Plymouth Institute of Education

PgCert Education: Autism

Involve yourself in practice-related research and professional development with our PgCert Education: Autism. Relevant to all phases of education including post-16 education, the programme is designed to make it theoretically and practically relevant for educational practitioners. It continues the established relationship between University of Plymouth, REACCHSW (Autism South West), and Plymouth Local Authority (Communication and Interaction Team).

Key features

  • 6 Join a level 7 Postgraduate Certificate programme and network with practitioners from a range of contexts
  • A Learn from a team with respected reputations in autism: education
  • @ Discuss your own contexts and professional needs in individual and group tutorials
  • A Engage in eight full day face to face sessions and through blended learning tasks and activities carried out between sessions
  • 3 Explore approaches within a community of learners which supports academic thinking and writing
  • ? Benefit from a range of teaching and learning approaches, with flexible study patterns
  • b Improve your knowledge, professionalism, and acquire the ability to analyse your own policy and practice
  • 6 Extend your professional confidence and decision making within an ethical framework
  • A Experience actual case studies from those who experience autism
  • " Focus on your research interests and needs, within a professionally useful, and academically rigorous learning environment

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Normally completed in one year, this programme is designed to allow you the opportunity to learn about the theory and practice of autism. You will be taught face to face, using blended learning tasks to support the submission process. There is an optional assessment submission based on the Autism Education Trust’s competency outcomes. The assignments allow you to choose a research focus relevant to your own work.

    Core modules
    • MAUT701 Autism: Perspectives and Contexts; Understanding Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)

      This module explores a range of issues related to the assessment, diagnosis, management and education of children with autistic spectrum conditions (autism). It aims to examine autism from different perspectives. The four key areas of difficulty, (previously the triad of impairment) will be explored and used to examine the implications for individual and school practices. The module will critically examine different teaching and learning approaches. The role of parents and other professionals will be considered.

    • MAUT702 Autism: Strategies and Interventions

      This module investigates the impact of the four key areas of difficulty, (previously the triad of impairment) associated with autism on behaviour and thinking skills. It critically examines the relationship between ASC/autism and the educational and therapeutic interventions which have developed. The module considers where and how specific interventions relate to generic approaches and how they can be drawn upon to provide effective teaching and learning in inclusive settings.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

PGCert in Autism Programme Specification 2018 19 5828

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements


An undergraduate degree (e.g. BA, BSc, BEd) or an appropriate equivalent qualification/and or professional experience.


Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU To be confirmed To be confirmed
International To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £550 £550
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.