PG Cert Neurodiversity

PG Cert Neurodiversity


Study level
Part time
10 months+

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Course Overview

Arden University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Neurodiversity is designed for anyone seeking to enhance their knowledge in this area. Neurodiversity refers to the different ways a person’s brain processes information. Neurodiversity is an umbrella term used to describe a number of these variations, such as Autism, ADHD and dyslexia. It is estimated that around 1 in 7 people in the UK have some kind of neuro difference. This course focuses on the current issues in the education sector, the workplace, and the criminal justice system. You’ll graduate from the course with a broad foundation in neurodiversity and hands-on skills in understanding and supporting neurodiversity and inclusive practice in your personal and professional life.

The course begins with an introduction to the field of neurodiversity, covering a wide range of areas such as dyslexia, autism, ADHD, and mental health. You’ll then choose two modules pertaining to your interests from the key sectors of education, work, or criminal justice. The course provides theoretical and practical awareness of neurodiversity as a whole and within these three distinct areas. You’ll explore neurodiversity across the lifespan, how it’s categorised, the various diagnostic assessments that are in place, enablers and barriers that neurodivergent individuals might face, inclusive research, and much more. 

Upon graduation, you’ll have gained the ability to translate this knowledge into practice in your current or future workplace. The course is ideal for anyone interested in improving their support of neurodivergent individuals, as well as those who want to pursue roles in equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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Course details and modules

On this postgraduate certificate, you’ll complete three modules totalling 60 credits. Your mandatory first module will introduce you to the topic of neurodiversity, including its key theoretical, historical, and cultural aspects. You’ll then choose two of three elective modules providing you with an in-depth look into their respective areas.

You’ll study each module over a total of 10 weeks. Weeks 1 -8 will cover your module content and weeks 9-10 will give you time to work on your module assessment.

Bettina Finna

Arden is for winners. Nobody will beg you to sit down and start working on your career, if you don’t do it yourself! At Arden, if you have an honest interest for what you learn and you want to reach out for more, you will be welcomed, helped, and advised. But to do that, you must be determined.

Bettina Finna
BSc (Hons) Psychology


  • Introduction to Neurodiversity (20 credits)
  • Neurodiversity in Education (20 credits)
  • Neurodiversity and Work (20 credits)​
  • Neurodiversity in the Criminal Justice System (20 credits)​

How do we assess you?

Unlike on more traditional degree programmes, you won’t sit any exams on this postgraduate certificate. Instead, the course utilises real-world assessments that fit your individual needs. Each aims to provide you with transferable skills for your future and can include:

  • Essays
  • Consultancy Reports
  • Recorded Presentations
  • Case Studies
  • E-Portfolios
  • Visual Research

Study options

Cynthia Blow

I chose online learning because I do not currently have the capacity to attend classes as my days are full with running my household, my elderly parents’ household and tending to the needs of my 3-year-old. Online studying has been extremely helpful because it provides the flexibility I need in order to study at random times during the day or night.

Cynthia Blow
BSc (Hons) Psychology

Part-time online learning 

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location.

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at university. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and access to our Library Portal. The portal includes an extensive digital library including thousands of journal titles, eBooks, and academic and industry databases which you can use to research your assignments and projects. All of these materials are provided to you free of charge, and contain all the research information you’ll need to complete your degree with us.

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have your Kindle handy.

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with like-minded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning.

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Maintenance Loan if they cannot attend their course in person because of a disability. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland you can find information on Living Cost Loans from your student finance body.

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Introducing your Digital Backpack

Once you’ve enrolled on your course with Arden you’ll get access to your Digital Backpack, a toolkit of digital resources we’ve put together to help you succeed during your time studying with us.

Here are some of the digital resources you’ll have available from day one of your course:

  • Office 365 subscription
  • Integrated zoom video conferencing
  • Careers support available through Arden Futures, your careers platform, to help you throughout your career journey whether you are a Career Starter, Changer or Developer
  • Free online access to our Library Portal, which includes thousands of eBooks and journals, as well as industry databases which we’ve carefully hand-picked to support your studies – all yours for free while you study with us
  • Subscription to Togetherall for an abundance of mental health support

Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.


To be eligible for our Postgraduate Certificate in Neurodiversity, you should normally have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2:2) or equivalent.
  • If you don’t hold the above qualification, relevant professional work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English, can be accepted.

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Prof Gail Steptoe-Warren

Arden’s psychology courses are designed to explore human behaviours across diverse areas of psychology. These courses provide you with a range of transferable skills that are valued by employers from a wide range of industries. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Prof Gail Steptoe-Warren
Head of School - Psychology

Career prospects

The valuable and engaging course sets you up with the knowledge and skills to better understand and support neurodiversity and inclusive practice in your professional life. You’ll also have the chance to apply your learning to your areas of interest, helping you develop and refine your professional practice.

What will the Postgraduate Certificate in Neurodiversity do for me?

This degree has been designed to provide you with an in-depth awareness of neurodiversity and how this awareness can be used to improve your work with neurodivergent individuals. While studying, you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the topic of neurodiversity
  • Learn how to support neurodiversity and implement inclusive practice in your professional life
  • Improve your sensitivity in working with neurodivergent individuals
  • Apply your knowledge and experience to real-life scenarios


What can I do after Arden University?

This course is perfect for anyone interested in improving their neurodiversity knowledge and practice, particularly in the areas of education, the workplace, and criminal justice. You’ll graduate with the skills for further study or work in the field, including implementing your learning towards the betterment of your profession in support of:

  • Neurodiverse children ​and/or adults ​
  • Neurodiverse individuals in education, work, or the criminal justice system

Industry skills

Campaign for Social Science 

Arden University is a member of the Campaign for Social Science. 

The Campaign demonstrates how social science improves public policy, society, and all our lives. It highlights the value of applied social science research and advocates for its greater use in decision-making and in government. It is supported by a coalition of universities, social science societies, and publishers.

As a member, Arden receives access to case studies, research into the value provided by social sciences, and insights into the employability of social science graduates. Through this, you will gain a better understanding of the skills you are learning and their value to employers.

LinkedIn Learning

All Arden students will have free access to LinkedIn Learning through the Library Portal. LinkedIn Learning is a video-based online learning platform offering over 16,500 expert-led courses across a wide range of subjects including business, technology, and creative skills.

With LinkedIn Learning, you can:

  • Pursue curated learning pathways aligned with our curriculum and your career goals.
  • Add value to your LinkedIn profile by showcasing your newly acquired skills.
  • Personalise content based on skills relevant to your chosen career path, interests and prior learning.