Taught course

Autism Practice

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.2 and above. However, applicants with non-standard entry requirements are considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is consistent with the philosophy and criteria set out in the Autism Act (2009) and Autism Strategy (2010). The philosophy and outcomes of this programme also have consistency with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence - NICE (2012) Guidelines on Autism.

The overall aims of the programme are to:

  • facilitate the acquisition of substantial knowledge and skills appropriate to postgraduate study and the integration of the advanced knowledge and skills related to autism practice
  • develop the skills and attitudes necessary to promote evidence-based practice and research in the area of autism practice
  • develop a critical understanding of the necessary research methodologies to locate and critically appraise research in order to advance practice when working with people with autism spectrum conditions
  • foster a commitment to lifelong learning, and an inquisitive approach to practice.

What you study

The programme enables students to focus on the person-centred support of service users and apply supportive interventions and strategies in ways that build upon previous study and employment/practice experiences. Students are prepared to conduct research that is linked to the field of autism practice and to advance their knowledge and understanding of autism spectrum conditions, enabling them to develop their knowledge of the discipline of specialist autism practice. Students are enabled to apply theories and constructs related to autism in a workplace setting in order to make sense of complex situations and enhance their skills development through action or problem-based projects and practical experience.

The programme facilitates the development of leading change and service improvement, developing services to meet diverse needs of people with autism underpinned by a sound ethical framework.

How you learn

This programme uses e-learning as a key resource to enhance your learning and support. You use the virtual learning environment, e-learning@tees for all the modules. We provide links to other useful online resources and web-based interactive activities related to autism. You also learn through discussion boards remotely from your home or at your practice placement site. You also learn through keynote lectures, seminars, case-study and scenario-based discussions and critical incident analyses in the form of group work which will enhance your learning and provide support for the modular assessment. We use debate and argument to stimulate you to be active participants in your reflective and learning process. There is emphasis on research-informed teaching and the programme team includes members with research experience.

How you are assessed

Each module carries an assessed element which is integrated with the learning outcomes of the module and the award, and requires a critical appreciation of the subject matter and its implications for practice. Your work is assessed in the form of essays, case studies, project work and a final dissertation.

Professional placement

You are required to work in a practice setting for this programme.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities includes a range of services in health and social care settings where individuals with autism require support.

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Creative work20
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0) 1642 384176