Taught course

Social Sciences (Critical Autism Studies)

Edge Hill University · Department of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject such as social sciences or other human sciences. It may be possible to join the programme without a degree if you are in full-time employment, have a minimum of five years' work experience, and can demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development through a portfolio and written statement. Applications are particularly welcomed from 'experts by experience', including autistic people and the family or carers of those with autism. An interview will form part of the selection process if you do not meet the degree requirements outlined above.

Months of entry


Course content

This postgraduate certificate provides you with specialist training in critical autism studies within an interdisciplinary department. You will acquire a range of perspectives on autism in order to appreciate the ways in which discourses of autism shape autistic people’s lived experiences. A key focus of the programme will be service provision and support for autistic people. Tracing the development of autism interventions, as well as engaging with current debates in policy and practice, you will develop critical study skills and a detailed understanding of contemporary autism practice. The programme is particularly suitable for professionals, teachers, support workers, recent graduates and those working with autistic people, providing the opportunity for continuing professional development to enhance your employability. We particularly welcome applications from 'experts by experience', including those with autism, as well as family members or carers of those with autistic spectrum conditions.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for full-time study on this Postgraduate Certificate are: £1,800 for UK and EU students and £4,500 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21; £1,860 for UK and EU students and £4,620 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    3 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


You will be assessed through a combination of reports and essays and encouraged to draw and reflect on your experiences, whether gained through employment or as an 'expert by experience'. There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Course contact details

+44(0)1695 575171