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The Autism PathwayOnlineMaster of EducationValidated by Middlesex University


The Autism pathway is your route to gaining specialist knowledge and skills for working with students with autism.

It enables you to further your theoretical understanding of autism as well as establish best practice for supporting students in your setting. You can choose whether you would like to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma, or a Master of Education in SEND and Inclusion: Autism.

Our SEND and Inclusion programme is developed, delivered and assessed by Real Training, awarded and quality assured by Middlesex University.

The Autism pathway

The programme will enable you to:

  • develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the history of autism and the emergence of a spectrum of autism conditions
  • critically examine the research on autism and demonstrate both knowledge and understanding of its applications and limitations
  • develop an enhanced understanding of how the current knowledge of the autism spectrum informs educational policy and practice
  • critically examine the research on interventions in the field of autism spectrum conditions through a comparative study
  • develop different models of partnership within their setting with an understanding of the place of power and ethics in listening to and understanding children, parents and carers

Why choose the Autism pathway?

  • Learn the latest literature, research and knowledge surrounding autism to inform your practice
  • Develop confidence working with students with autism
  • Take the lead on provision for students with autism within your setting
  • Have evidence of designing, implementing and critically evaluating provision for pupils with autism within your setting
  • Use this qualification as evidence to support your application to work in specialist provision

Who is the Autism pathway suitable for?

This pathway is suitable for a wide range of roles, however we would recommend this pathway to those working as a SENCO, a Specialist Teacher, a class/subject teacher or a TA with a degree looking to understand more about – and potentially specialise in – Autism.

What qualifications are available?

The Autism pathway comprises core modules and recommended modules which focus on topics relating to working with students with autism. There is flexibility in the programme for you to choose modules from another area of interest, in place of the recommended modules, if you wish. The combination of both these elements enables you to tailor your programme to the needs of your setting, your interests or the direction you would like your career to take.

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For all autism pathway PGCerts, PGDips and MEd, delegates will need to complete at least 60 credits from the following core module options:

For the PGDip and MEd, you will need to choose 120 credits from the above modules, our recommended module, Further Studies in Autism (60 credits). You can however also choose from the optional modules listed below.

To complete the full MEd with an autism focus, the Enquiry-Based Practice (60 credits) needs to be your final module and your chosen research project for this module must have an autism focus.

Optional modules, which can be chosen instead of one or more recommended modules

Please note:

If you’d like to achieve a Postgraduate Diploma or MEd in SEND and Inclusion: Autism, your programme must include one of our enhanced application and reflection modules which are; NASENCO, iSENCO, Leading Inclusive Practice, Auditing and Leading Improvement or Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion.

How is the Autism pathway 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?

  • You will need to hold an undergraduate degree to study on the Autism pathway.
  • You will need to be working in an educational setting for this programme. 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.

Please note: Some of our modules have specific eligibility requirements. Please check the course pages for more information.

Are you based in an international setting?

This programme 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.

When do the courses 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 programme is currently subject to approval.

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