Autism Awareness in Education Training

Autism Awareness in Education
£30 +VAT

This course teaches those working in education settings how to effectively support autistic children and young people in their care. It explores what autism is, and looks at the concepts of neurodiversity and the autism spectrum, as well as addressing some common misconceptions.

You’ll learn that autistic individuals share common areas of difference, but will have their own profile of strengths and challenges. The course explores how those areas of difference might impact a children or young person. It will make you aware of the importance of understanding autism within education and give you knowledge of the diagnostic process. You will also learn how to use the Graduated Approach to provide effective, individualised support, and benefit from practical supportive strategies that can be used in educational settings.

  • Appraised by neurodiversity expert, Fintan J. O’Regan

  • Developed by education professionals

  • Accredited by CPD

  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits

  • Approximate duration: 3 hours

  • Full audio voiceover

  • Contains downloadable resources

  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

  • Downloadable certificate on completion

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for anyone who works with (including as a volunteer) autistic children and young people, in an education setting, including teachers, teaching assistants, SENCos, early years providers, and childminders. It is also suitable for those supporting autistic children and young people in before and after school provisions, activities, and clubs.

Are you looking to support an autistic person in a non-educational setting? Our Autism Awareness course provides a general overview of autism non-inclusive of education settings and will provide more relevant guidance.


CPD Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 3 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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Course content

1Introduction to Autism

What is autism?, why is understanding autism important?, inclusive practice and removing barriers, autism timeline, common misconceptions, the autism spectrum, describing autism, medical vs. social models, neurodiversity and neurodivergence.

2Areas of Difference

Areas of strength, communication and language, differences in social interaction, repetitive interests, behaviours, and activities, monotropism, sensory differences, scenario exercises (Choose Your Path options), meltdowns, shutdowns and autistic fatigue, potentially co-occurring challenges, autism and mental health.

3Identifying Autism

Pre-diagnosis, diagnostic criteria, masking, autistic girls and women, cultural differences and diagnosis, pathological demand avoidance (PDA), education, health, and care (EHC) plans.

4Supporting Autistic Learners

Good autism practice in education, an inclusive whole-school culture, bullying, applying the Graduated Approach, an individualised approach, person-centred thinking tools, provision framework, working with parents and carers.

5Practical Classroom Strategies

General strategies, managing uncertainty, anxiety and overwhelm, recognising and expressing emotion, managing uncertainty, supporting transitions, calming strategies, supporting communication and interaction, supporting sensory differences, supporting students with PDA.

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Aims of the course

By the end of this course you will:

  • Understand what autism is, and the terminology associated with it.
  • Understand the need to approach autism as a difference, rather than a disorder or impairment.
  • Understand how autism may be identified and diagnosed.
  • Understand the areas of difference and how these may affect a child.
  • Understand that every autistic individual experiences autism differently and that an individual’s strengths, aspirations, and needs should drive any provision.
  • Understand how to apply the Graduated Approach to support a child’s learning and development.
  • Understand and identify some reasonable adjustments that can be made to universal provision to support autistic learners in the classroom.


Once you have completed the training, you will then take an online assessment to test your knowledge. This assessment will ask you 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically, so you’ll know instantly whether you have passed. If you don’t pass first time, don’t worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.