This programme is aimed at people interested in developing their knowledge and skills in the field of autism spectrum, including Asperger syndrome. This specialist pathway is ideal for professionals working in early years, primary or secondary schools, further and higher education, voluntary sector, advisory roles, and residential settings. It would also be available (subject to entry qualifications) to people with a personal interest, for example individuals on the autism spectrum and family members.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road
This programme provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of various aspects related to autism. The modules place specific emphasis on understanding autism from the individual and their family perspective. Theoretical perspectives related to autism and learning are explored in order to better understand the strengths and needs of individuals. A thorough analysis of evidence based approaches will be included in order to evaluate best practice in this field. The aim of the programme is to help participants to reduce the barriers that individuals with autism face in education and wider society. Participants will be encouraged to critically reflect and analyse their practice.
The modules undertaken will vary depending upon the selected exit award (PG certificate, diploma, MA). Each module is 30 level 7 CATs points, the final Dissertation is 60 CATs points. Students progressing to MA will undertake a Research Methods module and will complete a dissertation as part of their study.
Course modules (16/17)
Understanding Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Module code: SENM026
- Core module N
This module develops in-depth knowledge and understanding of the autism spectrum through critical analysis of current perspectives, theory and research. Perceptions of individual needs are explored from the perspective of individuals on the spectrum, families, teachers and professionals from other agencies. Understanding autism is a crucial factor in developing effective interventions.
Autism in the Early Years
- Module code: SENM029
- Core module N
This module considers the nature of autism or social and communication difficulties in young children. The module explores assessment of social interaction, communication, cognition, sensory, behaviour and emotional development in young children who are identified as having autism or social and communication difficulties. Implications for development, teaching and learning for young children are explored, with an emphasis upon the development of early intervention.
Understanding Challenging Behaviour in People with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities
- Module code: SENM024
- Core module Y
This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to gain an understanding of the reasons why individuals with autism and/or learning disabilities exhibit behaviours which can be considered as challenging. It aims to provide an insightful and reflective approach to supporting these individuals by engaging in critical analysis of current perspectives, theory and research as well as considering the views of the individual and their family.
Evaluating Approaches for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
- Module code: SENM027
- Core module Y
This module builds on ‘Understanding the autism spectrum’ or ‘Autism in the Early Years’ and provides opportunities for students to apply knowledge and understanding of autism to developing autism friendly practice. The module examines the range of influences which impact upon the nature of support provided; time will be given to an examination of specific interventions as part of an eclectic approach to individual learning. Key features of autism friendly provision will be critically evaluated.
- Module code: EDUM100
- Core module N
- Module code: EDUM079
- Core module N
- Module code: EDUM077
- Core module N
Students on PG Diploma or MA will study another optional module such as Key concepts in Inclusion or Understanding Severe and Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties. Students on the MA route will then complete an independent research project, either the Dissertation on its own, or the Research Thesis and Research Methods modules together.
Methods of Learning
Modules will be taught through a combination of approaches such as lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, tutorials and independent enquiries. A key strength of our programme is our blended learning approach. This provides the opportunity to learn collaboratively both face to face and online.
For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and online activities which is usually 3 hours per week, per module. We recommend students to spend 10 hours per week, per module in self-directed study time.
PG Certificate– one year full time or between one to two years part-time.
PG Diploma– one year full time or between two to three years part-time.
MA – one year full time or between two to four years part-time.
September, 2016/ 2017, Full-time and Part-time.
Assessment procedures are flexible and sensitive to either personal interests or existing professional workloads. Modules are assessed on the basis of essays, case studies, portfolios or reports and small-scale research projects.
Facilities and Special Features
- virtual Learning environment
- fantastic library facilities
The course is taught by senior lecturers who have extensive professional experience of working with individuals on the autism spectrum across the age and ability range. In addition, lecturers have an extensive research background.
If you are already working in the field of autism then the in-depth knowledge you will gain from this programme can help you to improve your practice or apply for management positions. A range of other career options in education, social care and voluntary sectors will be possible, such as being an advocate, learning mentor, or family adviser. For those who want to pursue further post-graduate research there is also a possibility of studying for a PhD.
For students who do not have any practical experience in the field, optional opportunities to visit settings can be arranged.
How to apply
- An honours degree from a UK institution or equivalent
- Students who have gained credits at M Level 7 from the University of Northampton or from other universities can apply to use these towards the MA SEN and Inclusion (Autism) if they can demonstrate that their studies have been in the field of autism.
- International students should be able to show that they have the required English proficiency (minimum 6.5 IELTS score)
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1000 per 30 credit module|
Students starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2016/17 either full time or part time* may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 Postgraduate Loan (PGL) through Student Finance England.
*Maximum period of study allowed for part time courses is two years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
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How to apply as an international student
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Scholarships available to international students
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