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    14 February 2018

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Our Autism postgraduate certificate is designed to support your career progression, increase your subject knowledge and help you to make a direct difference to your school and students. Modules on offer will benefit you if you work in professional or voluntary education and training, and want to enhance your skills and knowledge.

The Autism PGCert is a stand-alone qualification and counts as one-third of a master’s degree.

This course is suitable if you are a mainstream teacher or working in learning support, responsible for supporting children with autism and wishing to deepen your knowledge and develop your career progression.

Flexible work-based learning enables you to fit studying around your existing work or voluntary commitments.

Teaching and mentoring is delivered by a successful teaching team with an outstanding national reputation and comprehensive research profile that informs and advances course content.

Course structure

The PGCert is a one-year part-time programme. You will undertake three 20-credit modules combining academic study with work-based action learning and action research. Your day-to-day professional activity will shape your development through reflection and peer discussion.

The course is designed to fit in with your working patterns and usually includes twilight and Saturday sessions.

All the specialist PGCerts are offered at Falmer campus subject to meeting the minimum numbers of participants. They can also be offered off site to an organisation, school or a cluster of schools.

Areas of study

You will deepen your understanding beyond a more practical ‘hints and tips’ approach which will enable you to link study to the priorities of your educational setting.

This programme will focus on the following areas of study:

  • developing knowledge of the theoretical basis of contemporary approaches to autism and practical application of this learning through exploration of your work with learners with autism
  • consideration of the historical perspective, exploring some of the latest research on autism. There will be an explanation of the diagnostic criteria for autism
  • exploration of communication skills focusing on development of language and the use of signs and symbols, sensory perception and difficulties, challenging behaviour and social relationships
  • developing techniques required to study at masters level.

The programme will enable you as a practitioner to:

  • extend and enhance your current practice
  • gain knowledge of current thinking in the understanding of autism
  • develop frameworks for understanding the range of issues surrounding working with learners with autism
  • increase your confidence and effectiveness in supporting learners with autism
  • learn how to implement change in a range of policy contexts
  • develop your capacity for masters level study
  • develop lasting support networks and share knowledge with other professionals and the university’s postgraduate community
  • gain credits towards an MA Education.


Engaging in Professional Practice

This module is designed to facilitate postgraduate study. The emphasis is on developing critical thinking and approaches to learning. You will explore your understanding of autism and consider strategies to address your own professional learning and development needs.

Reflective Practice

This module looks at the historical perspective and introduces current research on autism providing an insight into the impact it can have on the child. A variety of strategies and interventions will be considered in the light of research into good practice in autism education.

Case study

This module provides you with an opportunity to apply the learning from module 2 in order to facilitate positive change in your professional practice. You will undertake a case study of an individual learner and plan a series of interventions to support the learner’s needs. This will require you to identify, explore and develop theoretical and reflective understanding of the issues presented; consider solutions and implement and evaluate changes made.

Careers and employability

Our Autism PGCert is designed to support your career progression, increase your subject knowledge and help you to make a direct difference to your school and students.

Graduates of the course are well placed to take on subject development and leadership positions.

Visit the Autism (PGCert) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!




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