Taught course

Autism (Adults)

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

Level Three: A professional qualification involving at least two years' of study in higher education, PLUS at least two years' post-qualification working in a professional capacity, or a degree plus two years' postgraduate relevant experience. Level M: A degree (or a professional qualification plus an advanced qualification), PLUS at least two years' postgraduate relevant experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a distance learning programme for practitioners working with adults across the autism spectrum within colleges, residential care, vocational or support services. It is studied part-time and draws upon each student’s own experience as part of the content and assessment. It is appropriate for those working in schools, residential care, support or therapeutic services.

The programme is offered by distance learning. You will have a personal tutor in a regional or online tutor group, with study supported through study packs, tutorial groups, telephone, email and online WebCT contact, encouraging you to develop through shared experience. Internet access is required for the programme. There are two University-based study weekends in the first year.

The programme aims to provide you with the knowledge of the autism spectrum disorder, including Asperger syndrome, based on theory, research and practice. As a result, you are then able to interpret that knowledge for the support and education of adults with autism throughout the range of ability and in different settings. You will also develop skills in identifying and meeting the needs of adults with autism, and to improve your awareness of different approaches and models of service delivery. It gives a broad coverage, encouraging students to think for themselves and use their professional skills to select and research topics of relevance to their own situation.

There are three compulsory modules in order to get an Autism (Adults) qualification, and, in qualifications where a dissertation is involved this also must be in the area of Autism (Adults).

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
24-72 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005