Understanding Autism Level 3


About Our Course Are you a parent of a child with autism and wish to learn more about the condition so you can provide them with the best possible care? Or are you a Teaching Assistant considering expanding your specialism so you can lend your support to students with special needs? No matter the reason […]

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About Our Course

Are you a parent of a child with autism and wish to learn more about the condition so you can provide them with the best possible care? Or are you a Teaching Assistant considering expanding your specialism so you can lend your support to students with special needs?

No matter the reason for your interest, our Understanding Autism Level 3 course can provide you with an insightful view into how autism is identified and diagnosed so you are better equipped to promote good health, social inclusion and communication.

In just one year – and 100 hours of study – you can explore the key features of autism (in terms of ‘the triad of impairments’), and will be able to: understand and identify disorders (which commonly accompany autism); will appreciate that autism is a spectrum disorder that affects every individual differently, and will be equipped to support the day to day functions of those in your care.

In other words, you’ll be in a position to help them overcome the numerous difficulties that impact on their ability to engage, and instead will provide them with a space in which they are able to flourish.

This home based course is truly an asset to parents and teachers working with children with autism, as it covers everything that you need in order to create an environment that feels safe and comforting. When faced with a world that is loud and overwhelming, you can offer them a real chance to escape the noise and deal with symptoms of sensory processing disorder with ease.

More importantly, you can add this course to your arsenal and complete it from the comfort of your own home. There is no need to attend any classes as all of your course materials will be sent straight to your home (by mail or by email), making it easy for you to achieve a healthy work-study balance.

Whether you prefer to study late at night or can only fit your reading in during your lunch break; you can mould this course to work around your current commitments and study at a pace that is right for you.

Course Benefits

This 6 unit course is ideal for teachers and parents alike, as it can provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge to work from, when supporting children with autism. By understanding key legislations and policies, and the problems they face with discrimination, bullying and lack of opportunities; you can turn this situation around and ensure that those in your care receive the support and understanding that they deserve.

In turn, through the use of our written assignments, you will be able to actively test your theoretical knowledge and achieve a level of comprehension and competency that is certain to make a credible difference to their lives.

This course will:

  • Equip you with the knowledge to understand and better assist children with autism – both in and outside of the classroom.
  • Enable you to study when, where and how you want, and at a pace that is right for you – no classrooms, no exams, no strict deadlines – you will remain in full control of how you learn.
  • Help you to achieve a healthy work-study balance – you can study free of pressure and whenever is best for you.
  • Broaden your career opportunities and teaching credentials.
  • Expand your understanding of autism and the impact it can have on their lives.
  • Provide you with real and transferable skills that you can apply into all elements of your life – both as a parent or as a teacher.


Unit 1: Introduction to Autism

  • The triad of impairments
  • Communication and social interaction
  • Repetitive and obsessive behaviour
  • Diagnosis
  • Effects

Unit 2: Supporting individuals with Communication, Social Interaction and Behaviour

  • Legislation
  • Formal and informal networks
  • Communication and social reaction
  • Managing behaviour

Unit 3: Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Five key senses
  • The vestibular system’
  • Proprioception

Unit 4: Identifying and understanding other conditions associated with autism

  • Conditions
  • Supporting individuals

Unit 5: Supporting individuals with autism to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle

  • Poor health
  • Social exclusion
  • Develop plans
  • Social inclusion
  • Safeguarding

Unit 6: The importance of person-centred values in supporting individuals with autism

  • Person-centred values
  • Person-centred practice


This course is assessed using a series of written assignments that are designed to test your knowledge and comprehension of the course syllabus. These will need to be submitted to your personal tutor for marking, whereupon they will provide you with valuable advice and feedback. No external examinations are required.

Required Knowledge

No prior knowledge or experience in this subject is needed in order to enrol onto this course; however being in possession of a good standard of English (level 2) could prove beneficial to your studies.

Awarding Body

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that OSC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by OSC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.

ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


We may specialise in the provision of home based courses; however from day one we will endeavour to go above and beyond to maximise your learning potential. From our comprehensive study guides and course materials, to the continuous support of our personal tutors; you can harness their years of industry knowledge and expertise, and use it to inform your studies.

Our personal tutors are experts in their field, and are readily available to advise, guide and mentor your studies so you achieve optimum results.

Our student support team are similarly just a click away, ensuring that you are never left long waiting for a response to your questions. No matter the query you can trust that our team will always be on hand to help.


Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from VAT, tutoring to certification
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+)
  • We are rated 5/5 for our service on Trustpilot!
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
  • All courses are fully accredited by Ofqual regulated awarding bodies
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

This is a fully endorsed qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual regulated awarding body.

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 12 month period.

Unlike other providers, there are no credit checks or application forms to complete during enrolment.

Finance is provided directly via Association of Learning. To meet the criteria you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment is not up to scratch you can re-try as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.

No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

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