The MA Special Educational Needs (Autistic Spectrum) course is for you if you’re a professional working in the field of social care, education, health or the third sector, who has contact with children and young people on the autism spectrum, or a parent/career who wishes to further their knowledge and understanding of Autism.
The course is unique in Wales as it is the only course that offers study at this level. It attracts a wide range of students from all over south Wales and the west of England. European and international students regularly choose the University of South Wales for their studies, and currently Greece, Malta, the USA, India and Pakistan are all represented.
The course has a committed team of professionals working in the field of Autism who are happy to share their expertise. In addition, the university also offers individuals who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition who are happy to share their experiences with the students. This is complemented by workshops, group discussion and student led seminars.
Licenciado/Título de Ingeniero/Título de Arquitecto with an average of 6.0-6.9, Aprobado or above
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score 6.5 with at least a 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score 88
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programmes
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each elemen
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
Autism Spectrum Disorder: Description and Definitions
This module is intended to challenge you to explore new ways of understanding the autism spectrum across the lifespan. This is done through the evaluation of theoretical definitions and classifications but also from the personal testimonies of individuals on the spectrum. It will offer you the opportunity to build upon your understanding of the different ways people with a spectrum disorder experience the world around them and how this is associated with differences in thinking and learning. As well as considering the Triad of Impairments, there will be a focus upon the development of communication skills and sensory perceptual differences and their potential relationship with challenging behaviour.
Autism Spectrum Disorder: Assessment and Person Centered Planning
During this module you will consider what constitutes good practice in terms of assessing and planning positive personalised support for children and adults on the autism spectrum. It will offer you the opportunity to critically review a range of assessment tools and methods in terms of their reliability and validity, and critically consider the role assessment plays in your own work setting when planning effective and positive support for living and learning. The module considers both inter-professional and inter-agency working as well as partnership working with the individual on the spectrum and/or their family and carers as part of the process of assessment and planning.
Autism Spectrum: Supporting the individual
This module offers you the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of a range of strategies that can be used to support children and adults with a spectrum disorder, and to consider these in the light of their own professional practice. A variety of strategies and interventions will be identified and critically reviewed in light of their efficacy and evaluated in terms of their effectiveness.
In addition you will review the variety of factors that influence the implementation of personalised provision and in particular how families are supported. There will be a particular focus upon identifying strategies that enhance communication and low arousal environments to improve the living and learning experiences of the individual with a spectrum disorder.
In addition to the three Autism modules you will take the compulsory Research Methodology module.
Full-time students are offered the opportunity to secure a voluntary placement during their year’s study.
To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.
Learning and teaching methods
You will learn through a combination of workshops, group discussions and student led seminars.
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