Qualification: NCFE Certificate
Level 3 (Distance Learning)

You can start this distance learning course at anytime throughout the year. Please apply and we will contact you to arrange getting you started.

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About this course

This Level 3 qualification in Understanding Autism enables you to further increase your knowledge and understanding of autism. Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism, which would support progression onto appropriate qualifications and into employment within the health and social care sector. 

For this course the term ‘autism’ is used as an umbrella term for all autistic spectrum conditions, including Asperger syndrome. The term ‘individuals with autism’ includes children, young people and adults.

The objectives of this qualification are to help you to understand: 

  • how to adopt a positive approach to supporting individuals with autism
  • the current legislative framework relating to individuals with autism and how different theories have developed over time 
  • how to support and manage transitions for individuals with autism
  • the range of therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions
  • how to support communication and social interaction for individuals with autism
  • how to develop an understanding of how individuals with autism may be vulnerable and the support worker’s role and responsibilities relating to safeguarding according to legislative requirements. 

This is a flexible qualification that allows you to study at a time and place that suits you however you will be assigned a personal tutor who can support you if you need it.

*Great news... if you don't already have a full Level 3 or higher qualification (or if you are currently aged 19) then this course is fully funded so you won't have to pay. Apply online now!

What you will learn

Your course will include the following units:

  • Positive behavioural support for individuals with autism
  • Support and management of transitions for individuals with autism
  • Therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occuring conditions
  • Communication and social interaction with individuals with autism 
  • Safeguarding and resilience in autism
Learning style

This is a distance learning course. Upon successful enrolment, you will be provided with access to all your online learning resources to complete the course and will also have the opportunity to receive 1:1 online support with our qualified tutor.


Assessments are carried out for each unit and your tutor will provide you with feedback for each assessment.

Entry requirements
  • You need to be aged 19 or over
  • If you're aged 19-23 you must have already achieved a full level 2 qualification
  • Be self-motivated
  • Have GCSE English grade C/4 or above
  • Have access to a computer/laptop/iPad/tablet facility to use the online platform
  • Have access to emails to create and verify your account
  • Be able to submit proof of ID
  • Completed the Level 2 Autusim Awareness course

When you apply for this course you will be emailed a series of questions. You will need to return your answers within 2 weeks for assessment prior to your interview and course enrolment. Feedback will be given if you are not suitable for this course. 

Please note on successful application you will be given access to the online course materials on either the 1st or 15th of the month, dependening on the date you verify your enrolment.

Course length & fees
  • Fees: £0* (see About this course)
  • Course Length: up to 6 months
  • Campus: Distance Learning
What next?

You can go on to learn more from our other distance learning courses once you have completed your current one. Explore all our distance learning courses by clicking here.

Additional information

What happens next?   

  • On successful completion of your initial assessment, we will contact you to start your enrolment
  • We will process your application for funding and send you confirmation of enrolment once complete
  • Submit your proof of ID and verify your enrolment easily online
  • You will be given access to the online course materials on either the 1st or 15th of the month (dependent on the date you verify your enrolment) 
  • A qualified Assessor will contact you to welcome you to your course and will be available to support you throughout your online distance learning programme
  • Assessments are carried out per unit and your assessor will provide you with feedback for each assessment
  • Once all units are complete, passed, and verified we will apply for your certificate from the Awarding Organisation, and post out to you