University of Northampton

University of Northampton

Special Educational Needs and Inclusion (Autism Pathway)

This pathway is aimed at people interested in developing their knowledge and skills in the field of autism spectrum, including asperger syndrome. This specialist pathway is suitable 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 Autism course 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 course 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.

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).

Course modules

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. Modules include: understanding autistic spectrum disorders; autism in the early years; autism, curriculum and teaching; understanding challenging behaviour in people with autism and/or learning disabilities. Students progressing to MA will undertake a research methods module and will complete a dissertation as part of their study.

Assessment methods

Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to either personal interests or existing professional workloads. Modules are assessed on the basis of essays, case studies, portfolios or reports. There are no examinations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Park Campus Northampton NN2 7AL East Midlands

Key information

Telephone number: 
0800 358 2232