• Age group19+
  • DurationYou will be required to complete the course within 24 weeks. If you withdraw prior to completing the course or do not complete the course within the required 24 weeks you will be liable to pay a £50 admin fee.
  • Awarding bodyNCFE / CACHE


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
  • 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

Course Information

Download PDF

For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

  • Autism in context
  • Positive behavioural support for individuals with autism
  • Understand 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

You will study around your current lifestyle, when it suits you. You should expect to be studying for around 5-10 hours per week.

Entry requirements

The course is delivered and assessed on line; those that apply will need internet access.
You will also need to have the skills to be able to complete level 3 written online assignments. The learners have to be 19+ and without a full level 3 or above as prior attainment.

To achieve the Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes of the units as detailed in the qualification specification.
The Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism is internally assessed.

By completing the qualification, learners 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.

Distance learning courses are free for qualifying learners over the age of 19 The learners have to be 19+ and without a full Level 3 or above as prior attainment.

You will need access to a computer or tablet with internet access.

To find out more about jobs in your local area, please visit Career Coach.

Health & Care

Explore Health & Care

Health and Care students have access to a realistic on-site health and care ward that replicates a hospital environment. This fantastic facility allows students to gain practical experience in hygiene and patient care, with access to a wide range of industry equipment. Courses are delivered by health and care professionals from a wide range of backgrounds.

Find out more

Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.


Related Courses