Special Educational Needs of Pupils with Autism

Professional Education, Dubai campus


21 September 2020 – 22 January 2021

Course Type
Continuing professional development
20 credit hours
9,675 AED 
Dr Sarah Benson
Module Code11 36005 

Our Special Educational Needs of Pupils with Autism module aims to provide knowledge of the main characteristics of autism and of the continuum of educational provision for these children.

You will be made aware of the educational needs of pupils with autism and the way these will vary according to individual differences and the particular pattern of skills and abilities. The continuum of educational provision post-secondary and the issue of inclusion will be discussed. The understanding and management of challenging behaviours in autism will also covered in this module.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you should be able to:

  • Know and understand the core diagnostic criteria of autism and the implications of these for professionals, parents and the child
  • Have knowledge of the factors leading to behaviour which challenges and have learned positive intervention strategies to address these
  • Appreciate that there are differences between pupils on the autism spectrum depending on their intellectual ability, the severity of their autism, their personality, gender, culture and other factors
  • Understand the factors that affect learning and teaching in autism, and potential strategies to support students on the autism spectrum

Why study with us?

This professional development qualification is taught at the Master’s level, and is a full term university module. The University of Birmingham is a global top 100 University and the School of Education is ranked in the top 40 in the world, 12 in Europe and 9 in the UK (QS World Rankings 2020).

Our staff are world-leading researchers in their subject areas and are backed by leading research institutes such as the Autism Center for Education and Research (ACER) and the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research. This ensures that the curriculum is informed by current research practice and knowledge, and that it adopts approaches to learning that support the research ethos.

If all three core Inclusion and Special Educational Needs modules are completed, you will exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs.

Who should attend?

Classroom and certified teachers or learning support assistants looking to gain insight and greater knowledge on how to make their classrooms more inclusive for students with autism. Current leaders of provision and special education needs coordinators looking to engage in scholarship in their subject area or expand their knowledge of autism. Career switchers who are curious about pursuing their new career in education but not yet ready to commit and policy-makers who would like to expand their knowledge. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this programme are expected to have an undergraduate degree and relevant professional experience, training, or other qualifications and experience deemed suitable for entry onto this programme. The minimum undergraduate degree result must be at least a 2:1 or equivalent (GPA 3.0/4.0; or 75%).

You will need to demonstrate that you have a fluent level of written and spoken English. You can demonstrate your level of English with IELTS or alternative qualifications (TOEFL, PTE, Cambridge English). The minimum IELTS score for consideration is 6.5, with a 7.5 and above preferred.

Alternative English Language qualifications

For those joining us for 2020, we will accept the following tests as evidence of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL “At Home” Test
  • Duolingo English Test
  • Password English
  • Chinese College English Test (CET-6) (please note that this must be accompanied by at least a 6 week Pre-sessional English programme)

To apply for a single module please complete this application form and please quote module code 11 36005 

Learning and Teaching

Your lectures and seminars at the University of Birmingham’s Dubai campus will include:

  • Two teaching weekends at the beginning and end of term
  • Supported evening seminars
  • Engaging online platform

There will be a practical final assessment based on University Masters’ level criteria.