Autism Across the Lifespan (C8903)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

In this module, you'll study autism spectrum disorder, a neurodevelopmental condition, across all stages of the lifespan – from early childhood into old age.

You'll focus on cognition, whilst contextualising the condition at different stages of development.

You’ll explore areas in childhood and adolescence, including:

  • memory
  • language
  • learning
  • the ‘self’
  • mental health
  • transgender issues

You will also examine adulthood topics including:

  • Bayesian theories of perception
  • maternal autism
  • memory
  • sensory
  • emotional processing

You will finish with addressing some of the consequences of ageing in autism.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


35%: Coursework (Portfolio, Report)
65%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: