Autism Studies (GDip)

the United Kingdom

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About Autism Studies at University of Kent

Location: Canterbury

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.

Intellectual Skills

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

Subject-specific skills

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.

Transferable skills

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.

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