Taught course

Autism Practice

Institution
Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care
Qualifications
PGDip

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.2 and above in a related field, however, applicants with non-standard entry requirements are considered on an individual basis. You must also show evidence of recent study.

Months of entry

October

Course content

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

  • facilitates your acquisition of substantial knowledge and skills appropriate to postgraduate study and the integration of the advanced knowledge and skills related to autism practice
  • develops the skills and attitudes necessary for you to promote evidence-based practice in the area of autism practice
  • develops your 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
  • fosters a commitment to lifelong learning, and an inquisitive approach to practice.

You 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. You advance your knowledge and understanding of autism spectrum conditions, enabling you to develop your knowledge of the discipline of specialist autism practice. You apply theories and constructs related to autism in a workplace setting in order to make sense of complex situations and enhance your skills development through action or problem-based projects and practical experience.

What you study

You 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. You advance your knowledge and understanding of autism spectrum conditions, enabling you to develop your knowledge of the discipline of specialist autism practice. You apply theories and constructs related to autism in a workplace setting in order to make sense of complex situations and enhance your skills development through action or problem-based projects and practical experience.

The course 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 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 award. It requires a critical appreciation of the subject matter and its implications for practice. The work is assessed through essays, case studies and project work.

Professional placement

You must work in a practice setting for this programme within your own area of employment.

Career opportunities

Graduates are able to work in 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

PGDip

part time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Creative work50

Course contact details

Name
School of Health & Social Care Admissions
Email
sohscadmissions@tees.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1642 384176