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Postgraduate Certificate: Autism Education 

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1 Year Part Time

Top 10
UK university for Education
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5 Star
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Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A good honours degree (2.2 or above)

For 2021/22 fee information please see our Tuition Fee page.

Course content

Course overview

This Postgraduate Certificate has been designed for those interested in gaining accreditation and specialist knowledge in the education of children and adults on the autism spectrum.  Through critical debate it explores the current understanding of autism and evaluates how theory and research has been applied to educational provision and practices.

Why this degree?

The education of children and young adults on the autism spectrum has been a key area for development on government agendas and in local authority education policies.  As educationalists we need to rethink how children and young adults on the autism spectrum are learning in inclusive classrooms, how we recognise their skills and abilities and create opportunities for them to have a say in how they learn.

Learn more:

For further information or questions you may have, please get in touch with us:

Sharon Robinson, Programme Administrator   

Diana Seach, Programme Coordinator 

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Support and Information Zone (SIZ)

Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone to help with any enquiries, over 80 open access work stations and Costa Coffee.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans.

Teaching resources

Our teaching spaces range from modern, purpose-built classrooms to a beautiful historic Grade I listed building so we can provide the learning experiences you need. We have collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement.

The local area

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Visit us

Book a Campus Tour to discover the Bognor Regis campus and the facilities it has to offer. 

Where this can take you

Career possibilities:

There is the potential that this PGCert will contribute to you applying for a specialist role working with autistic children and young adults.

Further study:

60 credits gained with this PGCert can go towards the completion of the MA Inclusive Special Education 

Indicative modules


This module will have a strong focus on current debates and research relevant to:

  • an overview of the historical concept of autism;
  • the neurobiology of autism; learning and development; neurodiversity, difference or deficit?;
  • autism in girls;
  • autism and ethnicity;
  • sensory integration;
  • empathy and anxiety;
  • family response to diagnosis;
  • an introduction to research methodologies and critical writing skills.

The module will encourage you to gain insights into the diversity of autistic people’s experiences and will be led by experts with personal, practitioner and academic experience of autism. You  will have an opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills by relating their personal and/or professional experience and the assignments to your workplace.


This module explores current understanding about teaching pupils and adults on the autism spectrum across the age range (0 – 25 years) and evaluates approaches to teaching and learning that promote inclusive practice. Topics will include:

  • developing communication through play and the creative arts;
  • creating inclusive classrooms;
  • working together with parent carers;
  • personalising learning;
  • enabling the pupil/adult voice;
  • the ethics of autism treatments and interventions;
  • assessing progress and achievement;
  • therapeutic interventions;
  • transition planning;  
  • planning and implementing research in the workplace and leading practice for change.

The module will encourage you to develop your knowledge and skills and gain insights into the diversity of individual’s experiences in different educational settings by related your personal and/or professional experience and the assignments to your workplace.

* If you are a teaching school alliance or a multi-academy trust wanting to focus on Autism Education as a specific initiative or area of development, we will be happy to discuss this with you. 


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Teaching and assessment


The course is based at the Bognor Regis Campus. Taught sessions will take place on alternate Tuesday evenings and one Saturday in each semester.

The MA Inclusive Special Education can normally be completed in three years on a part-time basis as follows: two years (four semesters) with one module per semester, plus a further year (two semesters) for the Dissertation. Take a look at our semester dates.


Assessments equate to 6,000 words for each 30 credit module. Each module has a distinct criteria for each assessment based on the modules core content. You will be encouraged to complete assignments that are linked to your workplace practice and personal interest. Assessed work  typically includes oral presentations,  case studies, observational studies, literature reviews and action research.

Meet our experts:

Our programmes are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their profiles to see who could be teaching you. 

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Are you interested in this course but you’d like some more information? Get in touch and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.