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Year of Entry 2020/21

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. The November cohort is taught in London, the June cohort in Manchester. There is also an International version for people living outside the UK.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £2,475 for the course
International: £4,635 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? November 2020
June 2021

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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 with you if you are autistic or have an Asperger Syndrome identification are a parent/carer or are a professional who works with individuals with an autism diagnosis, this course covers a range of theories and relating them to the lived experiences of autistic children and adults. A valuable qualification for anyone interested in the autism field.

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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.

This course is delivered in Manchester (starting in June) or London (starting in November). An International study school for students from overseas will run in Sheffield from 5th to 10th July 2020.

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

  • 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

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 at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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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/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting part-time study in 2020/21 is £2,475 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 students starting part-time study in 2020/21 is £4,635 for the course.

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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.

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How do I apply?

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

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