TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism


TQUK LEVEL 2 Certificate in understanding Autism

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This TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism course is specifically designed to develop an understanding of common autistic traits and methods to ensure that individuals with autism are supported. With extra guidance and some specialist support, those with autism can flourish and live extremely independent and fulfilling lives.

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About this Understanding Autism Level 2 Course

The TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism is a comprehensive course designed to provide learners with a solid foundation in understanding autism spectrum disorders. This course covers the characteristics, diagnosis, and support strategies for individuals with autism, as well as the impact on their families and society. By completing this certificate, learners will gain essential knowledge and skills to support individuals with autism in various settings.

Study Time: 120 hours
Enrolment length: 12 months
Course Format: Online
Entry Requirements: None Specific

Upon completion of this qualification, students are awarded a TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism certificate and an OLC Certificate. All certification fees are included in your course fees. This qualification is suitable for a range of different career paths in settings such as:

  • SEND teacher
  • Teaching assistant
  • Specialist support worker


To gain the full TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism certification you will need to submit and pass all of the tutor marked assignments. There are 4 assignments in the course and no need to purchase any textbooks as we provide all of the lessons and materials required to learn the syllabus.

There is no formal exam and the certification fee is included in the course fees.

For further information, go to: www.tquk.org/. Qualification Code 603/2942/7

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All of our students are given access to our online campus through their own personal login and password. Once logged in you can access your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments in your own time. Assignments are uploaded through your account and the process is easy intuitive. Our online campus includes:

  • 24/7/365 access to all of your course materials- all lessons, assignments and resources are available from the moment you enrol
  • Instant access to your course after you enrol- start studying immediately!
  • Integrated chat and messaging systems so that you can contact your tutor
  • Online assignment uploads to save time in returning marks and feedback.
  • Links to further resources and information available on courses
  • Self-led learning on all courses- study in your own time and work through your assignments at your own pace
  • Safe e-portfolio of your work is kept under lock and key on our secure servers
  • Progress bar to show the work you have completed and how many tasks you still have to complete on your course
  • Detailed help centre with step-by-step instructions on getting the most from your course and how to upload assignments and contact your tutor


To pass this course learners must pass 4 assignments. These are completed after navigating through the corresponding lessons and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are allocated plenty of time for students to complete their studies and all materials are self-led so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Should you require additional time on one of our courses you can extend your enrolment by 30 days for an additional fee of £60.

As well as this we operate a 14 day money back guarantee on every one of our qualifications- that’s how confident we are of how you will love studying with us!

Understanding Autism Level 2 Course Content

The TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism course assesses the following units:

Unit 1 – Common traits and diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions

In this unit, you will learn about the common traits and diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions.

You will learn common traits and characteristics associated with autism, which may indicate the need for further investigation. We will discuss how people with autism spectrum conditions will experience these characteristics differently. The unit will also define the terms ‘neurodiverse’ and ‘neurotypical’.

You will explore the ‘dyad of impairments’ and how it might be seen as both positive and negative. The unit will outline how an autism diagnosis is made and the importance of seeking a professional diagnosis of autism.

Unit 2 – Sources of information, support, legislation and guidance relevant to autism spectrum conditions

In this unit, we will explore the legislation and guidance relevant to autism spectrum conditions, how they inform the diagnosis and management of autism and how they support those with co-occurring learning disabilities. You will also learn the relevant legislation regarding confidentiality, equality, mental capacity and upholding the best interests of individuals. We will explore the support available to those with autism and their family and carers. The unit will also describe what reasonable adjustments are and why they should be made.

You will explore the importance of supportive facilities, equipment and services to those with autism spectrum conditions. The unit will then describe how those with autism spectrum conditions can be supported to access education, employment and healthcare in a way that promotes their wellbeing and autonomy. We will also cover how to assist an individual with autism when they are distressed.

Finally, we will discuss the historical and sometimes problematic research that has been done regarding autism.

Unit 3 – Living with autism spectrum conditions with autism

This unit will focus on the experiences of those with autism spectrum conditions and how these experiences may affect their behaviour. We will explore how autism impacts an individual’s social, cognitive and physical experiences. We will also discuss the common strengths and abilities of those with autism spectrum conditions.

The unit will define what a sensory processing disorder is and how sensory differences affect how individuals process information. The unit will cover what triggers cause hyposensitivity and hypersensitivity. We will examine how sensitivities can manifest in behaviour and how that might impact the person with autism and those around them.

You will explore how societal views impact people with autism, how unintentional discrimination can lead to problems, and how someone with autism may be at risk of being taken advantage of or bullied.

We will discuss the support available to those with autism, and the challenges carers and family may face when caring for those with autism. You will develop your understanding of how environments may be designed to support those with autism through adjustments to sensory input.

Unit 4 – Best practice relating to autism spectrum conditions

In this unit, we will cover the best practices when supporting, interacting with and protecting individuals living with autism spectrum conditions.

The unit will discuss how to support those with autism using person-centred partnership working. Including how you can provide empathic and non-judgemental care which advocates for the safety and wellbeing of the individual.

We will explore how to communicate with people with autism spectrum conditions effectively. We will also cover supporting someone with sensory differences and support needs.

You will look at various ways of managing distressed behaviours and consider different approaches whilst analysing the strengths and weaknesses of using reactive strategies to encourage positive behaviour. You will also explore how to support individuals to manage their own behaviours in healthy ways.

Finally, you will consider how individuals living with autism might be at risk of being bullied and exploited and look at ways to minimise the risks whilst supporting individuals to act independently.


The most important tool that all of our students have at their disposal is their tutor. When studying for a course with us you are assigned a personal tutor with indepth knowledge and experience in your chosen subject.

You are strongly advised to make use of your tutors expertise and ask questions about the course content. Your assignments are marked by your personal tutor and detailed feedback is given. As well as this your tutor will provide you with pointers and advice on where you can improve- this helps you to get the most from your courses and constantly improve your skills.


TQUK Certification

Included in the cost of this course is certification with TQUK. TQUK are an Ofqual-approved awarding body that develop nationally recognised qualifications in a variety of sectors. These qualifications are then taught by TQUK centres throughout the world to the highest levels possible.

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TQUK is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators (‘regulators’) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism Course regulated?

Yes this course is fully regulated through Ofqual which means it is recognised by all employers and linked to national standards. The course has qualification number 603/2942/7 and a total qualification time of 120 hours. TQUK stands for Training Qualifications UK and they are one of the most innovative and cutting edge awarding bodies in the country. Each of their qualifications are regulated through Ofqual, resulting in nationally recognised achievement.

What is included in the cost of the TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism course?

The cost of this course includes everything needed to pass. Your lessons, tutor support and certification costs are all included in the price with no additional costs at any stage. Should you wish to buy paper versions of the course materials you can do so on the checkout for £35 extra but this is optional.

What entry requirements are there for this course?

There are no entry requirements for this course at all. Anyone can study for this certification and there is no need to have any prior knowledge or experience.

How long do I have to study?

This Autism course has an enrolment length of 12 months included from the date you enrol. This is plenty of time to complete the assignments but you can purchase additional time for £60 per month should you need longer to finish the assignments.

Do I have to sit an exam?

No, there are no exams on this course. Everything is assessed through coursework which you can submit at any time within the enrolment length.

Am I assigned a tutor for this course?

Yes – all students are assigned to a personal tutor who will be in charge of your tuition. The same tutor marks all of your work as well as being available to answer any questions you may have throughout your enrolment period.

Do I need to be working to do the TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism?

No, you do not need a work placement. Everything is completed online from home through written assignments and there are no practical assignments needed.

Can I speak to someone before I enrol?

Of course. Our helpful course advisors are on hand from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. Contact us on our online chat or by calling 0800 772 0887 to discuss this course.

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