Non-medical helper (NMH) SKILLS TRAINING COURSE: Mentoring and Study Skills Support for autistic and ADHD students in HE

This in-depth course outlines and addresses the multifaceted challenges experienced by neurodivergent students in higher education.

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event Start date On demand - you can start and progress through this course at any point of the year
currency_pound Cost £150 + vat
hourglass_top Guided learning hours 12-15 hours
hourglass_bottom Directed study hours (reading, research) -
checklist Overall grading type Pass/Fail
school Minimum required entry qualification Degree level
verified Qualification type 15 CPD hours, mandatory qualification for DSA NMH roles
language Delivery Online
schedule Total qualification time The course is based on a total qualification time of 12-15 hours. It can be completed at the participants own speed due to the ‘on demand’ nature of the materials. However, a suggested timeframe for completing the course, alongside work, is 2-4 weeks.


The NMH Skills course is Department of Education approved as one of the mandatory qualifications for the roles of study skills support and autism specialist mentors, combined with prior training in autism. This course is CPD accredited for 15 hrs and is most appropriate for professionals with a degree who already have some training in autism, and who have work experience and understanding of the needs of neurodivergent students in education.

This in-depth course outlines and addresses the multifaceted challenges experienced by neurodivergent students in higher education. The central aim of the course is to equip you to work in a mentoring and study skills and strategy support capacity with autistic and ADHD students. This is achieved through a combination of theoretical frameworks and up to date contemporary research alongside a focus on lived experienced. In order to empower future mentors and study skills and strategy support workers to provide the support that autistic and ADHD students really need and want to thrive in a higher education setting.

This course is accredited to meet the essential requirements for registration as a NMH support worker. Click on the link below to compare your qualifications with the matrix and determine if this is the right course for you.

New 04/23 DSA NMH mandatory Qualifications Matrix link. Please click here to open.

Programme content

The course consists of four units: removing barriers to higher education, mental wellbeing in higher education, social aspects of higher education, and academic aspect of higher education. Each module is delivered ‘on demand’ and utilises a range of interactive materials such as, videos, short lectures, interactive scenario-based learning and quizzes. Each module states clear learning objectives which are assessed through online quizzes.

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Learning objectives

  • To be able to describe autism with reference to different models of disability.
  • To be able to outline some of the key barriers that autistic and ADHD students face in
    higher education and their impact on overall mental wellbeing.
  • To be able to confidently adapt sessions to the benefit of a neurodivergent learner,
    understanding that there is no ‘one-fit-all’ solutions and how a safe space for nonjudgmental
    listening can effectively be built up with each new learner.
  • To evidence understanding of the boundaries of the ASC NMH roles, what they entail,
    and how to sustain a mentoring and study skills and strategy support relationship
    across time and in different contexts. 

Academic advisors

The course combines diverse expert perspectives from autism and ADHD research, both from the UK and internationally. In addition, interview and video content from current UG and PG autistic and ADHD students in education helps provide insight into the barriers that students find in higher education, strategies used to ameliorate these, and crucially, how mentors can work alongside students to identify difficulties and best facilitate support.

Dr Nicholas Chown Dr Nicholas Chown
Dr Elsa Suckle Dr Elsa Suckle
Dr Luke Beardon Dr Luke Beardon
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Sanja Quayle Sanja Quayle
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