Taught course

Autism Spectrum (Webautism) University Certificate

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

  • We normally expect a minimum of one year’s current experience of working or supporting someone on the autism spectrum
  • Access to an online multimedia computer and a personal email is essential (at home, or an out-of-hours workplace)

Months of entry


Course content

The Autism Spectrum (Webautism) distance learning programme is a web-based part-time, distance learning programme completed over a year of study, earning 60 credits at Level C (equivalent to the first six months of an undergraduate degree). It is an entry level course aimed towards practitioners who support children and adults on the autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome. Learning support assistants, support staff and parents will find the programme particularly helpful.

The University of Birmingham is a leading provider of degree-level education in autistic spectrum disorders in the UK. Our courses develop real insight and encourage reflective practice. You will be tutored by recognized experts in the field who work in the Autism Centre for Education and Research (ACER) and will have access to an extensive library and research materials as well as benefiting from other activities such as online seminars. Academic credits and qualifications can be used as a springboard to further study.

This Autism Spectrum (Webautism) programme is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the autism spectrum, an introduction to the latest research and an insight into current practice. It will prepare both practitioners and parents to draw upon recognised strategies for meeting the needs of individuals with autism in a variety of settings such as in the home, classroom, college, or supported living environments.

By studying at a distance, you will be able to tailor your studies to meet your professional and/or personal needs. There are many benefits to using electronic resources for distance learning programmes. It enables you to be in touch with a variety of students in all sorts of places, cheaply and efficiently as well as giving you access to a vast range of resources for learning.

Each student will have a personal tutor for online tutorial meetings along with others in your tutorial group. Learning is supported through web and paper-based study packs, tutorial groups, telephone, email and online contact through our dedicated virtual learning environment (VLE) which encourages you to develop through shared experience. More details may be found in the Learning and Teaching Tab along with FAQs.

Other autism programmes which you may wish to consider now or in the future are:

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
distance learning
12 months

Course contact details