PgCert Education (Autism)

Southwark Campus

Mode: Part-time

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Nothing about us without us

Our course centres heavily on the lived experience of autistic people. Based on the principle 'nothing about us without us', we believe that genuine insider perspectives should inform anyone wishing to know more about autism. You'll apply theory to practice – and in so doing you'll have the opportunity to reflect on inclusive practices and their efficacy in assisting diverse learners with autism.

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This course is ideal for practitioners in education, health, social care, or the voluntary sector who are interested in working with autistic learners of any age and across the spectrum (in keeping with the 0-25 framework in the Children and Families Act 2014). Autistic people are encouraged to apply and should feel confident that staff are committed to offering appropriate support as required.

The Autism and Critical Disability Studies Research Group operates out of the same division as the course.

Why Education (Autism) at LSBU?

Our expert staff are committed to a practice-based approach, and we collaborate with psychologists to create exciting course modules.
Ranked joint 1st for Overall Satisfaction amongst London competitors in Education (National Student Survey 2020)

2nd for graduate prospects in Education in London (Sunday Times League Table 2020) and top 3 for career prospects amongst London universities (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

You'll be able to progress onto the Education (Autism) MA.
The Centre for Education and School Partnerships, which delivers this degree, has extensive links with schools, alternative educational settings and the creative industries.
Individual modules and sessions can be taken as Continued Professional Development (CPD).
The Participatory Autism Research Collective (PARC) started at LSBU.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
1 year
Start Date
Southwark Campus


September start

  • Autism, individuality and identity
    Building on ‘Understanding Autism and Learning’, this 30-credit module develops your evidence-based understanding of autism at all ages via insights from individuals on the spectrum. Transitions are notoriously problematic for people with autism therefore our focus will be on developing effective mentoring skills (informed by an understanding of individuality and identity) in order to become empathetic mentors. You'll learn to appreciate the wide diversity of autism and potential impact of labelling; reflect on barriers to participation, including restrictions arising from stereotyping and environmental /societal factors; focus on gender and life span; and you'll consider conditions conducive to success in education, relationships and work. Assessment: a 5,000-word case study (100% weighting).
  • Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
    This module provides a critical and theoretical underpinning to discussions of inclusive practice with pupils / students (across the age range) who have been identified with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND). We'll develop a framework to aid your critical understanding of policy / practice in SEND with a view to examining notions of best practice. The module explores critical disability studies theory, which identifies various models for thinking about disability and is concerned with the interaction between impairment and disabling barriers in society and social justice. We'll also cover the impact of relevant equality legislation on practice and explore the perspectives of disabled people / families who have direct experience of acquiring an impairment label and SEND interventions. Assessment:  a 10-minute presentation that's equivalent to 2 000 words (40% weighting) and a 3,000-word literature review of readings used to support the presentation (60% weighting).


    This course is carefully designed to ensure a synthesis of practical understanding and critical analysis of theory and policy in this subject area. Most participants will already be employed in contexts providing education and other opportunities for children and adults identified with SEND. However, it is not necessary to be employed in an education setting to derive benefit from this course. The Autism Act 2009 and the Adult Autism Strategy 2009 require public bodies to understand autism, so if you are, for example, a social worker, a youth worker or a police officer, this course can be of great benefit.

    You'll become better equipped to work with children, young people and their families, underpinned by your theoretical understanding of concepts and principles associated with SEND and autism spectrum conditions (ASC). This will open-up the possibility for career development in the field.

    Employability Service

    We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

    At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

    • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
    • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

    Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

    The department has wide professional links within and beyond the University. Examples include:

    You'll be taught by Dr Nicola Martin who has substantial experience in the field of autism, including working with Professor Baron-Cohen on the Cambridge University Autism Project.

    Recent guest lecturers include Dr Damian Milton and members of PARC (Participatory Research Autism Collective). As well as PARC, the Cygnet Mentoring Project originated at LSBU and anyone interested in mentoring autistic people will benefit from Cygnet's research-informed input.

    Teaching and learning

    Typically we learn in face-to-face seminars with small groups (approx. 20 students). 1:1 tutorials are also provided to support you when planning your assignment.

    Study hours

    Your study (per 30-credit) module will typically include:

    • 24 hours of taught content (University-based taught sessions)
    • 252 hours of private study.


    A variety of assessment methods are employed across the course, including essays, research proposals, projects and presentations.

    We know that learners' have different styles of learning – having a range of assessment methods ensures each student has the opportunity to demonstrate their learning.


    Entry requirements

    • Applicants should usually have qualifications that demonstrate that they are suitably prepared for Level 7 study in the professional practice context.
    • This will normally mean a good Honours degree (with a classification of 2:2 or above or the equivalent if the applicant had a degree from a non-UK university) and evidence that applicants are able to write at level 7.
    • If an applicant has existing level 7 credits in relevant field  - it is possible for the applicant to apply for APL (Accredited Prior Learning) for the optional module on this course.
    • Applicants are likely to be practising education professionals, mostly practising teachers or those working in special school or alternative settings (including disability services in further and higher education and similar contexts).

    The final decisions about suitability for the course are taken by the Course Director from an assessment of the standard application form. Mature students without formal qualifications but with appropriate life or professional experience will be considered.

    How to apply

    International students

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    Home/EU applicants

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    Start date
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    Preparatory reading

    • Baron-Cohen, S. (2012) Zero Degrees of Empathy Penguin
    • Goepel, J. and Sharpe, S. (2014) Inclusive Primary Teaching: A Critical Approach to Equality and Special Educational Needs (Critical Teaching) Critical Perspectives
    • Knowles, G. and Lander, V. (2012) Thinking Through Ethics and Values in Primary Education (Thinking Through Education Series) Sage

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    PgCert Autism - Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT

    The fee shown is for entry 2021/22
    UK fee: £2840International fee: £4966.67
    AOS/LSBU code: 4908Session code: 1PS00

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