Taught course

Understanding Autism & Inclusive Learning - Online (PGCert)

Liverpool Hope University · Education

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline (applications from participants who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent), but have appropriate professional experience will be considered).

Professionals starting the module will predominately be working in mainstream state and independent school settings and further education settings. This programme of study is not suitable for professionals working in specialist settings.

Applicants must have a minimum of one year’s professional experience in teaching or experience supporting learners of a school age (19 years or under).

Consideration may also be made for applicants with appropriate professional educational experience in another phase of education; a letter, on headed paper, from the applicant’s line manager stating they have completed an academic year of full or part time professional activity in that institution will be required,

International Entry Requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum of all components. In addition to this, we also accept a wide range of International Qualifications, for more information please visit our English Language Requirements page.

For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages.

Months of entry


Course content


The aim of this Postgraduate Certificate is to enable practitioners to develop the knowledge and understanding of inclusive practice and Autism so they can successfully reflect upon practice in their settings and reduce barriers to participation and learning for children and young people with autism. This course reflects on a range of theories and relates them to the lived experiences of autistic children and young people. A valuable qualification for those interested in the autism field, this is a part-time course specifically designed for professionals working with children and young people in mainstream settings under the age of 19.

Course Aims

- Develop a knowledge and understanding of ASD and current theoretical perspectives and critically engage with literature and research.

- Develop a critical appreciation of how children/young people with ASD experience the world and reflect on ways in which to support them.

- Explore barriers to communication and socialisation and develop understanding of how to support teaching and learning for children/ young people with ASD

- Develop a knowledge and understanding of current statutory legislation on ASD and reflect on its role in supporting children/young people and their families/carers and the importance of collaborative partnerships and multidisciplinary agencies.

- Understanding of how to apply pedagogical models to practitioners’ teaching and learning practice to support students with ASD.

- Knowledge and understanding of how the learning environment and whole educational community impact on the learning and behaviours of children and young people with ASD and application of this to practitioner’s own context.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The PLD Team
0151 291 3061/3834