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Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Award level 1 – C0876

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Course Overview

This accredited qualification is suitable for anyone (19+) wishing to improve their knowledge and understanding of working with anyone who has been recognised as being on the autistic spectrum. Students will have the opportunity to investigate how the different characteristics which individuals who have this condition may display, and consider the ways in which individuals may be supported to live the quality of life of their choosing in this growing area of care.

Successful individuals will gain a nationally recognised level 1 Award which is valuable evidence to show employers that you understand how to work in this challenging and rewarding sector. Particularly suitable for individuals who are returning to work after a period of unemployment who wish to improve their care skills, update your information on key current legislation and explore a career in health and social care, childcare, education, security or any customer-focused position.

You will need to be committed to complete a full day of learning (9 am – 4 pm).

This is a classroom-based, one day course which is offered on a regular basis year-round (50 weeks of the year including non-term times).

What You'll Learn

Year 1

During this one day course, you will take part in a variety of different learning activities, discussion, research and watching short videos where you will be able to:
1) Know the importance of a person-centred approach when working with individuals with an autistic spectrum condition
2) Understand the concept of the autistic spectrum condition and identify behavioural characteristics associated with this condition
3) Understand and outline sensory difficulties which may be experienced by anyone on the autistic spectrum
4) Understand the importance of how to prepare and plan routines to support individuals
5) Understand the importance of effective methods of communication
6) Discuss the effectiveness of different communication techniques and styles and identify how they can enhance the life experience of anyone on the autistic spectrum.

Entry Requirements

This is a level 1 course and although there are no formal entry requirements, a reasonable level of literacy is expected i.e. you can write and speak to make yourself understood. If you have any concerns regarding your literacy level, please contact us.

How you will be assessed

You will complete a variety of short practical and written tasks that will be formally assessed by the tutor to create a portfolio of written evidence.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £0.00

Additional Costs

Fee concessions:

You will not be required to pay a fee for this course if you are in the following categories:
In receipt of one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, JSA or ESA (Employment and Support Allowance Work-Related Action Group) or low waged.

Evidence of benefits will be required on the application.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

On completion of this award, your tutor will be able to provide advice and guidance on other programmes. These might include additional care based qualifications e.g. Equality and Diversity, Introduction to Dementia; employability skills e.g., CV writing, interview skills, Customer Service level 1 or 2 and other short vocational programmes.

This qualification will support anyone to gain employment by improving their confidence by gaining new skills and qualifications.

For more detailed advice and guidance about future steps, you can make an appointment with one of our qualified careers advisers who can support you to find the most suitable career path for you and to make the most of your skills and qualifications.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements of the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course.

For applications via JCP, please let your Work Coach know. Subject to individual eligibility and type of benefit, the vast majority of courses are FREE to people in receipt of an employment-related benefit JSA, Universal Credit or ESA (Employment and Support Allowance).

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