Understanding Autism - Level 2 (Distance Learning)

Level 2 – GCSE or BTEC or NVQ Level 2 Equivalent

Subject Area Health and Care

Attendance Distance Learning


This qualification aims to develop your understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals with autism - covering the person-centered approach and influence of positive communication methods, how to support positive behaviour, and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: This course has multiple entry points throughout the year Please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk for more information.
Duration: 12 Weeks
Venue: Distance Learning

Who the course is for

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to develop an understanding of autism and how to support individuals with autism.

It’s useful for learners who provide direct support and those working in sectors such as:

• healthcare.
• social care.
• leisure.
• entertainment.
• education and training.
• nursing.


Qualification Gained

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.



Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 200 4000 and they will talk you through your application.

Course Content

To be awarded the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism, learners are required to successfully complete 6 mandatory units:

Unit 01 Introduction to autism.
Unit 02 Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism.
Unit 03 Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism.
Unit 04 Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism.
Unit 05 Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism.
Unit 06 Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

Learning Methods

You will be allocated your own study pack and have a personal tutor who you can contact throughout your studies. You will be required to work through a series of tasks and activities designed to reinforce the learning process and demonstrate your knowledge.

Assessment Methods

To achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the units as detailed in the qualification specification. Grades are not awarded.

All units will be individually and internally assessed through written feedback online for each individual unit.

Progression Opportunities

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

• Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
• Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
• Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism

Career Opportunities

This qualification does not qualify you to work but it does support your professional development, either in your current or future job roles.

Entry Requirements

Learners should be at least 19 years of age. We do not set any other entry requirements.

Learners do not need to be working or
undertaking practical placements to take this


Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.