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Health & Social Care

Advancing Collaborative Practice - Autism Spectrum Condition/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development:

This award is ideal if you are a senior practitioner working in one of a variety of settings and wish to advance your knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of autism spectrum conditions and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Course information

Part-time

  • 10 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 20, Level:Master's
  • Enrolment date: April/May
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £750

Contact details

Further information

  • Limited HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants (you must check this with admissions before applying).
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.


Throughout this award you develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of autism spectrum conditions and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to an advanced level in applied, person-centred care for people living with autism spectrum conditions and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

You develop a critical understanding of the diversity and co-existence of these conditions and the evidence base for meaningful interventions to improve outcomes.

You study:

  • defining conditions and diagnostic criteria - implications and issues
  • assessment tools, issues and differential diagnosis
  • key drivers and key social policy and legislation within the context of service provision for people living with autism spectrum conditions and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • the impact of the conditions, exploring pervasive features
  • explanations for autism, theory of mind, executive functioning and central coherence
  • functional analysis and applied behavioural analysis
  • learning theories and educational perspectives
  • ways to improve attention
  • proactive strategies and interventions to reduce the impact of difficulties.

This course is delivered at the Centre for Professional and Executive Development, Darlington campus, and the Middlesbrough campus.

How you learn

Your learning consists of a range of face-to-face sessions blended with online resources.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by a 4,000-word case study of a service user known to yourself. This assesses your ability to demonstrate a critical understanding of assessment, planning and evaluation processes in relation to working with an individual living with an autism condition and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (depending on your working environment), together with being able to critically evaluate the evidence base for supporting people living with autism spectrum conditions and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Entry requirements

You must have evidence of studying at Level 6.

Course information

Part-time

  • 10 weeks

More part-time details

  • Credits: 20, Level:Master's
  • Enrolment date: April/May
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £750

Contact details

Further information