Taught course


Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this programme is normally a first degree of at least an upper second class honours and/or a Masters degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent. A relevant professional qualification

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is to help professionals and carers develop their knowledge of the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, the needs arising from these and the different approaches to meeting these, particularly through teaching and learning. Education is the key treatment option for all on the autism spectrum. The course seeks to engage a mixed group that includes parents, carers, teachers, nurses, speech therapists, service managers and other staff whose job involves working in this field, whether in mainstream or specialist settings.

This postgraduate programme offers experienced teachers and other professionals an opportunity to:
- explore and discuss current educational developments in relation to the needs of children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders
- develop structures for the dissemination of good practice in the education, care and support of children and adults.

A major emphasis of the programme will be the application and analysis of appropriate professional knowledge for teaching and life long learning, including critical analysis of good practice as outlined in current Government reports. Students on the programme will have opportunities to further their understanding of autism and will be encouraged to develop knowledge and skills which will enable them to reflect critically on current practice, particularly their own, and to analyse their work for pivotal teaching or intervention points which will support their development.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


part time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 243 7900