Certificate in Understanding Autism Level 2







FUNDING: This course maybe funded/co funded under the Adult Education Budget. Please contact us to see if you are eligible.

Who is this course suitable for?

This qualification aims to develop learners’ understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism - covering the person-centred approach and influence of positive communication methods, how to support positive behaviour, and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

This qualification is designed for learners who wishes to develop an understanding of autism and how to support individuals with autism.

It’s useful for those who provide direct support and those working in sectors such as:

  • Health Care
  • Social Care
  • Leisure & Entertainment
  • Education & Training
  • Nursing

This qualification aims to help you

To be awarded the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism, learners are required to successfully complete six mandatory units.

Unit 01 Introduction to autism

This unit introduces autism, covering what is meant by ‘autism’, theories and diagnosis. You will look at common misconceptions associated with autism and conditions that can co-occur with autism.Unit 02 Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism

This unit covers using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism, incorporating the preferences and needs of the individual. We will look at legislation and guidance, and the support networks available to individuals and their families.

Unit 03 Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism

This unit covers the potential delays and difficulties in speech, language, and social development sometimes faced by individuals with autism. It also covers methods and strategies that could be used when communicating with an individual with autism.

Unit 04 Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism

In this unit you will gain an understanding of sensory processing, perception, and cognition in individuals with autism - including looking at hypersensitivity and hyposensitivity. You will also consider how to the support the sensory needs of individuals with autism.

Unit 05 Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism

Through this unit you will understand individuals’ behaviours in the context of autism. We’ll also look at how to support positive behaviour and help individuals to develop coping strategies.

Unit 06 Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives

This unit covers how to support individuals through transitions and life events, how to maintain their personal safety, and how to access services, facilities and employment opportunities. You will also gain an understanding of what it’s like for an individual to live with autism.




Understanding Autism

Qualification Level

Level 2 Certificate

Awarding organisation

CACHE ncfe

Instruction language


Qualification Duration

152 Guided Learning Hours



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