This programme gives you a thorough understanding of autism and helps you to deliver person centred, autism-friendly support. It produces graduates competent in the co-production of strategies likely to result in better support, who can take up employment in education and adult services in specialist and leadership roles.
It will attract parents, teachers and health professionals, social care specialists, support workers, team leaders and service managers, as well as those eager to further both their knowledge and practice, and career opportunities.
To study this programme, you must have completed the Diploma in Higher Education or Foundation Degree in Autism Studies or have a recent, relevant degree. An academic task and interview may also be required, and you should have appropriate work, volunteering or personal experience.
You can discuss and plan further postgraduate opportunities at Tizard with your tutor during your graduate diploma studies.
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- The policy and legal contexts of education and human service provision for individuals with autism spectrum conditions.
- Evidenced-based intervention options in designing support systems for individuals with autism spectrum conditions whose behaviour is described as challenging (with particular reference to positive behaviour support).
- The collection, analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data relating to quality of life of individuals on the autism spectrum.
- Ethical approaches to research.
- Recent developments in autism research, practice and policy.
- Autism culture.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- The ability to review and critically comment upon academic literature
- The ability to critically analyse data in relation to method, reliability and validity
- The ability to use assessment information to develop strategies for problem solving and improving people's quality of life.
- The ability to synthesise information from various sources to draw conclusions on how to best support individuals
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- The use of recognised strategies and techniques to support the provision of high quality support within services, educational or family settings.
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- Communication: Communicate ideas and arguments to others, both in written and spoken form; make short presentations to fellow students and staff; prepare written assignments and reference the materials referred to in accordance with accepted conventions.
- Working with others: Develop interpersonal and team work skills including the abilities to work collaboratively, negotiate, listen and implement change.
- Improving own learning: Be reflective, adaptive and collaborative in one's own learning; explore personal strengths and weaknesses; review working environment; develop skills in time management by delivering academic work on time and to the required standard.
- Problem solving: Identify and define problems; explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them.
- Information Technology: Produce written documents; undertake online research; study and learn independently using library and internet sources.
- Numeracy: Use descriptive statistics in the analysis of quantitative data; represent data visually.
This programme aims to:
- Develop a critical understanding of research methodologies.
- Conceptualise, design and carry out research investigations.
- Develop an understanding of the historical, cultural and social contexts affecting the support and understanding of individuals on the autism spectrum.
- Develop a critical understanding of current research, practice and policy topics, including an awareness of the impact on different stakeholders.