The Autism Awareness - Level 2 Course aims to develop your understanding of autism and gives practical suggestions when working with autistic individuals. This course will enable you to become familiar with various approaches to autism, have increased awareness of how to obtain a diagnosis and enable you to understand genetic environmental causes of autism.

Autism is a diverse and mystifying condition that has been the focus of much scientific research over the last few decades. Today, autism refers to a whole range of social, language and communication problems. Severity ranges from hardly there at all, often undiagnosed and even unrecognised, to severe, where it is virtually impossible for people to participate in society.

There are no boundaries between the conditions Kanner and Asperger identified, often people are in-between, whether in between Asperger’s syndrome and Kanner’s, or in between "normal" and Asperger’s syndrome. Therefore, collectively we refer to "autistic spectrum disorder", or ASD, as this allows for the differences in both symptoms and severity.

A person without ASD is called a neuro-typical. The Autism Awareness course will also explain how research in other conditions can help research into autism.

The Objectives of the Course are to:

  • Define autism

  • Understand the difference between Autism and Asperger’s syndrome

  • Explain the gender differences

  • Identify conditions related to ASD

  • Explain how research in other conditions can help research into autism

On successful completion on this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate Award.

The course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1 - What is Autism?

The following topics are covered; History, Autism today, Symptoms, Who is affected? Related conditions.

  • Unit 2 - Legislation and Autism

The following topics are covered; The Equality Act (2010), Making reasonable adjustments in employment, Making reasonable adjustments in education, The Autism Act outcome 1: The Autism Strategy, The Autism Act Outcome 2: The statutory guidance.

  • Unit 3 - Triad of Impairments

The following topics are covered; Problems with social interaction, Problems with social communication and language.

  • Unit 4 - Explaining Autistic behaviours

The following topics are covered; Challenging behaviour: biting other people, Obsessions, Repetition, Routine.

  • Unit 5 - Causes of Autism

The following topics are covered; Autism or autistic traits? Genetics, Twin and other genetic studies, Environmental factors.

  • Unit 6 - Diagnosing Autism

The following topics are covered; Factors contributing to increased awareness and diagnosis, Models of disability, Pros and cons of diagnosis, Components for multi-agency assessment.

  • Unit 7 - Approaches to Autism

The following topics are covered; Behavioural approaches, Dietary approaches, Medical interventions, Intensive Interaction, Alternative communication systems.

  • Unit 8 - Practical Suggestions when Working with Autistic Individuals

The following topics are covered; Assisting with anxiety, Support with organising, Technology, Planning and adapting to change. Life changes.

  • Unit 9 - Explaining the Myths

This unit explains the reasoning behind myths regarding Autism.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


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


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Autism Awareness 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 2 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

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 Resources) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The course itself has been designed by NCC Resources to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.

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