Taught course

Special Educational Needs and Inclusion (Autism Pathway)

University of Northampton · School of Education

Entry requirements

An honours degree from a UK institution or equivalent Students who have gained credits at M Level 7 from the University of Northampton or from other universities can apply to use these towards the MA SEN and Inclusion (Autism) if they can demonstrate that their studies have been in the field of autism. International students should be able to show that they have the required English proficiency (minimum 6.5 IELTS score)

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

This programme is aimed at people interested in developing their knowledge and skills in the field of autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome. This specialist pathway is ideal for professionals working in early years, primary or secondary schools, further and higher education, voluntary sector, advisory roles, and residential settings. It would also be available (subject to entry qualifications) to people with a personal interest, for example individuals on the autism spectrum and family members.

This programme provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of various aspects related to autism. The modules place specific emphasis on understanding autism from the individual and their family perspective. Theoretical perspectives related to autism and learning are explored in order to better understand the strengths and needs of individuals. A thorough analysis of evidence based approaches will be included in order to evaluate best practice in this field. The aim of the programme is to help participants to reduce the barriers that individuals with autism face in education and wider society. Participants will be encouraged to critically reflect and analyse their practice.

The modules undertaken will vary depending upon the selected exit award (PG certificate, diploma, MA). Each module is 30 level 7 CATs points, the final Dissertation is 60 CATs points. Students progressing to MA will undertake a Research Methods module and will complete a dissertation as part of their study.

Course modules (16/17):

Understanding Autistic Spectrum Disorders - Core module N

Autism in the Early Years - Core module N

Understanding Challenging Behaviour in People with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities - Core module Y

Evaluating Approaches for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum - Core module Y

Research Thesis - Core module N

Dissertation - Core module N

Research Methods - Core module N

Students on PG Diploma or MA will study another optional module such as Key concepts in Inclusion or Understanding Severe and Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties. Students on the MA route will then complete an independent research project, either the Dissertation on its own, or the Research Thesis and Research Methods modules together.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

01604 735500
01604 713029