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Further Studies in Autism60 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineValidated by Middlesex University


Further Studies in Autism builds upon the knowledge gained from our Autism Spectrum Conditions module. It will help you to develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the research around sensory processing in autism, and the implications it has in the learning environment.

You will use critical analysis skills to review how an understanding of mental wellbeing in autism can impact learning and day-to-day functioning. You will explore research on potential gender differences in autism and develop knowledge and understanding of how this can impact policy and practice. You will use a range of tools to audit the staff ‘skill set’ and understanding of autism, in order to identify training needs and ways to facilitate this in order to enhance provision in your setting at a whole school level.

This module is one of the recommended modules on our Autism pathway, but when combined with other modules can also be completed as part of a different pathway on our SEND and Inclusion Programme or our Inclusive Educational Leadership Programme.

Why take this module?

Choose this module and:

  • Develop your understanding of sensory processing needs in autism and the overlapping needs found relating to anxiety and emotional regulation
  • Audit and adapt the learning environment to support autistic students with sensory processing needs
  • Critically evaluate how to develop programmes to take into account potential gender differences in autistic students
  • Boost your confidence with supporting your autistic pupils
  • Achieve 60 Masters-level credits that you could put towards further study on one of our postgraduates programmes: SEND and Inclusion or Inclusive Educational Leadership

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 May 2024. Book and enrol before 15 May 2024 to join our next cohort.

How will you benefit?

This module will benefit you and your setting in a wide variety of ways. Over the duration of the course, you will:

  • Create real impact in your setting by auditing and adapting the learning environment to support autistic students with sensory processing needs
  • Deliver long-lasting and meaningful change by reflecting on how to develop effective support programmes to reduce anxiety and facilitate emotional regulation in autistic students
  • Review training needs and establish yourself as a leader by developing a model for good practice across your setting
  • Enhance your previous experience by delivering and critically reflecting on interventions you have designed for with students with autism

The module content

  • Sensory issues and processing styles in autism
  • Gender differences in autism – exploring recent research and implications for practice
  • Mental wellbeing in autism – understanding anxiety and emotional regulation
  • Identifying competencies of staff and ways to develop CPD and skill sets for all staff to promote autism-friendly and inclusive practice

How will you be assessed?

Your assessments will consist of four assessed tasks:

Reflective analysis (3,000 words): A case study with reference to the identification, assessment and appropriate interventions for an autistic student with sensory needs.

A comparative study of two interventions (3,000 words) which draws on theoretical perspectives and research of the effectiveness of mental wellbeing and emotional regulation support for autistic students. 

A literature review (3,000 words) which draws on theoretical perspectives and research and critically evaluates potential gender differences in autism and identifies implications for practice. 

A critical reflection (1,500 words plus 1,500 for staff audit tool) on learning over the module with a focus on identifying staff competencies and ways to enhance whole school practice to promote inclusive practice for autistic students. 

How is the module delivered?

  • Our courses are delivered through Campus Online, our unique provision for online learning.
  • Campus Online allows you to study at your own pace, without the need to travel, or commit to particular dates or times. Log in to access your study materials, contact your personal tutor for support, connect and network with other delegates and make use of the extensive resource library.
  • You can easily track your progress throughout the course and submit your work and evidence of assignments for feedback.

Are you eligible?

  • It is expected that delegates starting this module will have already completed the Autism Spectrum Conditions module.
  • You will need to hold an undergraduate degree.
  • You will need to be working in an educational setting for this module. If you aren’t currently working in an educational setting you will need written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting. We can show you the best way to do this, enabling you to carry out our learning activities in your chosen setting. As part of this process, you will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Are you based in an international setting?

This module is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. The programme content is designed and written with both UK and international settings in mind.

Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

How much does it cost?

We offer a flexible range of fees to suit you:

  • A one-off payment of £2,495 + VAT 
  • Three instalments of £857 + VAT
  • Ten instalments of £262 + VAT

For further information please visit our payment FAQ page.

Speak to us on +44(0)1273 358080 or make a booking.

When does the course start?

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 May 2024. Book and enrol before 15 May 2024 to join our next cohort.

As it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend that you register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

Please note: This course is currently subject to approval.

How long does it take to complete the course?

You will have up to a year to complete this course.

We do understand, however, that circumstances can arise that could prevent the course from being completed during this time. If this is the case, an extension can be arranged in conjunction with the admin team and your tutor.

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