Taught course

Autism (Children)

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants normally require a degree (or a professional qualification plus an advanced qualification), plus at least two years' relevant postgraduate experience.

Months of entry


Course content

These Autism (Children) programmes, approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Continuing Professional Development scheme, are designed for professionals working with children and young people on the autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome. They are appropriate for those working in early years provision, schools, residential care, advisory, support or therapeutic services. The programmes draw on the student’s own experience as part of the content and assessment. They are offered as either taught courses on a full- or part-time basis, or as a part-time course via distance learning.

Distance Learning programmes

Students can study these programmes on a part-time basis from anywhere in the UK or internationally (if they have access to the Internet). Each distance learning student has a personal tutor in a regional or online tutor group and learning is supported through paper-based study packs, tutorial groups, telephone, email and online WebCT contact, which encourages students to share experience. There are two University-based study weekends in September and April at the University of Birmingham in the first year and for those students going on to a second year of study.

Three compulsory modules are studied in the first year and they lead to the award of AdCert (Undergraduate level)or PGCert (Masters Level). For students wishing to gain a PGDip, three more modules from autism or from another field of study are studied in the second year. For students wishing to gain a BPhil or MEd, further modules in autism and/or other fields are studied and a dissertation submitted. The dissertation must be in the area of autism.

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If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at www.international.birmingham.ac.uk/scholarships

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months
part time
12 months


distance learning
12-48 months
full time
12 months
part time
24-48 months


distance learning
12-72 months
full time
12 months
part time
36-72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005