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  • Study Type

    Part time available

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  • Start Date

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  • Course Duration

    Part time 1 year

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    02 August 2017

Course content

This course is suitable if you are an individual with autism or Asperger Syndrome or a parent, teacher, clinician or professional associated with people with autism and Asperger Syndrome.

It gives you an in-depth understanding of what autism is and delves into many of the associated issues across the age ranges. It gives you an insight into some of the ways of developing appropriate support for individuals, as described by autistic individuals themselves, as well as investigating how to develop appropriate professional practice across all disciplines.

You explore some of the specific cognitive differences as well as sensory perceptual profiles and experiences in autism and Asperger Syndrome. Forensic issues are examined as well as reasons behind why individuals may be vulnerable in a variety of ways, and how risk of vulnerability might be reduced.

You are provided with an in depth exploration of the main autism theories, with alternative perspectives identified with supporting rationale. The course is deeply embedded in an inclusive model, and embraces the social model of disability; as such, the notions of inclusion, models of disability, and what it means to be autistic in the modern age are all explored within the course. You are given the opportunity to discuss these perspectives in your own writing.

You are given the opportunity to explore and critique current autism practice as related to your circumstances - personal, professional, or both.

The course is designed to be applicable to a wide range of students from all professional and personal backgrounds. 

Course structure

Part-time – typically one year

The course is delivered on rotation at different locations around the UK. Call us to find out the location of the next course.

Your studies are part taught and part online learning with online tutor support.

Two cohorts per year - see National Autistic Society website for details


  • Autism and Asperger Syndrome and misconceptions related to the spectrum
  • critical reflection on autism theory • sensory processing
  • ethical considerations
  • social behaviour
  • communication
  • cognitive differences
  • relationships
  • high risk and offending behaviour
  • diagnosis
  • implications of autism policy on current practice.

Included on the course are individuals on the spectrum who present on their lived experiences, and on their academic research in the autism field.


Autism and Asperger syndrome module one – 6,000 word assignment

Autism in practice module two – 6,000 word assignment(alternative forms of assessment may be available to suit differing learning needs)


This course can help you gain a better understanding of autism and Asperger Syndrome within a working context such as teaching or a clinical environment, representing continuing professional development in these specialties.

As an individual with autism or Asperger Syndrome this course can help you better understand yourself, offering you potential opportunities to develop in your career and other areas of your life.

The aim of the course is to bridge the gap between theory and practice, and to critique models of autism and modes of practice that may be deemed as disabling and exclusionary. Many students report that as a result their perspective of autism has changed considerably.

Visit the Autism and Asperger Syndrome PgCert page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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