TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

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Autism Awareness course

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

This Understanding Autism course is designed to help learners to develop their knowledge of autism and how they can help individuals with autism to be fully supported. It is nationally recognised at Level 2 and is perfect for people that work closely with autistic individuals so that they can further develop their understanding.

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

See the TQUK Qualification summary for this course here


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 – Signs, symptoms and diagnosis of autism

In this unit, you will learn about the signs, symptoms and diagnosis of autism. You will learn how to recognise the main signs and symptoms of autism and understand how these can be displayed in diverse ways by individuals. You will look at how the ‘triad of impairments’ might be seen as both positive and negative and understand the importance of seeking a professional diagnosis of autism.

Topics in this unit include:

  • Understand autistic spectrum conditions
  • Recognise signs and symptoms of autism
  • Understand the triad of impairments
  • Understand the importance of professional diagnosis of autism

Unit 2 – Sources of information and support, legislation, and policy relevant to autism

In this unit, you will learn about the different sources of information, support and legislation and guidance that is relevant to autism. You will look at an individual with autism’s rights in terms of equality and disability and discover what facilities and services are available to them.

You will then go on to learn about the importance of supporting an autistic individual and how this can be done in a range of scenarios, before finally identifying ways of supporting individuals who are hoping to enter the workplace.

Topics in this unit include:

  • Understand legislation and guidance relevant to autism
  • Supporting an autistic individual in a range of scenarios

Unit 3 – Living with autism

In this unit, you will learn how autism can affect an individual’s cognitive and physical experiences. You will look at how sensory processing disorders can affect the way in which an individual may process information and how hyposensitivity and hypersensitivity can manifest themselves in behaviour that might impact both the person with autism and those around them. Finally, you will explore how society itself impacts a person with autism and how unintentional discrimination can lead to problems and how a person with autism may risk being taken advantage of or bullied.

Topics in this unit include:

  • Understand how autism may affect an individual’s cognitive experiences
  • Understand how autism may affect an individual’s physical experiences
  • Understand how autism may affect an individual’s behaviour
  • Understand the impacts of autism on the family of an autistic person
  • Understand how society impacts upon a person with autism
  • Understand how the physical environment impacts upon a person with autism

Unit 4 – Best practice relating to autism

In this unit you will discover best practices when supporting, interacting with and protecting individuals living with autism. You will look at various ways of managing behaviour that challenges and consider a number of different approaches whilst analysing the strengths and weaknesses of using reactive strategies to encourage positive behaviour. Finally, you will consider the ways in which individuals living with autism might be vulnerable to being bullied and exploited and look at ways to minimise the risks whilst supporting individuals to act independently.

Topics in this unit include:

  • Understand best practice in providing support to individuals who live with autism
  • Understand best practice when interacting with individuals who live with autism
  • Understand best practice in managing sensory needs of individuals living with autism
  • Understand best practice in managing behaviours of individuals living with autism
  • Understand best practice in supporting individuals living with autism to manage their own behaviour
  • Understand best practice in protecting individuals living with autism

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.


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 124 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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