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PgCert Autism and Asperger Syndrome

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Year of Entry 2022/23

Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Run in collaboration with the National Autistic Society, this course offers you an in-depth exploration into theory and practice related to autism and Asperger Syndrome. There is an in-person cohort in Manchester in June and an online cohort in October. Currently applications for the September start of this course are only open to home students.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £2,915 for the course
International/EU: £4,965 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
When do I start? October 2022
June 2023

Course summary

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of what autism is and issues across age ranges.
  • Gain insight into the lived experiences of autistic individuals and understanding of their support needs.
  • Explore specific cognitive differences as well as sensory perceptual profiles and experiences in autism and Asperger Syndrome.

Suitable for you if you are autistic or have an Asperger Syndrome identification, are a parent/carer or are a professional who works with autistic individuals (of any age). This course covers a range of theories and relates them to the lived experiences of autistic children and adults.

Graduate View
PgCert Autism and Asperger Syndrome graduate Georgia Brayley

‘I found this course manageable to complete alongside work commitments. The support from my supervisor made assignments extremely clear and minimised stress. I now feel I can deliver the best possible practice to support those on the autism spectrum.’

Georgia Brayley, PgCert Autism and Asperger Syndrome, 2018 graduate

How you learn

Watch lecturer Jill Pluquailec talk about Teaching and Education (Autism) at Sheffield Hallam University.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This course is delivered in Manchester (starting in June) or online (starting in October).

You are provided with an in depth exploration of the main autism theories, with alternative perspectives identified with supporting rationale. The course is deeply embedded in an inclusive model, and embraces the social model of disability. As such, the notions of inclusion, models of disability, and what it means to be autistic in the modern age are all explored within the course.

You learn through one or more of the following:

face-to-face teaching
online support
individual supervisions
self-directed learning




Course leaders and tutors

Luke Beardon
Luke Beardon
Senior Lecturer

In his post as Senior Lecturer in autism Luke runs various courses at different academic levels in autism, including a Masters qualification, while continuing to res … Read more

Applied learning

Applied learning is the ethos at the heart of all Sheffield Hallam courses, meaning that you are given the opportunity to put your study into practice.

You'll be taught by professionals who are active in their field - so you'll get cutting edge, industry focused knowledge of your subject. You'll gain real-world skills through placements, workshops and live projects, often getting the opportunity to work with big global brands.

Work experience is also embedded into every year of the course, so you polish your workplace skills alongside building a solid knowledge of your subject. Applied learning means that when you do start work, you can dive in and make things happen.

Future careers

This course supports students interested in

  • working with autistic children
  • working with autistic adults
  • supporting autistic employees
  • engaging with autistic students in further and higher education

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to

  • complete a Masters in Autism
  • complete a Doctorate in Education
  • complete an autism-related PhD

Where will I study?

You study this course online from any location

Entry requirements

All students

You need a degree or equivalent. Applicants will also be considered based on relevant experience. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If English is not your first language you normally need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in reading and 6.5 in writing.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Autism In Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Critical Reflections On Autism And Asperger Syndrome Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £2,915 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting part-time study in 2022/23 is £4,965 for the course.

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Postgraduate student loans

Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Teaching and education courses (PDF, 257.5KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

To apply for this course, complete the application form on the National Autistic Society website.

Apply now via National Autistic Society

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