Plymouth Institute of Education

PgCert Education: Autism

This programme is a blended part-time course with taught sessions supported by online resources and tutorials. This PgCERT is designed for those who wish to develop an autism specialism relevant to Education or Social Care. The course draws on the Autism Education Trust Competency Framework, the current gold standard across the UK.

Careers with this subject

Students already employed can use this programme to develop their professional knowledge. Those progressing from undergraduate studies are able to develop specialist knowledge and enhance their  professional learning for their future career. After completion, students may progress on to masters and doctoral study.

Key features
  • 6 Join this PgCert and network with practitioners from a range of contexts
  • A Learn from a team with respected reputations in autism: education, social care and intervention
  • @ Discuss your own contexts and professional needs in individual and group tutorials
  • A Engage in eight full-day face-to-face sessions with 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 practice, understanding and intervention
  • 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

  • The approach is designed to allow you the opportunity to learn about the theory and practice of autism in the educational and social care context. The programme is taught face to face but also provides  a series of blended learning tasks which build to support the research, writing and final submission process. There is also an assessment submission based on the Autism Education Trust's competency outcomes. The competency framework assesses work-based policy and practice, and provides a professional practice-based outcome, in addition to the academic award. This is a very discursive and flexible course with lots of support for those returning to study. The assignments allow you to choose a research focus relevant to your own work. You are supported academically through module sessions and personal tutor guidance.

    Core modules

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

      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.

    • Autism: Strategies and Interventions (MAUT702)

      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 Education: Autism Programme Specification 2021 22 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 of 2:2 or above (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.

English language requirements.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2022-2023 2023-2024
Home N/A N/A
International N/A N/A
Part time (Home) £500 £510
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. More information about fees and funding.
How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.