NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

Our course code: X215

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder. People living with an autism spectrum disorder will experience challenges with communication and social interactions and will display restrictive and repetitive behaviour. Autism is not always immediately apparent and the symptoms can be more severe for some than others.

Autism is a spectrum condition that affects how a person communicates with others and how they interpret the world around them. Currently, there are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism, that is more than 1 in every 100 in the UK alone. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to the rest of us and things that might seem straightforward such as language or metaphors can be confusing. Having a clear understanding of the misconceptions, diagnoses and support surrounding autism are just some of the essential skills needed when working in mental health.

This NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism course allows learners to gain an understanding of the different spectrum of autistic conditions and how they can affect people in a variety of ways, as well as explore the importance of using a person-centred approach to provide support. Learners will also understand how to use appropriate communication skills and positive behaviour to encourage individuals with autistic spectrum conditions to live fulfilling and independent lives.

The online course is suitable for learners aged 16 and above, aimed at developing their understanding of what is meant by “autism”, theories and diagnosis, developing an understanding of legislation, guidance and support networks available to individuals and their families. This knowledge-only course looks at strategies that can be used to communicate with individuals with autism and how to support their sensory needs. The course will be of benefit for individuals progressing in employment in a variety of sectors and job roles where an understanding of autism and the knowledge to support individuals with autism is required. However, no real work environment placement is required to achieve this certification. You can study entirely online.

On this Level 2 Understanding Autism course, you will:

  • Study a foundation of relevant models and skills that will equip you to engage in purposeful coaching and mentoring conversations and relationship building.
  • Gain a qualification that counts

It’s useful for learners who provide direct support and those working in sectors such as:

  • Health Care
  • Social Care
  • Leisure Entertainment
  • Education And Training
  • Nursing

Gain an awareness of how autism affects people and explore the best approaches to providing the best support.

  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: X215
  • Qualification code: 601/6330/6
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

Recommended Learning Hours is 152.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

To be awarded the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism, learners are required to successfully complete six mandatory units as part of a portfolio of evidence.

This is a regulated qualification that is internally assessed and externally quality assured. Staff involved in the assessment and internal quality assurance of this qualification are able to demonstrate that they have the relevant occupational knowledge and competence, at the same level or higher as the units being evaluated.

The completion of an ‘Evidence Record’ and ‘Record of Assessment Cycle’ form is mandatory. This will be provided and your tutor will detail exactly what is needed.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism. 

That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In 2015, NCFE acquired CACHE. As of September 2017, our CACHE courses will now be known as NCFE CACHE, and you will receive your certificate from both awarding bodies.

This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 2 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to further learning in the following sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Social Care
  • Education
  • Early Years

Potential qualification routes include:

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Minimum Enrolment Age - 16 years

Credits - 18

Course Content

1: Introduction to autism
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder & Condition
  • Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
  • Exploring Theories of Autism
  • The Syndrome and Spectrum Models
  • Neurodiversity and Autism
  • Diagnosis & Assessment for Children and Young Adults
  • The Prevalence and Characteristics of Autism
  • Triad of Impairments & Evaluation
  • Autism and the Media, Discrimination and Mental Health
  • Communication, Social Interaction, Imagination & Sensory Sensitivity
  • Learning Disabilities & Difficulties and Autism
  • Myths and Misconceptions Surrounding Autism
2: Using a person-centred approach to support individuals with autism
  • Legislation and Guidance
  • Advocacy and Autism
  • Person-centred Approach & Planning
  • Informal Networks
  • Working in Partnership
  • Confidentiality
3: Communication and social interaction in individuals with autism
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Understanding Communication in Autism
  • Processing and Interpreting Verbal Information
  • Difficulties with ‘Theory of Mind’ (ToM)
  • Echolalia
  • Difficulties with Expressive Communication
  • Difficulties with Understanding Rules of Social Communications
  • Alternative Communication Methods & Strategies
  • Understand How Environment Can Aid Communication
4: Sensory processing, perception and cognition in individuals with autism
  • Autism and Sensory Processing
  • Sensory Overload
  • Strategies for Sensory Overload
  • Low Arousal Environment
  • Sensory Stimulation, Activities and Therapies
  • Autism and Processing Information
  • Possible Strategies & Visual Supports
  • Time and Sequence Materials
5: Supporting positive behaviour in individuals with autism
  • Behaviour Within the Context of Autism
  • Strategies for Managing Challenging Behaviour
  • Triggers and Setting Events
  • De-escalation Techniques
  • Coping & Reactive Strategies
  • Helping to Identify Emotions
  • Managing Change and Transition
  • Positive Reinforcement
  • NICE Guidelines
  • Autism and Prompt Dependency
  • Behaviour as a Form of Expression
  • Supporting Individuals Who Are Struggling To Cope
6: Supporting individuals with autism to live healthy and fulfilled lives
  • Development and Puberty
  • Education, Employment and Life Chances
  • Rights of People with Autism
  • Impact of Autism on the Family
  • Positive Aspects of Living with Autism
  • Support to Maintain Personal Safety
  • Safeguarding, Bullying & Exploitation
  • Purpose of Positive Risk-Taking
  • Strategies to Self-protect From Harm & Abuse
  • Cyber Safety & Risk Assessments
  • Autism, Life Events & Transition
  • Bereavement & Support

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!