Understanding Autism Level 2

What is autism?

Autism is part of a range of related developing disorders known as autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). They begin in childhood and last through adulthood.


Why should I study this qualification?

This course will develop your 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.


Course structure & content

Attendance is 2-hours a week for 20 weeks and this course includes the following units:

Level 2

Unit 1 Introduction to autism

Unit 2 Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism

Unit 3 Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism

Unit 4 Sensory processing, perception, and cognition in individuals with autism

Unit 5 Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism

Unit 6 Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives


On starting the course, you will complete initial assessments in literacy and numeracy to determine your current ability. This will enable your tutor to meet your individual learning needs and provide additional support if necessary. With guidance and encouragement from your tutor you will take part in a range of written and practical activities.


How will I be assessed?

Your tutor will assess you on specific written and practical tasks and with support and guidance you will prepare a portfolio of evidence. This will include the work you have completed throughout the course and will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the subject. Your portfolio must be submitted at the end of the course to gain the qualification.


Course commitment

In addition to attending a 2-hour session each week you should allow 2- 3 hours a week for further study. It is essential that you aim to achieve 100% attendance to cover the specific course criteria.  Level 2 and level 3 Understanding Autism are also offered as distance learning.


Entry requirements

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification.


Progression routes

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:


NCFE Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator)

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England

Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support

Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support

It may also be useful to learners studying qualifications in the following sectors:



Social care



Early Years


Course fee


The fee for this course is TBC.


You will not be expected to pay a course fee if any of the following applies to you:

You are aged 16-18.

You are aged 19-23 and studying for your first full Level 2 qualification.

You are studying for your first full Level 3 qualification.

You are in receipt of one of the following benefits:

Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)

Employment Support Allowance (ESA)

Universal Credit.

You are in receipt of one of the following benefits and you are currently unemployed and looking to gain skills that will help you enter into employment:


Income Support

Housing Benefit

Council Tax Benefit (not single person’s payment)

Working Tax Credit (but not in employment).

Please note that evidence of benefits must be provided at enrolment, and you will also need your N.I Number and a form of I.D (passport, driving license, birth certificate or utility bill).


Further information

For further information and guidance please call us on 01287 280800.