To be held on the dates below at University of Cumbria:

Autumn 2015 - 6, 20 Oct, 3 Nov - Carlisle

Spring 2016 - 9, 23 Feb, 8 March - London

Summer 2016 - 10, 24 May, 7 June - Lancaster


This course is a successful collaboration between the University of Cumbria and the National Autistic Society. The team involved in course delivery is drawn from both organisations, to ensure that contemporary specialist knowledge and research evidence are an integral part of the course.

This 20 credit module has been validated at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is a practice-based course, and explores ways of working with people with autism and Asperger syndrome in a range of settings. It creates an opportunity to also learn from your peers who will consist of students from a diverse range of professional backgrounds, family members and people with autism. It will be of relevance to anyone working directly or indirectly with people on the Autism Spectrum; including parents, health professionals, support staff, those working in education and social services.

Individual places can be booked on the course through the University of Cumbria or it can be run in-house at your organisation (subject to appropriate numbers).


Course details

This course delivered by National Autistic Society lecturers and the University of Cumbria programme leader over a 6 week period which includes 4 attendance days. Further opportunities for optional tutorials with the programme leader are available, programme delivery includes an introduction to autism, evidence based practice and the SPELL framework for intervention, social communication and interaction, sensory differences, understanding behaviour, personal and family perspectives.


Credits awarded

20 credits at levels 4, 5, 6 and 7 awarded by the University of Cumbria following the submission of a successful portfolio. Entrants will be placed on whatever level is commensurate with their prior achievement.


Course fees: £500(due to the popularity of this course we would advise early booking to avoid disappointment)


To book your place on the course, please visit:

For further information and an application form please contact the University of Cumbria on 01524 384360 or email:

You can also email Austin Dorrity (Programme Leader) 

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