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MA/PgDip/PgCert Autism Spectrum

Course Description

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.

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.

Visit the MA/PgDip/PgCert Autism Spectrum page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Typically a degree or equivalent and an interest in the autism spectrum. If English is not your first language, you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in reading and 6.5 in writing. We may invite you to take part in a face to face or telephone interview to ensure your spoken language skills meet the requirements for working with learners in an educational setting or context.

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