Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism


About this course

This Level 3 course is available for free under the government's new 'Lifetime Skills Guarantee' funding. These courses are designed to help you progress in your current role or get a new job. 

Our fully-funded Level 3 courses are available to eligible adults who do not already hold a Level 3 qualification.

The Certificate in Understanding Autism aims to develop your understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism. It covers the person-centred approach and influence of positive communication methods, how to support positive behaviour, and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

Who is this programme for?

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to develop an understanding of autism and how to support individuals with autism. It is useful for learners who provide direct support and those working in sectors such as:

  • Healthcare
  • Social care
  • Leisure
  • Entertainment
  • Education and training
  • Nursing


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Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

Studies Include

How will I be taught?

The objectives of this qualification are to gain knowledge and understanding of autism, including:

  • 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
  • Gow 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.

How will I be assessed?

To achieve the Certificate in Understanding Autism, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the units as detailed in the qualification specification. 


What Next?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children's Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England)
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support
  • NCFE CACHE Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England)
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • NCFE Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training

By completing the qualification, you will develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism, which could support progression onto appropriate qualifications, and into relevant employment, in the health and social care sector.

Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification.

What are the advantages of learning online with us?
Study with an Ofsted Outstanding College ​​
Your journey to personal development is in great hands. As an Ofsted outstanding college, our experience helps support learners to gain qualifications and progress into all different kinds of industries.
Study in your own time and at your own pace ​
Although assignments will have deadlines, you could study in the morning, during a lunch break or in the middle of the night - the choice is yours.
Boost your self-esteem and confidence ​​
​Achieving a new qualification can help give you the confidence needed to aim for a promotion or to apply for a new job.
FOCAL - Farnborough Online College Advancing Learning
C/O Farnborough College of Technology, Boundary Road, Farnborough, Hants GU14 6SB
Call: 01252 405555