Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

PgDip/MSc Autism Practice

These programmes are consistent with the philosophy and criteria set out in the Autism Act (2009) and Autism Strategy (2010). The philosophy and outcomes are also consistent with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence 2012 guidelines on autism.

Course information

Part-time

  • PgDip: 2 years, MSc: 3 years

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September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
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Note: this course is available from September 2017.

The overall aims of the programmes are to:

  • facilitate your acquisition of substantial knowledge and skills appropriate to postgraduate study and integrates your advanced knowledge and skills related to autism practice
  • develop the skills and attitudes necessary for you to promote evidence-based practice and research in autism practice
  • develop your critical understanding of the necessary research methodologies to locate and critically appraise research to advance practice when working with people with autism spectrum conditions
  • foster your commitment to lifelong learning and encourages an inquisitive approach to practice.

You focus on the person-centred support of service users and apply supportive interventions and strategies in ways that build on your previous study, employment and/or practice experiences. You are prepared to conduct research that is linked to the field of autism practice and to advance your knowledge of the discipline of specialist autism practice. You will apply theories and constructs related to autism in a workplace setting to make sense of complex situations and enhance your skills development through action or problem-based projects and practical experience. These programmes also facilitate the development of leading change and service improvement, developing services to meet diverse needs of people with autism, underpinned by a sound ethical framework.

You focus on the person-centred support of service users and apply supportive interventions and strategies in ways that build upon your previous study and employment/practice experiences. You are prepared to conduct research linked to the field of autism practice to advance your knowledge and understanding of autism spectrum conditions, enabling you to develop your knowledge of specialist autism practice. You ares also enable to apply theories and constructs related to autism in a workplace setting to make sense of complex situations and enhance your skills development through action or problem-based projects and practical experience.

The programme is underpinned by a sound ethical framework and facilitates the development of leading change and service improvement, developing services to meet diverse needs of people with autism.

Course structure

Core modules

Advancing Practice When Working with People with Autism Spectrum Conditions

You advance your knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of autism, in a variety of practice-based settings. This is achieved by examining and critically evaluating a range of interventions which are person-centred, non-aversive, evidence-based, empowering and promote social inclusion. You also develop a critical understanding of the concept underlying autism spectrum conditions and how they manifest.

Designing Research Projects

You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s programme.

Evidence-based Practice

You enhance your skills as a professional practicing evidence-based health care. This module also helps your transition to postgraduate study. You develop key skills that are transferable to subsequent modules, such as literature searching and using advanced critical appraisal skills as an integral part of decision making in health and social care. You also learn how to apply the principles of change management to implement evidence in practice. We use a variety of approaches to teaching including e-learning, formal lectures, seminars and practical activities.

Service Improvement for Autism Spectrum Conditions

You develop as a practitioners able to respond to and apply legislation from the Autism Act, (2009), and guidance from the Autism Strategy (DH, 2010). This is achieved by developing a robust knowledge base, to advance your ability to plan, implement and lead change and service improvement.

 

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Dissertation

Here you consolidate and develop further skills and knowledge from previous modules. More specifically you synthesise learning as you apply your research-related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study. You use a range of different methodologies for your study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

These programme use e-learning as a key resource to enhance your learning and support. You use our virtual learning environment, e-learning@tees for all of your modules. we provide links to useful online resources and web-based interactive activities related to autism.

You also learn through discussion boards remotely from your home or at your practice placement site. In addition you learn through keynote lectures, seminars, case-study and scenario-based discussions and critical incident analyses in the form of group work. This enhances your learning and provides support for your modular assessment.

We use debate and argument to stimulate you to be an active participant in your reflective learning process. The programme team includes members with research experience and there is an emphasis on research-informed teaching.

How you are assessed

Each module carries an assessed element which is integrated with the learning outcomes of the module and award. It requires a critical appreciation of the subject matter and its implications for practice.

Your work is assessed through essays, case studies, project work and a final dissertation if you are enrolled on the MSc Autism Practice.

Work placement

You must work in a practice setting for this programme within your own area of employment.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities include a range of services in health and social care settings where individuals with autism require support.

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.2 and above and be working in a practice setting. Applicants with non-standard entry requirements are considered on an individual basis.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

Course information

Part-time

  • PgDip: 2 years, MSc: 3 years

More part-time details

September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
    More details about our fees

Contact details

Further information