutismSpectrumDisorders.html

Short Courses

We've made it easy to study for a Masters module as a short course. If you would like to study for one of the modules in the MSc ASD, please contact the Education Secretary (tel: 028 9097 5923/ 5032, ) for advice.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found their Master’s degree to be beneficial in the workplace when advising colleagues, influencing policy makers and supporting pupils and students. Others progress to Doctoral level studies and research.

Find out why you should choose Queen's University for your postgraduate study: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/Why-postgraduate-study-at-Queens/

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By developing a greater understanding of the autistic spectrum, we as a society can learn how to work more effectively with autistic individuals. Read more
By developing a greater understanding of the autistic spectrum, we as a society can learn how to work more effectively with autistic individuals. Taking this course will improve your knowledge base and skills in working alongside autistic people, following a learning pathway that is appropriate to your personal and professional development.

Our programme is suitable for anyone (including those on the autism spectrum) interested in learning more about autism and how we can better combat the myths surrounding those on the spectrum. We offer a flexible delivery of study that lets you learn at your own pace, utilising taught sessions and assessment of three assignments. Improve your professional development by gaining the skills for effectively working alongside those on the autistic spectrum.

Course outline

The course consists of three modules taught each term. The first will focus on developing understanding of the key issues in the lives of people on the autism spectrum. Term two will focus on strategies and interventions used to support autistic individuals. Finally you will explore an issue of importance to you, extending knowledge and understanding of a specific issue through undertaking a project.

Graduate destinations

You'll have opportunities to critically evaluate the broad theoretical and conceptual base underpinning current understanding of the autism spectrum, reviewing that knowledge within relevant national standards and multi-professional frameworks. By reflecting on the voice of people on the autism spectrum, you will play a vital role in challenging discrimination and researching appropriate patterns of support for individuals.

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This award provides students with the opportunity to study the autism spectrum in depth. The programme aims to build upon students’ existing knowledge, understanding and experience of working with young people and adults with autism spectrum conditions (ASC). Read more
This award provides students with the opportunity to study the autism spectrum in depth. The programme aims to build upon students’ existing knowledge, understanding and experience of working with young people and adults with autism spectrum conditions (ASC). During the course we aim to share and increase understanding of theoretical perspectives on the nature, causation and impact of ASCs, and further develop students’ knowledge and skills with regard to assessment and the range of approaches used to support people within the spectrum. Individual approaches are evaluated and students are invited to reflect upon how to enhance learning opportunities and to consider how to work more effectively with colleagues, other professionals and parents. Particular issues within the field are explored and students are encouraged to reflect upon the implications for their own practice. In particular, we seek to provide insight into different perspectives on autism and to enable students to adopt a critical stance in relation to the research literature and current practice.

The programme has been developed over a number of years and has achieved a positive reputation in the field. It is intended for students from a variety of professional backgrounds, including teachers, therapists, social workers and other staff in health and social care. However, the programme may also be undertaken by parents and others with a personal interest in the subject. At the outset there is the opportunity to claim credit for prior learning relevant to the field of autism.

This award is part of the Manchester Met Faculty of Education postgraduate Professional Development Programme.

About the Course

MA Autism Spectrum Conditions is intended for a range of education professionals, and those in related health and social welfare/care (and in inter and multi-professional settings); it is also open to parents of children/young people with ASC and others with a personal interest in the field. The course encourages and facilitates students to identify, explore and develop thinking salient for their own practice and (academic and) professional development.

Assessment details

Assessment is by coursework for each unit and a full assignment brief is available for each unit. Assessment tasks always allow you to pursue your own thinking and interests within the parameters of the unit and award. Formative feedback is available and built in for every unit.

For taught units (30 credits) the assessment is 5000 words equivalent. The final (60 credit) dissertation is 12-14,000 words.

Waiver of some credits may be possible (under the MMU Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy) if you have a recent and relevant certificated award at Level 7.

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The 2015 Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (DfE/DoH) specifies that all teachers must be seen as teachers of pupils with SEN and take responsibility for the progress of all learners in their class. Read more
The 2015 Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (DfE/DoH) specifies that all teachers must be seen as teachers of pupils with SEN and take responsibility for the progress of all learners in their class.

With an estimated 1.1 per cent of the population diagnosed with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) and an increased focus on inclusion, this course allows you to develop your knowledge and understanding of pupils with ASC.

This is a new and innovative postgraduate course that will enable you to study and research current, relevant issues concerning autism spectrum conditions and to develop knowledge of inclusive pedagogy and practice.

It is suitable for teachers and allied professionals working within educational settings who wish to deepen and extend their knowledge of ASC and inclusion.

This course will help you to develop the skills to reflect critically on your own practice and current research. It will enable you to contribute to school development and strategic vision concerning ASC.

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The MA SEN (ASD) course is unique in Wales, and for professionals working in the field of social care, education, health or the third sector, who have contact with children or adults on the Autism Spectrum. Read more
The MA SEN (ASD) course is unique in Wales, and for professionals working in the field of social care, education, health or the third sector, who have contact with children or adults on the Autism Spectrum. The course is also available to parents or carers who wish to further their knowledge and understanding on Autism at Masters level.

This is the only course that offers study at this level. As such, it attracts a wide range of students from all over south Wales and the west of England. European and international students regularly choose the University of South Wales for their studies, and currently Greece, Malta, the USA, India and Pakistan are all represented.

The MA SEN (ASD) course has a committed team of professionals working in the field of Autism who are happy to share their expertise. In addition, the university also offers individuals who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition who are happy to share their experiences with the students. This is complemented by workshops, group discussion and student led seminars. The varied teaching approaches encourage students to engage in discussions, exchange views and share expertise.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1159-ma-sen-asd

What you study

In common with all of the MA Education programmes, students must take the Research Methodology module. In addition, you will study the following three specialist modules:

- Supporting children with ASD – This is an introduction to Autism in which you will examine a wide range of strategies that can be used to support children with Autism Spectrum.
- The Autistic Spectrum
- Understanding Learning Difficulties/Disabilities

- Dissertation - To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.

Learning and teaching methods

You will learn through a combination of workshops, group discussions and student led seminars.

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed via a written assignment of 5,000 words, which usually takes the form of an essay. Each course member is supported by a tutor who provides individual tutorials and guidance during the assignment writing process.

Employment Prospects

Most of our students who study part-time, work in this specific field of work. Our full-time students quickly find work locally within education or the care sector, which offers them opportunities to apply theory to practice.

A Masters degree in Autism is a major boost to a career. Whatever your profession, experience has shown us that success on the course leads to enhanced employment prospects. Parents of children diagnosed with an ASD feel empowered both from their success and the increased insight gained.

A number of students have gone on to present at national and international conferences on an aspect of the autism spectrum. Other students have secured promotion and or employment in organisations that specifically support or educate individuals on the spectrum.

Teaching

As well as a committed team of professionals working in the field of Autism, we have visiting lecturers from:
- The local NHS Trust specialist AS team
- The National Autism Association (Wales)
- Autism Cymru.

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This programme is aimed at people interested in developing their knowledge and skills in the field of autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome. Read more
This programme is aimed at people interested in developing their knowledge and skills in the field of autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome. This specialist pathway is ideal for professionals working in early years, primary or secondary schools, further and higher education, voluntary sector, advisory roles, and residential settings. It would also be available (subject to entry qualifications) to people with a personal interest, for example individuals on the autism spectrum and family members.

Course content

This programme provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of various aspects related to autism. The modules place specific emphasis on understanding autism from the individual and their family perspective. Theoretical perspectives related to autism and learning are explored in order to better understand the strengths and needs of individuals. A thorough analysis of evidence based approaches will be included in order to evaluate best practice in this field. The aim of the programme is to help participants to reduce the barriers that individuals with autism face in education and wider society. Participants will be encouraged to critically reflect and analyse their practice.

The modules undertaken will vary depending upon the selected exit award (PG certificate, diploma, MA). Each module is 30 level 7 CATs points, the final Dissertation is 60 CATs points. Students progressing to MA will undertake a Research Methods module and will complete a dissertation as part of their study.

Course modules (16/17)

-Understanding Autistic Spectrum Disorders
-Autism in the Early Years
-Understanding Challenging Behaviour in People with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities
-Evaluating Approaches for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
-Research Thesis
-Dissertation
-Research Methods

Students on PG Diploma or MA will study another optional module such as Key concepts in Inclusion or Understanding Severe and Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties. Students on the MA route will then complete an independent research project, either the Dissertation on its own, or the Research Thesis and Research Methods modules together.

Methods of Learning

Modules will be taught through a combination of approaches such as lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, tutorials and independent enquiries. A key strength of our programme is our blended learning approach. This provides the opportunity to learn collaboratively both face to face and online.

Schedule

For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and online activities which is usually 3 hours per week, per module. We recommend students to spend 10 hours per week, per module in self-directed study time.

PG Certificate– one year full time or between one to two years part-time.

PG Diploma– one year full time or between two to three years part-time.

MA – one year full time or between two to four years part-time.

September, 2016/ 2017, Full-time and Part-time.

Assessments

Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to either personal interests or existing professional workloads. Modules are assessed on the basis of essays, case studies, portfolios or reports and small-scale research projects.

Facilities and Special Features

Facilities available
-Virtual Learning environment.
-Fantastic library facilities.

Special features
The course is taught by senior lecturers who have extensive professional experience of working with individuals on the autism spectrum across the age and ability range. In addition, lecturers have an extensive research background.

Careers

If you are already working in the field of autism then the in-depth knowledge you will gain from this programme can help you to improve your practice or apply for management positions. A range of other career options in education, social care and voluntary sectors will be possible, such as being an advocate, learning mentor, or family adviser. For those who want to pursue further post-graduate research there is also a possibility of studying for a PhD.

Work Experience - For students who do not have any practical experience in the field, optional opportunities to visit settings can be arranged.

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These programmes are consistent with the philosophy and criteria set out in the Autism Act (2009) and Autism Strategy (2010). The philosophy and outcomes are also consistent with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence 2012 guidelines on autism. Read more
These programmes are consistent with the philosophy and criteria set out in the Autism Act (2009) and Autism Strategy (2010). The philosophy and outcomes are also consistent with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence 2012 guidelines on autism.

Course details

The overall aims of the programmes are to:
-Facilitate your acquisition of substantial knowledge and skills appropriate to postgraduate study and integrates your advanced knowledge and skills related to autism practice
-Develop the skills and attitudes necessary for you to promote evidence-based practice and research in autism practice
-Develop your critical understanding of the necessary research methodologies to locate and critically appraise research to advance practice when working with people with autism spectrum conditions
-Foster your commitment to lifelong learning and encourages an inquisitive approach to practice

You focus on the person-centred support of service users and apply supportive interventions and strategies in ways that build on your previous study, employment and/or practice experiences. You are prepared to conduct research that is linked to the field of autism practice and to advance your knowledge of the discipline of specialist autism practice. You will apply theories and constructs related to autism in a workplace setting to make sense of complex situations and enhance your skills development through action or problem-based projects and practical experience. These programmes also facilitate the development of leading change and service improvement, developing services to meet diverse needs of people with autism, underpinned by a sound ethical framework.

What you study

You focus on the person-centred support of service users and apply supportive interventions and strategies in ways that build upon your previous study and employment/practice experiences. You are prepared to conduct research linked to the field of autism practice to advance your knowledge and understanding of autism spectrum conditions, enabling you to develop your knowledge of specialist autism practice. You ares also enable to apply theories and constructs related to autism in a workplace setting to make sense of complex situations and enhance your skills development through action or problem-based projects and practical experience.

The programme is underpinned by a sound ethical framework and facilitates the development of leading change and service improvement, developing services to meet diverse needs of people with autism.

Core modules
-Advancing Practice When Working with People with Autism Spectrum Conditions
-Designing Research Projects
-Evidence-based Practice
-Service Improvement for Autism Spectrum Conditions

MSc only
-Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

These programme use e-learning as a key resource to enhance your learning and support. You use our virtual learning environment, [email protected] for all of your modules. we provide links to useful online resources and web-based interactive activities related to autism.

You also learn through discussion boards remotely from your home or at your practice placement site. In addition you learn through keynote lectures, seminars, case-study and scenario-based discussions and critical incident analyses in the form of group work. This enhances your learning and provides support for your modular assessment.

We use debate and argument to stimulate you to be an active participant in your reflective learning process. The programme team includes members with research experience and there is an emphasis on research-informed teaching.

Each module carries an assessed element which is integrated with the learning outcomes of the module and award. It requires a critical appreciation of the subject matter and its implications for practice.

Your work is assessed through essays, case studies, project work and a final dissertation if you are enrolled on the MSc Autism Practice.

Employability

You must work in a practice setting for this programme within your own area of employment. Career opportunities include a range of services in health and social care settings where individuals with autism require support.

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In 2005, several faculty members of West Chester University of PA met to discuss the need for and probability of offering a certificate in autism studies. Read more
In 2005, several faculty members of West Chester University of PA met to discuss the need for and probability of offering a certificate in autism studies. Since that first meeting, faculty members from the departments of Early Childhood & Special Education, Communicative Disorders, Psychology, and Kinesiology have collaborated in the development of an interdisciplinary, empirically-based certificate in autism studies. The university is now proud to offer the Certificate of Specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders. This Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program is geared towards community members who currently work with, or will work with, individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The 18-credit certificate provides students with the skill sets necessary to build and work within an interdisciplinary approach to effective and empirically-based treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Students learn strategies for implementing the interdisciplinary approach, as well as methods to assess the effectiveness of the approach, i.e. the effect of education/treatment on the person's quality of life. The program is be provided from the view point of several disciplines including psychology, special education, communicative disorders, and kinesiology.

Overview

The mission of this program is to provide professionals, parents, and other members of the community access to empirically validated educational approaches for teaching persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), strategies for implementing these approaches, as well as methods to assess the effectiveness of these approaches, i.e. the effect of education/treatment on the person's quality of life.

The autism certificate program is based on the following assumptions:

-People with ASD and their families have a wide range of disability-specific strengths and needs
-Assessment and intervention must be based on evidence-based practices
-Professionals who specialize in the treatment of individuals with ASD must understand the ASD profile, its history, and the challenges faced by families of individuals with ASD
-Professional who support individuals with ASD must collaborate with each other
-Specialization in autism requires course work, guided observation, and supervised clinical practicum

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Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Autism and Related Conditions at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Read more
Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Autism and Related Conditions at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

Autism is a spectrum of lifelong neurodevelopmental conditions that presents various challenges for those people living with Autism and the services in place to provide care, education, training and support. There is an emphasis on the need to increase general awareness and specialist training for all professionals involved in the delivery of autism related services. However, it has been recognised that Autism and its related conditions are prevalent globally, and this programme explores the international context to highlight best practice initiatives.

The Master's in Autism and Related Conditions, which is also available at Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate level as well as on a part time basis, is a unique training and development programme leading to a postgraduate qualification for those professionals who are seeking to advance and specialise their knowledge and practice in Autism.

Key Features of the Autism and Related Conditions Programme

In response to the Autism Act (2009), the UK government produced statutory guidance for health, social care and educational organisations, which highlighted the strategic need for staff training at all levels, service planning and the creation of local leadership. Part of this guidance places an emphasis on the need to increase general awareness and specialist training for all professionals involved in the delivery of autism related services.

Key features of the Autism and Related Conditions programme include:

- Innovative and integrated curriculum that reflects the various aspects in the provision of autism services (i.e. clinical, social care and specialist education).
- Flexibility for you to gain specialist knowledge in your respective professions
- People living with Autism are involved in the delivery of the programme
- Teaching is supported by online learning and support
- Strong links with various third sector organisations
- Research informed teaching
- Multiprofessional teaching team with vast experience and expertise in Autism and related conditions
- Choice between a research project or a work based portfolio for the MSc dissertation
- Available as either a full time or part time study

The Autism and Related Conditions programme is modular and structured in three levels, each building on the next. You can elect to take either the full Master's programme or the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, depending on need and circumstances. The programme is designed to allow you to complete either as full time or part time study. For part-time students, each of the three components are scheduled to take a year each to complete.

Who should take this course?

Any health care professionals (medical, nursing and allied health), educators (primary, secondary, FE and HE), social care professionals and psychologists who wish to develop their understanding, skills and leadership in Autism.

Attendance Pattern

Students are required to attend the University for 1 week (5 consecutive days) for each module in Part One (Taught Element). Attendance during Part Two (Dissertation or Portfolio) is negotiated with the supervisor, with a minimum of 4 supervisory meetings. You are also encourage to attend the Postgraduate Taught Induction Event during the induction week and any programme associated seminars.

Modules

Modules on the Autism and Related Conditions may include:

Diagnosis and Assessment of Autism and Related Conditions
Living with Autism and Related Conditions
Critical Appraisal and Evaluation
Data Analysis for Health and Medical Sciences
Management of Autism and Related Conditions
Foundations of Behaviour
Childhood and Adult Services for Autism and Related Conditions
Rights and Responsibilities for Autism and Related Conditions

Additionally, you will be able to choose to complete a research based dissertation or a work based reflective portfolio.‌

Meet our Alumni

Elizabeth Clatworthy was the first person to graduate from the MSc in Autism and Related Conditions course in 2014. She had both a personal and professional reason to be the first person to gain a Master’s degree in a new course that specialises in the study of autism, as she fosters an eight year old boy who has the condition. Elizabeth said: ‘However a five year old boy came to me to be fostered, which resulted in him being placed with me full time. He was non-verbal and had behavioural issues, but now he talks, has learned to manage his own behaviour and now I feel that there is no limit to what he can achieve. This experience led me to apply for my Master’s degree and I have found that my learning has helped me understand more about my foster child, and equally my foster child has helped me gain greater insight into my studies.”

Rhys Jenkins, now aged 24, was diagnosed with Autism when he was 16 years old. He had successfully completed a Law Degree at Cardiff University prior to coming to Swansea University to complete the MSc in Autism and Related Conditions course.

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Introduction

Autism is a developmental disorder diagnosed on the basis of social-communication impairments, and fixated interests and repetitive behaviours. Recent studies estimate that around 1 in every 100 individuals in the UK have autism. Research in autism spectrum disorders is important, not just to understand the causes and symptoms of autism, but to make sure that individuals with autism receive the best possible support.

This MSc in Autism Research is a unique course designed to provide students with an in depth understanding of the autism spectrum. While studying on the course, students will learn about key areas of theory and research in autism, from classification and diagnosis, to socio-cognitive and developmental theories of autism, and interventions.

The course’s innovative approach combines training and teaching in psychological research methods with hands-on experience during a practical placement in an autism-relevant context, and the opportunity to engage in an autism-based research project.

Key information

- Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
- Study methods: Full-time, Part-time
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Catherine Grainger

Bursaries are available: http://www.stir.ac.uk/scholarships/.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Structure and content

Psychology has powerful methods to help better understand the puzzling condition of autism. The course comprises modules designed to provide training in the fundamentals of research methods and how these apply to the study of autism. Our styles of teaching research skills range from explicit hands-on demonstrations of tools, to discussion of different approaches to research.

The modules include:
- Autism Research
- Psychological Research Methods I and II
- Advanced Statistics
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Key Skills for Psychology Researchers
- Research placement

Alternative modules from the other taught MSc courses can also be taken for credit or audit with the agreement of the Course Coordinator.
Approximately half of your time is devoted to a research project, leading to a substantial dissertation.

Delivery and assessment

Delivery is by seminars, lectures, a research placement in a relevant context, and research supervision. Master's students have their own dedicated suite and are integrated into the thriving research culture of the Division.

Why Stirling?

REF2014
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Strengths

Psychology at Stirling is one of the leading psychology departments in the UK. It ranked in the top 20 in the recent research assessment (REF 2014) and is one of only seven non-Russell group universities to do so (Birkbeck, Royal Holloway, Sussex, Essex, St Andrews and Bangor; source Times Higher Education magazine). Its quality of research publications ranked third in Scotland after Aberdeen and Glasgow. Furthermore, the relevance of its research activity to society received the highest possible rating which only four other psychology departments in the UK achieved (REF 2014 results).

Psychology at Stirling University is small enough to fully involve MSc students in our lively and collegial community of research excellence.

Your three month full-time dissertation is supervised by leading UK academics.

Career opportunities

The course is designed for those going on to do further research in autism or as the foundation for a career as an autism professional. The structure of the course includes both a placement and research project, allowing you to develop relevant skills for both research and applied careers.

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The Autism (Adults) programme is a distance learning programme which is studied part-time. It is appropriate for practitioners working with adults across the autism spectrum in a range of services and in both specialist and mainstream environments. Read more
The Autism (Adults) programme is a distance learning programme which is studied part-time. It is appropriate for practitioners working with adults across the autism spectrum in a range of services and in both specialist and mainstream environments. The course draws upon your own experience as a practitioner, and through the set assessments, you will consider how your learning informs your practice.

The University of Birmingham is the leading provider of degree-level education in autistic spectrum disorders in the UK - offering Professional Development courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Our courses develop real insight and encourage reflective practice. You will be tutored by senior practitioners and researchers in the field who work within the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER). You will have access to an extensive library, research materials and a large online community of students in the field of autism. Academic credits and qualifications can be used as a springboard to further study and we accept both vocational and academic qualifications as entry criteria.

The Autism (Adults) distance learning programme aims to provide you with knowledge of the autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome, based on theory, research and practice. You will be taught to consider how autism theory applies to the individuals that you support in their adult lives, and what this should mean for your own practice. Autistic authors and researchers contribute to our study materials, so that you will gain insights into the diversity of the autistic experience, and learn about the range of individual and social barriers that can be experienced. The course will also encourage you think for yourself and use your professional skills to select and research topics of relevance to your own situation.

You will have a personal tutor in a small online or regional tutor group, with study supported through study packs, tutorial groups, telephone, email and the online virtual learning environment network, encouraging you to develop through shared experience (Internet access is required for the programme). There are two compulsory university-based study weekends in the first year - find out more about this in the Learning and Teaching section.

The following awards are offered for this programme.

AdCert (Level H) Three core modules
PGCert (Level M) Three core modules
BPhil (Level H) Three core modules plus one optional module and a 10,000 word dissertation
PGDip (Level M) Three core modules plus three optional modules
MEd (Level M) Three core modules plus two optional modules, PIE and a 15,000 word dissertation

The entry level will depend on your academic qualifications as well as professional experience. Learn more about admission requirements in the School of Education. If you don't already hold a recognised degree, the appropriate level for entry will be the undergraduate level. However, you will have the opportunity to progress through to postgraduate level.

About the School of Education

The School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education with a history of top rated research. In the 2016 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 28th in the World and joint 7th in Europe/UK.
The School employs over 100 academic staff who teach more than 2,500 students. It is home to a number of departments and research centres with a history of top rated research and is an international leader in education.
School of Education ranking:
- Ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
- Ranked 10th in the 2017 Complete University Guide
- In Top 3 for HEI provision in the Good Teacher Training Guide
- Ranked 28th in the World in the 2016 QS World Rankings
- Ranked 9th overall for Research in the 2014 REF (with more than 82% of research rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*).
- Rated 'outstanding' in latest Ofsted inspection (2013) for its Teacher Training programmes
- Ranked third for Education in The Times Good University Guide 2017

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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This programme is designed for anyone wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues relating to special educational needs and inclusion at Master’s level, including practitioners working with children, young people and adults in a range of different contexts. Read more
This programme is designed for anyone wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues relating to special educational needs and inclusion at Master’s level, including practitioners working with children, young people and adults in a range of different contexts. However, some modules may require people to be working in practice. We can also offer bespoke training packages for a variety of settings.

Course content

All the modules are 30 CATs points each, apart from the final Dissertation which is 60 CATs points and is a compulsory module for those aiming for a MA award.

Students can choose from a range of optional modules which provide an opportunity to critically reflect on debates and controversies surrounding the development of inclusive practice in a variety of settings and contexts, national and international and in relation to various individual needs.

Course modules (16/17)

-Promoting Inclusive Practice
-Understanding Dyslexia: Identification, Curriculum & Teaching
-Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders
-Perspectives on Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
-Pupils with Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties 1 and 2
-Key Concepts in Inclusion and Diversity
-Leadership and Management in BESD
-Understanding Multi-Sensory Impairment
-Physical Disabilities: Contexts and Interventions
-Physical Disabilities: Curriculum Issues
-Evaluating Approaches for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
-Organisational based Project
-Research Methods
-Speech, Language and Communication needs
-Theoretical Perspectives on SpLD (Dyslexia) where are we now?
-The National Award for SEN Coordination 1 and 2
-Autism in the Early Years
-Using Standardised Assessments in Educational Settings: Theory and Practice
-Understanding Challenging Behaviour in People with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities
-Promoting EAL Practice (English Additional Learning and Bilingualism in Education)
-Research Thesis
-Dissertation

Students studying for a MA will have to complete a compulsory research project, either the Dissertation on its own, or a Research Thesis and the Research Methods module together.

Methods of Learning

Modules will be taught across three semesters per year through a combination of approaches such as lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, tutorials and independent enquiries. A key strength of our programme is our blended learning approach. This provides the opportunity to learn collaboratively both face to face and online.

Schedule

For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and online activities which is usually 3 hours per week, per module. We recommend students to spend 10 hours per week, per module in self-directed study time.

Students studying in India or Thailand will have block classes for 4-5 days with additional online support.

PG Certificate- one year full time or between one to two years part-time.
PG Diploma- one year full time or between two to three years part-time.
MA – one year full time or between two to four years part-time.

The programme has September and January in-takes for home students and September in-take only for international students.

Assessments

Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to either personal interests or existing professional workloads. Modules are assessed on the basis of essays, case studies, portfolios or reports and small-scale research projects.

Facilities and Special Features

Our integrated learning environment provides access to course materials and to a well-resourced library enabling students to access e-books and electronic journals from home.

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This award is particularly relevant to practitioners and policy makers who are interested in using their prior experience to build an informed picture about inclusion in educational settings. Read more
This award is particularly relevant to practitioners and policy makers who are interested in using their prior experience to build an informed picture about inclusion in educational settings. It’s useful for colleagues who wish to link their current knowledge to a framework that puts human rights at the heart of the debate.

COURSE STRUCTURE

It will draw on research to develop a critical approach to an understanding of inclusive education. There are legal implications, cultural and social aspects which affect the ways the rights of vulnerable learners are achieved and compromised. This can be linked to ethical practice and social justice. Modules will open complex issues for discussion and debate looking at theories, policies and practices that emphasise the development of understanding the needs and entitlement of individuals.

MODULES

There is a choice of optional modules for this award including:

The National Award for Special Educational Needs (SEN) Coordination is a mandatory award for all SENCOs new to post.

Including Vulnerable Learners explores how inclusion is exercised in your own educational setting and how you can become an agent of change.

SEN and Inclusion: Autism Spectrum (Children) is designed for teachers, SENCOs and other professionals working with children and young people on the autism spectrum.

Supporting Learners with Special Educational Needs is designed for practitioners in special schools, schools and early years settings with identified issues relating to specified educational needs.

Children's Services: Supporting Vulnerable Learners will look at the history, theory and practice of multi-agency working.

Other modules include: Identifying and Supporting Learners with SPLD/Dyslexia; Assessment Methodology (SPLD/Dyslexia); and Identifying and Addressing Mathematical Difficulties.

For further information on our optional modules please head to our website: http://www.bathspa.ac.uk, or email

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