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Study Online To Gain Your Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism

Support people with Autism

More than 70% of adults with autism claim not receive any support. As a result, 1 in 3 experience mental health issues.

Learn Therapeutic Interventions

Develop key skills in communication and social interactions to help individuals with autism interact more effectively with others and feel understood.

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You can complete your TQUK Level 3 course in as little as 6 months or take as long as 2 years. You can fit your studies around your work and homelife commitments.

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Certificate in Understanding Autism - Level 3

Key Points
  • Learn how to adopt a positive approach to support individuals with autism
  • Support individuals with autism with communication and social interaction
  • Understand the legislative framework relating to autism
  • Gain a Level 3 certification – equivalent to an A Level
  • Develop the skills needed to work with individuals with autism
  • Complete the course in as little as 6 months

There are approximately 700,000 people in the UK diagnosed with some form of autism. Of those more than 70% of adults claim not receive any support with functioning day to day.

As a result of this lack of support, one in three adults experience severe and ongoing mental health issues.

This level 3 certificate in Understanding Autism will allow you to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of autism. It will show you how to adopt a positive approach to supporting individuals with autism and the different theories behind them.

You will also learn about the legislative framework surrounding the provision of care and support for those with autism. This includes your role and responsibilities and safeguarding.

During your studies you will learn the range of therapeutic interventions and support communication and social interaction for individuals with autism.

Getting Started

learndirect is a leading UK online learning institute, which means we take a person-centred approach to learning. We provide the tools to learn and you do the rest.

This means no physical classes or prohibitive timetables. You learn when you will be at your most effective, in an environment you will be most comfortable in.

You still get the academic support from your dedicated tutor. They will provide advice, guidance and feedback on your assignments. This allows you to progress in a structured, positive way.

Ultimately this allows you to study and complete your course in a manner that reflects your lifestyle, commitments and your approach to learning.

You can start learning from the moment you have enrolled with us. We don’t have term times, just an online portal with all your course material ready and waiting.

To be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism, learners are required to successfully complete 5 mandatory units:

  • Unit 01 - Understand the diagnosis and management of autism
  • Unit 02 - Understand best practice in the context of autism
  • Unit 03 - Legislation, guidance, information and support relevant to autism
  • Unit 04 - Autism and behaviour
  • Unit 05 - Living with autism in society

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Please note: You must be at least 16 years of age to join this course.

All the assessments for this course can be done online from the comfort of your own home and in your own time.


After successfully completing this course, you will gain the TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism (RQF) (Ofqual qualification code = 603/3203/7).

Established in 2013, Training Qualifications UK are one of the most forward-thinking and agile Awarding Organisations in the UK. They work closely with both employers and providers to ensure learners receive qualifications that have impact in the workplace and help learners succeed in all walks of life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There is a huge range of benefits to studying via distance education:


We believe distance education is all about convenience and flexibility. You can plan your study around your work or lifestyle commitments, so you’re only studying at times convenient for you.

Plus, you can improve your education without having to attend classes at a physical location. What’s more, with learndirect, you can study when and where you like without the stress of deadlines or time limits and complete your course at your own pace.


We don’t have the same level of high overhead costs (e.g. classrooms and large campuses) as traditional schools, colleges or universities, so we’re able to pass on these savings to you by reducing our course fees.


We offer over 650 home study courses for you to choose from, with an unrivalled selection of quality distance education courses accredited by some of the most respected awarding bodies in the UK.


You have access to a dedicated tutor who is an experienced professional in their field of study. Your tutor is totally committed to helping you succeed and is on hand to answer any questions you may have, no matter how big or small.

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Yes, all of our courses will come with a certificate once you have completed your training. This certificate will have your name on it, and the title of the training you have completed.

Each course is different, and each has its own time frame, but all of our courses are flexible so you can study in a way the fits you. All of our courses come with an Individual Learner Plan, this will help guide you and keep you on track for success.

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All of our qualifications have different awarding bodies, and depending on the subject, they will meet different criteria depending on the level of the qualification and its content.

We typically use the OFQUAL register to help us benchmark our courses and ensure the education you receive is up to the relevant industry standards. If you would like to check a specific qualification, please contact one of our helpful advisers by calling 01202 006 464.

We have several options including 0% payment options, and options with very small deposits. Each course has different options, if you would like to discuss these options or a quote for a course, you can reach a member of the team by calling 01202 006 464.

If you make a mistake or get something wrong, there is no need to worry. Many of our courses allow you to retake units that may not have gone to plan. You will receive full support and guidance from your tutor before reworking a unit and submitting again, and you can do this without any additional cost.

As soon as you submit a piece of work your tutor is notified. This allows us to identify that you have work which requires their attention. While your tutor is marking your work you can move on to the next unit or section of your course so there are never any delays in your learning. Typically, with most of our courses, marking work takes less than 5 days depending on the size of the submitted item.

No, the price agreed when you start your course is all you pay. We ensure there are no hidden or additional unnecessary fees for your education.

Many of our courses include one or more of the following hands on aspects to enhance the online learning you will receive.

Many of our RQF courses include a placement, these placements are fantastic opportunities for you to secure a work experience placement in a relevant industry and get real on the job experience while you learn. For example many of our Teaching Assistant courses give you an opportunity to approach and work within a local school.

Time in our state of the art academy's for certain subjects, for example our Foot Health Practitioner courses run multiple hands on class based options in our bespoke learning environments.

Further to this some of our courses include practical kits for you to use while you study and even keep after the course! For example many of our Nail Technician courses include an extensive kit included with the course at no additional charge.

We encourage and welcome international students to join our learning community.

All of our courses are specifically designed to be delivered via distance education and home study, so you can complete your course from anywhere in the world. Some courses relate specifically to UK practice and legislation and in these cases all work must be presented accordingly. There will be no need for you to attend any physical location like a test centre or campus, unless your course has a 'practical' element to it.

Unlike traditional schools, colleges or universities there are no terms, semesters, or specified intake dates for our uniquely flexible distance education courses. Our system of continuous enrolment means that our students can enrol on any day and at any time of the year. This allows our students the freedom to plan their studies to fit in with their lifestyle or work commitments.

You can enrol easily and quickly by clicking on the ‘Enrol Now’ button on your preferred course’s page on our website. Simply complete the secure online registration form and we will do the rest. If you’d prefer to call us to enrol, please call 01202 006 464.

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