Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism

Interested in working in the health and social care or education sector? This health and social care level 3 course is ideal if you wish to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism which would support your progression into employment in the health and social care or education sector.

Today, over 700,000 people in the UK are autistic, meaning that 2.8m people have a relative on the autism spectrum. The condition affects people of all ages and while it is incurable, the right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people's lives.

Whether you are looking to progress your career; have a family member, friend or colleague with autism; or would just like to increase your knowledge and help raise awareness, this qualification is perfect for you.

Upon completion of this course, you could progress on to one of our other health and social care level 3 courses, such as the Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health.


Key features:

Learn from your own home, in your own time

One to one Tutor support available via phone or email

Your own designated Learner Support Advisor to help you throughout the course

(Please see the 'Benefits' tab below to see our full list of features)


Payment options available:

Full payment

Interest-free direct debit plans (can be tailored to suit you)

Advanced Learner Loan


Unit 1: Autism in context

In this unit, you will cover the historical context of autism, the diagnosis and characteristics of autism, the legislative framework applicable to autism, and how autism is represented in society.

Unit 2: Positive behavioural support for individuals with autism

This unit covers behaviour within the context of autism and how to promote an autism-friendly environment. You will also learn about how to promote individual positive behavioural support and the interventions that are used in behavioural support.

Unit 3: Understand support and management of transitions for individuals with autism

In this unit, you will learn about how transitions can affect people with autism, how to support young people with autism to make the transition into adulthood, and how to support individuals with autism into employment.

Unit 4: Therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions

This unit covers the range of therapeutic interventions available to individuals with autism. You will also learn about the services available to individuals with autism and their families, and co-occurring conditions and their treatments.

Unit 5: Communication and social interaction with individuals with autism

In this unit, you will learn about the differences in social interactions and communications associated with autism, how communication can be adapted to support positive interactions and communication with individuals with autism, and a range of strategies and aids used to support communication and social interaction for individuals with autism.

Unit 6: Safeguarding and resilience in autism

In the final unit of this course, you will learn how to raise concerns about potential or actual harm, abuse or exploitation, how to support the health, safety and well-being of individuals, how the legislative framework safeguards children, young people and adults with autism, and about how and when restrictive practices might be used within legal guidelines.

The benefits of this course include:

  • Learn from your own home, in your own time
  • Access to award-winning learning and assessment materials
  • 1:1 Tutor support available via phone or email
  • Your own designated Learner Support Advisor to help you throughout the course
  • Boost your earning potential
  • Interest-free direct debit plans available which can be tailored to suit you
  • Advanced Learner Loans available (contact us to find out more)
  • Achieve a nationally recognised level 3 qualification which is equivalent to an A level qualification
  • Funding available – speak to one of our team for more information and to see if you are eligible.

This qualification could assist you in gaining the following employment opportunities and potential salaries:

Care Worker – up to £20,000

Care Home Manager – up to £27,500

Key Information

Full Cost Price £450.00
Course Length 20 weeks
Awarding Body TQUK
Course Level Level 3
Learning Method(s)

Online learning
materials with
online assessment