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Understand more about autism, including diagnosis, the autistic spectrum, and life with autism with this CPD-certified Understanding Autism at FutureLearn.

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First identified over 70 years ago, autism is a lifelong developmental disability affecting how a person communicates with and relates to others, and how they make sense of the world. It is a spectrum condition; all people on the spectrum share certain difficulties, but their condition affects them in different ways.

By the end of Understanding Autism at FutureLearn , you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain what autism is, and evaluate how we know it really exists
  • Identify social communication skills and explain what happens if they do not develop as expected
  • Summarise knowledge of sensory and repetitive behaviours, and whether such behaviours are advantages or disadvantages
  • Explain why many people on the autism spectrum have co-occurring conditions
  • Identify the origins of strengths and difficulties experienced by people on the autism spectrum
  • Explore and discuss lived experiences of people on the autism spectrum

Programme Structure

What topics will you cover?
  • What is autism
  • Social communication skills
  • Sensory sensitivities and repetitive behaviours
  • Co-occurring conditions
  • Strengths and difficulties of people on the autism spectrum
  • Lived experiences of people on the autism spectrum

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 1 months
    • 3 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to do this course but it might be of interest to practitioners in the field of autism, healthcare workers, people on the autism spectrum, and parents or carers.
  • It is ideal for anyone considering postgraduate study in the field, such as the PCert in Autism Studies at the University of Kent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 USD for the full programme during 1 months.
  • National

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 USD for the full programme during 1 months.

Basic access: free



Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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