University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Working with Individuals on the Autism spectrum

The course offers an individual negotiated pathway to ensure that is appropriate to your interest�s personal and professional development. The ethos of the program is driven by lived experience of people on the autism spectrum. It is a suitable programme for anyone including people who are on the autism spectrum with a quest to expand their knowledge base and skills in understanding and working alongside people on the autism spectrum.

Entry requirements

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis and potential students will be offered advice by an academic tutor on the suitability of the award and their module choice within the award, dependent on factors such as currency of prior learning, and their personal and professional development needs. Students should be able to show potential benefit from studying for the award and a commitment to attempting the assessment items. Applicants must have access to a computer and to the internet. International applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of study at a level equivalent to the general entry requirements. These will be in accordance with NARIC Guidelines (The British Council 2007 and revised annually) and international qualifications for entry to Higher Education (UCAS, 2007 and revised annually) as well as satisfying the English Language requirements for admission which include any of the following: The British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.5; Cambridge Certificate in advanced English, grade A only; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, grade C or above; Oxford � Arels examination (higher level), credit or distinction; TOEFL: American test of English as a foreign language, minimum score of 550 (for written tests) or 213 (for computer tests).

Course modules

PgCert: understanding individuals on the autism spectrum; supporting individuals on the autism spectrum; negotiated learning: working with individuals on the autism spectrum. To gain a PgDip a further 5 modules must be completed: Research methods; the SENCO and the child; the SENCO and the school; negotiated learning; work based learning. To gain the MSc students must then complete a dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Case study; reflective account; academic essay; evidence based analysis; portfolio; negotiated learning e.g. patchwork text, evaluation of teaching/intervention; production and presentation of a teaching aid; presentation; patient / client management plan; practice based vignette; written report; online assessment; work based assessment; dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgCert Part-time £ 1,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgCert Part-time £ 3,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster Campus Lancaster LA1 3JD North West

Key information

Course Enquiry Centre
Telephone number: 
0845 606 1144