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The 2015 Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (DfE/DoH) specifies that all teachers must be seen as teachers of pupils with SEN and take responsibility for the progress of all learners in their class.

With an estimated 1.6 per cent of the population diagnosed with autism and an increased focus on inclusion, this course allows you to develop your knowledge and understanding of pupils with autism. 

This is a new and innovative postgraduate course that will enable you to study and research current, relevant issues concerning autism spectrum conditions and to develop knowledge of inclusive pedagogy and practice.

It is suitable for teachers and allied professionals working within educational settings who wish to deepen and extend their knowledge of autism and inclusion.

This course will help you to develop the skills to reflect critically on your own practice and current research. It will enable you to contribute to school development and strategic vision concerning autism.

What makes this course different

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Autism theory and research

The course aligns theory and research about autism with current ideas about best practice. It allows you to develop detailed knowledge and understanding of autism, and explore the implications of autism for teaching and learning.

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Collaborative learning

The course focuses on collaborative learning. You will address current issues and problems through the strength of collective knowledge, experience and expertise. A real strength of the course is the diverse student body. People come to it with a range of expertise and experience, enriching the learning for all participants.

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SEN practitioners

Our staff are practitioners in the field of SEN, with many years of experience of working with children and young people with autism spectrum conditions. They bring a wealth of practical experience and knowledge of the most current research to the course.


This course is relevant to both mainstream and specialist settings. The aim is to help teachers and other professionals respond effectively to the needs of pupils with autism.

The two modules you will study cover theories of inclusion, how to make inclusion work for pupils with autism, current research into causes of autism, how children and young people with autism experience the world, and the impact of this on education.

You will also explore a range of strategies to support learning and consider best practice.

Throughout the course, you will be helped to develop a critical understanding of theory alongside the practical knowledge you will gain.

You will be encouraged to make links between theory and your own practice, and become a reflective practitioner who is able to think proactively and strategically about provision for pupils with special and additional learning needs.


  • Core Modules

    Critical Approaches to Inclusive Education

    • To engage with theories of inclusion and personalised learning.
    • To critically evaluate personalised learning practice in schools and educational settings.
    • To develop approaches to inclusive planning, teaching and assessment that ensures accessibility, challenge
    • and achievability for all pupils.

    Understanding Autism

    In this module you will be introduced to the characteristics associated with autism spectrum. You will develop an understanding of the implications of autism for teaching and learning. You will develop an understanding of what is considered as good practice in the field of autism which you will be able to apply to your own practise.


We offer dual delivery which combines traditional on campus face-to-face teaching and online teaching simultaneously, allowing you to interact as if you were there in person. You can move smoothly between online and on campus teaching subject to your individual timetable (and health requirements). Students can interact and collaborate in person and online in any of these live-streamed sessions. Live-streamed sessions will also be recorded, so you can login when you want, playback and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go.

This course is taught in the evenings.


Due to the practical nature of the programme, there are no examinations. The Postgraduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Conditions and Learning is assessed by coursework.

Each module assessment will typically be a single submission portfolio of 5,000 words or equivalent.

Assessment tasks will involve critical reflection, professional work-based tasks and critical engagement with research and current thinking in autism.


Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Tanya Cotier

Tanya is the course leader for MA SEN, PGCert in Understanding and Supporting Behaviour, and PGCert Autism Spectrum Conditions and Learning.

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What we're researching

Research is an important area within our school and some examples of research undertaken by the people you will be working with are:

Louise Arnold is exploring child and young person's views and their experiences of being part of the education and health care plan process in her doctoral research.

Our Professional Doctorate (EdD) course draws on the input of researchers from across the School of Education and Communities. It is led by Professor Gerry Czerniawski, who has published extensively in the areas of teaching and learning, teacher and teacher educator identity, continuing professional development (CPD) and pupil voice.

A founder member of the International Forum for Teacher Educator Development (InFoTED), he serves on the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Council and is chair of BERA's British Curriculum Forum. Gerry is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


This course will help you develop a range of transferable skills that are desirable in a wide range of careers.

These skills include knowledge of theories, legislation, policy and practice, computer literacy, planning and time management and written communication.

It will also demonstrate your ability to design and carry out small-scale research and to engage in critical thinking.

The skills and knowledge developed on this course will allow those working in teaching to gain expertise in the increasingly sought after area of special needs. 

However, this course could also support your career in areas such as therapy, support work, social work, educational psychology and work with adults with additional needs.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.