ADHD is one of the most common childhood conditions and it can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. ADHD is thought to affect between 3-9% of school age children and young people in the UK (NICE, 2013).

Likewise, around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum. Together with their families they make up around 2.8 million people whose lives are touched by autism in the UK alone (National Autism Society, 2016).

The exact cause of both autism and ADHD is poorly understood, and there is currently no known cure although much can be done to support people with these conditions.

The course is designed to help raise awareness and encourage communication and education about these issues in the community and amongst professionals and stakeholders within health and social care settings.

This course will:

  • Help you learn to demonstrate critical competence in communication, compassion and empathy
  • Help you to defend independence and promote a person-centric approach to the understanding of both autism and ADHD
  • Help you learn how to compare, contrast and critique differences between assessment, diagnosis and treatment practices in the UK and internationally

How to enrol?

All of our free courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

Course requirements:

The course is free and widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic device, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before you start the course which will be available when you enrol.


This massive open online course does not hold any credits and cannot be used as a top up for your University credits.

Throughout the learning process you will be awarded a Mozilla open badge for completing each Unit, these are internationally recognised by many employers and educational institutions and will allow you to display your study achievements, even if you only wish to complete a specific unit, so you can add them to your CV or education portfolio.

If you are interested in exploring what else the University of Derby Online Learning has to offer, browse our online courses.