Autism Awareness Level 2 NCFE CACHE

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 qualification by NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism 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 course is aimed at developing a learner’s 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. It 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.

On this 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

Our Autism Awareness course shows how autism affects people and explores the person-centred approach 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.

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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: 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: 152

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 a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

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.


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.

Course Outcomes

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

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.

Additional Information
Official Qualification Title
NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
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.
Section 1
Introduction to autism

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 12 months.

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.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

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Rhian Edwards

There has been lots of support offered to me so I can ask away if I’m stuck. This way of studying means I’m able to fit it in around my busy family life and go at my own pace, which eases the stress of a challenging course.

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