The Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Level 3 Course is designed to give students an overview of the issues involved with alcohol use during pregnancy, and covers the related warning signs, symptoms and developmental outcomes The course has been developed in conjunction with experts - FASawareUK.

Many health care practitioners, teachers or family members of those affected have limited clinical knowledge in this relatively un-publicised syndrome. The course will therefore be beneficial to professionals and interested individuals alike and will help them to develop increased understanding of the problems and possible reactions and interventions. This course also looks at the neuropathology of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), including psychopathy and cognitive functioning and it will examine different interventions, including prevention and rehabilitation approaches.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate Award.

The course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1: FASD – The History of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

The following topics are covered: Definition of FASD; FASD and Abortion; What is Alcohol?; Alcohol Use; Alcohol Consumption in Pregnancy; and Measuring Alcohol Consumption.

  • Unit 2: Taking Responsibility for the Unborn Child

The following topics are covered: Candace Thorp v Jim Beam; FAS from Diagnosis to Current Day; The Difficulties of Diagnosing FASD; and Diagnostic Criteria.

  • Unit 3: Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Screening

The following topics are covered: Screening for Alcohol Use (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (Audit) / The CAGE questionnaire / The T-ACE questionnaire); Other Factors Affecting FASD; In Utero Effects of Alcohol; and Risks During the 3 Trimesters.

  • Unit 4: Children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

The following topics are covered: Learning outcomes; Primary Disabilities; Neuropsychological Problems; Secondary Disabilities; Measuring Secondary Disabilities using VABS; and Measuring Adaptive & Maladaptive Behaviours.

  • Unit 5: Behavioural Phenotypes of FASD

The following topics are covered: Behavioural Checklists (Communication / Daily Living Skills / Socialisation / Spatial / Emotional / Motor Skills); Development of Children with FASD; FASD in Infancy; Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale; and FASD in Preschool.

  • Unit 6: Growing up with FASD

The following topics are covered: FASD in the School Age - Child; FASD in Adolescence; FASD in Adulthood; FASD in Employment; Living Alone with FASD; and FASD - Support in the Future.

Prerequisites:

There is no prior learning knowledge or experience required to take this course.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period and our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course.

Assessment:

When you have the completed the programme, your allocated personal tutor will be required to verify that you have worked through all parts of the workbook and completed all of the activities and self-assessments successfully.

Certification:

ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive an Understanding Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Further information about Ofqual’s Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/qualifications-and-assessments/qualification-frameworks/levels-of-qualifications/

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (NCC) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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