PG Cert in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Course Description

A one year totally online course, which teaches students the fundamentals of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The PGCert in ADHD is a joint programme between NSPC and Middlesex University, leading to a PGCert awarded by MIddlesex University.

Programme of Study

Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder: Students will learn about the presentations of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and of the impact of this disorder on the affected person and on the people close to them. It also aims to provide a comprehensive account of contemporary knowledge about the causes and effective treatments of ADHD, and to enable the student to be able to combine these personal and scientific perspectives.

Neuropsychological and neurobiological approaches to atypical development: This module aims to provide all of the necessary biological and psychosocial knowledge for a student to be able to read and understand the scientific literature on the causes, development, ascertainment, impact, and management of the neurodevelopmental disorder. Giving students a foundational knowledge base, that also assists completion of other modules of the course.

Development through the life span: Autism and neurodiversity involves issues of development and within this module students will learn to critically appraise developmental theories, demonstrating how physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development interact and how theories of development, and developmental stages, can be applied to counselling psychology. Development stage theories will be evaluated in the context of the existential reflections on the purpose of development as an unfolding project.

Social, Cultural, and ethical issues: This module will cover cultural variations, and the impact of social organization and culture on morals, values, and social expectation. It will enable students to make appropriate decisions about consent, confidentiality, discrimination, exploitation, fairness, duty of care, and other ethical and moral quandaries in professional practice.


Research Methods Module: This module will provide an understanding of the contribution of research to the growth of knowledge and the effectiveness of practice. It will give the student a grounding in research approaches, with particular attention to the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Accreditation and Careers

This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

This postgraduate course provide mental health, social care and education focused professionals with the qualifications to work as specialists in their fields of practice. Opening up career opportunities with autism/neurodiversity specialist services and centres (e.g. assessment, mental health, further education). The courses also enhance the skills and knowledge of those already working as autism/neurodiversity specialists.


Year of course

Modules to be completed in year

Fee payable per year

(if no modules have to be repeated)


4 modules over 3 terms


*NB There is one textbook that you are required to buy, but many students also buy books from our recommended reading list.

Fees are charged per module as you take them, so costs are spread across each year rather than by an annual lump sum.

Entry Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in any subject (equivalent experience may be acceptable)
  • Fluent English
  • Personal suitability to be determined at interview
  • Reliable internet connection

How You Study

The course is delivered wholly online. Modules are undertaken using a bespoke learning platform called Moodle. The theory modules are mainly asynchronous, so can easy to fit around a busy life, or caring commitments and is accessible worldwide. Students work through weekly materials online, posting and discussing in the forum with the group and tutor. A weekly quiz ensures that you are absorbing the materials.

Students will have a weekly online chat with tutors and other students, at a time and day decided between group members.

It is possible to apply for a PGCert, PGDip or Msc in Autism.

MIddlesex University


Open Day

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