University of South Wales

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)

SEN/ALN (Autism) (Taught)

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Course summary

A Masters degree in Autism is a major boost to a career. The MA SEN (ASD) course, which is unique in Wales, is for professionals working in the field of social care, education, health or the third sector, who have contact with children or adults on the Autism Spectrum. It is also available to parents or carers who wish to further their knowledge and understanding on Autism at Masters level. The MA SEN (ASD) is the only course that offers study at this level. As such, it attracts a wide range of students from all over south Wales and the west of England, and many international students. As well as a committed team of professionals working in the field of Autism, we have visiting lecturers from the local NHS Trust specialist AS team and The National Autism Association (Wales).


In common with all of the MA Education programmes, students must take the Research Methodology module. In addition, you will study the following three specialist modules: •Supporting children with ASD – This is an introduction to Autism in which you will examine a wide range of strategies that can be used to support children with Autism Spectrum. •The Autistic Spectrum •Understanding Learning Difficulties/Disabilities

Assessment method

Each module is assessed via a written assignment of 5,000 words, which usually takes the form of an essay. Each course member is supported by a tutor who provides individual tutorials and guidance during the assignment writing process.

Entry requirements

A good 1st degree is preferred but experience is greatly valued. Full-time and part-time students choosing modules which have a placement component as part of the assessment process, will need to provide evidence of a current enhanced disclosure and barring service check (or its equivalent if you are an EU or international student). Full-time students wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the internship scheme will also need to provide evidence of a current enhanced disclosure and barring service check (or its equivalent if you are an EU or international student). If English is not your 1st language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band).

Fees and funding

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SEN/ALN (Autism) at University of South Wales - UCAS