Course Title: Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4420 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

Course Title: Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


535T Social Care and Health

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2023

Course Contact: Jacqui Cheng and Melanie Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254918; 99254059

Course Contact Email:;

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to provide support to students who have educational needs associated with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

The unit applies to education support workers who operate under the guidance and supervision of a teacher or other educational professional. They work mainly with students in classroom settings in primary or secondary schools, as defined by State/Territory legislation. 

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice. You will use reading, writing and oral skills to interpret unfamiliar information about ASD, interpret to understand (and record) organisational policies and procedures, policies and procedures to do with the organisation you will be working in. In addition, you will learn effective communication skills to interact with students to build a rapport and be able to foresee the need to support students with ASD. 


This unit is clustered for delivery and assessment with Work with students in need of additional learning support (CHCEDS048) 


Assessment for this course includes role-plays, portfolio and presentation, reflection and practical activity. 

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CHCEDS056 Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder


1. Research autism spectrum disorder.

2. Provide support to teachers.

3. Provide support to students

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the researching and supporting students with autism spectrum disorder and supporting teachers in their role.

Overview of Assessment

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas.  

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.