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This qualification is designed for learners who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of autism. Successful completion of this qualification will allow learners to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism, which would support progression onto appropriate qualifications and into employment within the health and social care sector.The course is split into six mandatory units:Autism in context This unit covers the context of autism, including characteristics, diagnosis and how understanding and different theories have developed over time. Learners will gain knowledge of the current legislative framework relating to individuals with autism.Positive behavioral support for individuals with autism This unit is about adopting a positive approach to supporting individuals with autism to manage their behaviour. Learners will explore factors that influence behaviour, the impact of behaviour, and strategies and approaches that are effective in providing support.Understand support and management of transitions for individuals with autism The aim of this unit is for learners to gain insight into a range of transitions during the lifespan and the implications for individuals with autism. Learners will develop an understanding of how professionals and others can provide support for both short-term and long-term transitions, including from children’s to adult’s services.Therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions In this unit, learners will explore a range of therapeutic interventions and support available to individuals with autism and their families. They will learn about conditions that commonly co-occur with autism and the treatment options available.Communication and social interaction with individuals with autism This unit will help learners to develop an understanding of the differences in social interaction and communication in autism. They will explore how to develop skills and a range of strategies and aids that can be used to support social interaction and communication for individuals with autism.Safeguarding and resilience in autism In this unit, learners will develop an understanding of how individuals with autism may be vulnerable, and the support worker’s role and responsibilities relating to safeguarding according to legislative requirements. Learners will explore different ways to support individuals to develop resilience and may wish to contextualise their focus as applicable to the individuals they support (e.g. children, young people or adults) where indicated.To achieve the certificate for this course, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the units. Learners who are not successful can resubmit work within the registration period.Each candidate must create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement with each unit. On completion of each unit, candidates must declare that the work produced is their own.
What will I learn?
The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to understand:
• how to adopt a positive approach to supporting individuals with autism
• the current legislative framework relating to individuals with autism and how different theories have developed over time
• how to support and manage transitions for individuals with autism
• the range of therapeutic interventions and support available for individuals with autism and co-occurring conditions
• how to support communication and social interaction for individuals with autism
• how to develop an understanding of how individuals with autism may be vulnerable and the support worker’s role and responsibilities relating to safeguarding according to legislative requirements.
• Learners must be aged 19 years or over on 1st April 2021.
• Must have lived in the UK or EU for the last three years.
• Must currently reside in England, in a post code outside of the Mayor of London, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Cambridge & Peterborough, Tees Valley, West Midlands and the North of Tyne Combined Authority NTCA.
• In order to be eligible to complete this course for free, Learners must not already hold a full Level 3 qualification (e.g. four AS Levels or two A Levels etc). If Wiltshire College and University Centre are not able to obtain government funding, then Learners will be expected to pay a course fee of £811 or Learners can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
• Learners must not be completing any other funded courses such as an Apprenticeship or any other NCFE course.
• Learners can only complete one Level 3 qualification for free.
• Learners who already hold a full Level 3 qualification and wish to complete this course can do so for a fee of £811 or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
• You can check your eligibility by contacting DistanceLearning@wiltshire.ac.uk
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
Assessment requirements: portfolio of evidence is internally assessed and moderated, and then externally moderated.
This is a distance learning course. This means learners do not have to attend college for lessons or sessions with a tutor. You are given a personal log in to e-assessor, where you will submit your work for each unit. Once work is submitted this is automatically sent to your assessor for marking.
Additional Costs and Information
• This course is free (entry requirements apply) however, there is a £200 withdrawal charge if learners do not complete.
• There are not any specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification; however, learners might find it helpful if they have already achieved a Level 2 qualification in a health or health and social care related area.
• The allotted time for completion of this course is four months.
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to: • Level 3 Diploma for the Children's Workforce (Early Years Educator) • Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England • Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) • Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support Services • Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support • Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (England) • Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training.