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PET funds 250 different courses, in levels and subjects not usually available in prison.

Courses range from beekeeping to bookkeeping and include GCSEs, A Levels, degree-level study and vocational qualifications.

Discover 2018’s most popular courses

Here you’ll find some of our most popular courses, and a list of what else is on offer.

Counselling and Mentoring | The Institute of Counselling | Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) | Level 5

Certificate in Coaching (CR300)

This course provides an understanding of theoretical models, processes and practical skills. There is an emphasis on self-awareness, personal and professional development, critical reflection and supervision. The value of coaching in sport has been recognised as transferring easily to home and business. This credit rated course will provide you with in depth knowledge, skills and insights as well as develop critical thinking and theory based practice. Please note this is a separate course to the similarly named Certificate in Coaching (610).

The course consists of the following eight units:

  1. The meaning and practice of coaching
  2. Coaching relationships
  3. Coaching and the learning process
  4. The GROW technique; coaching and CBT
  5. Attitude and image management
  6. The role of change and core values
  7. Applying coaching skills in different settings
  8. Systems coaching and professional practice

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: Four written assignments to be tutor marked; and a 4,000 word final assignment based on a coaching session

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support to submit and send off the assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? The Certificate in Mentoring

Find Out More: https://www.instituteofcounselling.org.uk/certificate-in-coaching-credit-rated

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Agriculture | Horticultural Correspondence College | ABC | Level 2 | Duration: 160 hours

Arboriculture

A course that delivers a good theoretical knowledge of arboriculture leading to an industry recognised qualification endorsed by the Royal Forestry Society

The course consists of five compulsory units:

  1. Soil Environments and Woody Plants
  2. Woody Plant Physiology
  3. Supply, Planting and Aftercare of Woody Plants
  4. Principles of Tree Surgery Operations
  5. Tree inspections and Common Law

Plus one of these optional units:

  1. Principles of Woodlands, Forestry and Ecology
  2. Principles of Aerial Surgery

Entry Requirements: No prior knowledge necessary

Assignments: Each lesson requires an assignments which is marked and given feedback

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support / facilitate assignment submission

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? OU Access Module Science, Technology and Maths, leading to an open degree in Natural Sciences

Find out more: https://www.hccollege.co.uk/index.php/course/abc-level-2-certificate-in-arboriculture

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Construction | ATM Safety | NEBOSH | Level 3

NEBOSH Level 3 National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

The NEBOSH courses are designed for safety practitioners who wish to take professional qualifications. They provide core health and safety knowledge that is transferable across both the private and the public sector. The qualifications are in great demand across a range of industries.

This course consists of three units:

  1. NGC1 – Management of Health and Safety
  2. NCC1 – Managing and Controlling Hazards in Construction Activities
  3. NCC2 – Construction Health and Safety: Practical Application

Entry requirements: GCSE or equivalent level of English Language

Assignments: None, but coursework completion is desirable and marked by a tutor (100 questions)

Exams: Two closed book exams on the same day for units NGC1 and NCC1. The NCC2 unit is a workplace practical assessment which needs to be submitted to the course provider.

Prison support requirements: Support to submit coursework; organise and invigilate exams. The Hughes and Ferrett NEBOSH book is also desirable.

Tutor support: Yes

What’s next: NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (Level 6)

Find out more: https://atmsafety.org.uk/epages/20225e02-d568-49aa-a5b1-3476ec72a1cf.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/20225e02-d568-49aa-a5b1-3476ec72a1cf/Products/18/SubProducts/18-003

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Counselling and Mentoring | NCC Home Learning | TQUK | Level 3 | Duration: 130 hours

Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse

This course helps to develop increased understanding of issues and possible responses and interventions around substance misuse.

This course provides the student with knowledge and understanding that can be used by those who either personally, voluntary or professionally have a special interest in this field.

It is comprised of three units:

  1. Understanding Drug Use: Facts, Effects, Symptoms and Attitudes
  2. Understanding Responses to Substance Misuse: Legislation, Harm Reduction and Interventions
  3. Understanding Alcohol and Drug Use in Young People

Entry requirements: No prior knowledge required

Assignments: Series of tutor-marked assignments

External tutor support: Yes

Prison support requirements: Support learners to send off assignments

What’s next? Understanding Mental Healthcare QCF (Level 3)

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Counselling and Mentoring | Stonebridge | NCFE CACHE (RQF) | Level 1 and Level 2 | Duration: 160 hours

Substance Misuse Awareness and Certificate in Counselling Skills (RQF)

This course provides accurate and up-to-date knowledge of substance misuse as well as counselling skills theories.

Prior knowledge required: None

Format: Paper-based

Structure: One unit of Substance misuse plus four units of Counselling related material

  1. Using counselling skills
  2. Introduction of counselling skills theories
  3. Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills
  4. Counselling skills and personal development
  5. Develop an awareness of substance misuse

Assignments: Level 1 – One written assignment on awareness of substance misuse. Self-assessed activities in a workbook plus tutor marked essay

Level 2 – Four written assignments for counselling marked by a tutor

Exam: None

Prison support requirements: Support learners to post their assignments

Tutor support: Yes

What’s next: TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse (RQF) from NCC Home Learning (Ofqual number 603/0154/5)

Find out more: https://www.stonebridge.uk.com/course/substance-misuse-awareness-and-counselling-ncfe-dual-qualification-qcf

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Counselling and Mentoring | Institute of Counselling | Level 4 | Duration: 200 hours

Certificate in Counselling

This is the Institute’s most popular course, having been successfully completed by people from various backgrounds and levels of ability. The syllabus will be particularly attractive if you are a person who wishes to help others and would like to acquire the skills and expertise to be more effective in that role. The course will provide you with a preliminary understanding of the skills and practice of counselling, as well as an appreciation of the personal qualities associated with the collaborative process of helping.

Structure: 1.Introduction to Counselling Theory 2.The Psychodynamic Approach 3.The Behavioural Approach 4.The Person-Centred Approach 5.The Cognitive Approach 6.The Pastoral Approach 7.The Counselling Process 8.Basic Counselling Skills 9.Core Skills of ‘The Skilled Helper’ 10.Professional Practice

Entry Requirements: None

Format: Paper-based

Assignments: Five, marked by tutor

Exam: None

Tutor Support: Yes

Find out more: https://www.instituteofcounselling.org.uk/certificate-in-counselling 

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Business and Management | CUPE International (Change Using Project Environment) | Association for Project Management (APM) | Level 3 | Duration: 40-50 hours

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification

The course offers a fundamental awareness of project management: the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.

The course consists of ten syllabus areas split into 18 modules, including an introductory module and quizzes.

1 Project management and the operating environment
2 Project life cycle
3 Management structures by which projects operate
4 Project management planning
5 Scope management
6 Scheduling and resource management
7 Risk management and issue management
8 Project quality management
9 Communication
10 Leadership and teamwork

Prior knowledge: None required

Assignment/exam: 60 multiple choice questions exam

Prison support requirements: Exam registration and exam invigilation to organise four weeks prior to exam

Tutor support: Yes

Progress: APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Level 6

Find out more: www.cupeinternational.com/elearning-exams/apm-pfq-elearning-exams/ 

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Business and Management | NEC | NEC Certificate | Level 2

Business Start-up (parts 1 and 2)

This is our most comprehensive course for learners interested in setting up their own business. The course lays out what’s needed to ensure that a business idea is viable and how to prepare to launch a venture - from creating your business plan, to choosing premises and developing strategies.

This course is designed to guide learners through the process of setting up a business, covering everything necessary to ensure that a business idea is viable and how to prepare to launch a venture. From creating a business plan, to choosing premises and developing strategies, this course will cover all the information needed to prepare for the world of business. It will be necessary to complete activities and assignments to keep track of learners’ progress.

Find out more: www.nec.ac.uk/courses/business-start

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Accounting and Finance | Futuretrends | CeMAP | Level 3

Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (CeMAP)

A course specifically tailored for PET learners, it provides an introduction to the mortgage advice sector by explaining the rules and regulations that govern the sector.

The course contains three modules, and seven sub-units:

  1. a) Introduction to Financial Services, Environments and Products
    b) UK Financial Services and Regulation
  2. a) Mortgage Law
    b) Policy, Practice and Markets
    c) Mortgage Applications
    d) Mortgage Payment methods and Products
    e) Mortgage Careers and Post completionIssues
  3. Assessment of Mortgage Advice and Knowledge

Entry Requirements: A-Level or equivalent qualification in English, and prior business / finance qualifications or relevant experience also desirable.

Assignments: None

Exams: Yes – requires a separate funding application, and can only be completed in open conditions / upon release.

Prison Support Requirements: Register the learner at the Pearsons VUE centre for exam

Tutor Support: No

What’s Next? Book-keeping Certificate Level 2 (NEC), Sage QCF Qualifications Levels 1-3, CIMA Accredited courses level 4-5

Find Out More: https://www.futuretrend.co.uk/courses/financial_training.html

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Accounting and Finance | Sage Qualifications | CIMA | Level 4 | Duration: 40-50 hours

CIMA Accredited Sage Certificate (Level 4)

Sage have partnered with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), to create a course which offers a theoretical grounding in computerized accounting. The course provides practical skills required by businesses to perform accounting functions. You will be able to benefit from Sage 50 skills, as well as employer valued CIMA certification.

The course consists of seven units:

  1. Introduction: How to make full use of the software, back-up, restore and data security
  2. Transactions from customers and suppliers, including invoice creation
  3. Cash, bank and budget control and reconciliation
  4. Management and comparative reporting
  5. VAT returns, EC sales and Intrastat
  6. Tailoring reports and layouts including email statements and remittances
  7. Project (job) costing for detailed individual job / project control

Entry Requirements: Sage level 1-3 Computerized Accounting for Business

Format of course material: CD-ROM and paper-based. To complete the course, however, learners will require IT access.

Assignments: Self-assessed practical tests

Exams: One case study assessment at the end of Unit 3 (2 hours), and a test at the end of Unit 6 on the case study (45 minutes). Summative test (1.5 hours).

Prison Support Requirements: Ensure learner has adequate IT time and access; organise and invigilate exams

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? CIMA Acccredited Sage Level 5 Higher Certificate

Find out more: https://www.sagequalifications.com/Shop/product-detail/cima-accredited-sage-certificate

 

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Accounting and Finance, Construction | Sage Qualifications | CIMA | Level 5

CIMA Accredited Sage Higher Certificate (Level 5)

Sage have partnered with CIMA to create a course to provide learners with the full range of skills to boost the benefits of Sage 50 Accounts.

The course consists of three units:

  1. Introduction
  2. Sole Trader Accounts, and Year End Process
  3. Controlling Cash, Limited Liability Partnerships, Importing Data, and Limited Companies

Entry Requirements: CIMA Level 4 Certificate and / or experience with Sage 50 software

Format of course material: CD-ROM and paper-based. To complete the course, however, learners will require IT access.

Assignments: Self-assessed practical tests

Exams: Two tests; a case study and a summative test after the completion of the above units (1.5 hours)

Prison Support Requirements: Ensure learner has adequate IT time and access; organize and invigilate exams

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? OU Modules: Starting with Science, Technology and Maths (y033 Access), or Fundamentals of Accounting (B124 Level 1).

Find out more: https://www.sagequalifications.com/Shop/product-detail/cima-accredited-sage-certificate

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Counselling and Mentoring | The Institute of Counselling | IoC Certificate and SQCF | Level 5

Certificate in Coaching (610)

The concept of Coaching has been recognized to have a potential to benefit individuals’ personal development. This course aims to deepen your knowledge and to provide you with the skills related to coaching. This is achieved through providing information and training in essential coaching skills to be able to develop techniques to help fulfill people’s potential. Please note this is a separate course to the similarly named Certificate in Coaching (CR300).

The course consists of the following ten units:

  1. Defining coaching
  2. Describing the coaching process
  3. The tasks of a coach
  4. Seven steps to developing a good coach-client relationship
  5. Understanding and identifying different ‘learning styles’
  6. Attitude and perception management
  7. Coaching through life’s transitions
  8. Coaching core values
  9. Systems coaching: working with groups (including companies, organisations, families and the community)
  10. Ethical guidelines for coaches

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English or equivalent, but no prior knowledge is required.

Assignments: Five assignments to be given tutor feedback and an overall mark at the end.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support learner to complete the course and submit assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Certificate in Coaching (CR300); Certificate in Mentoring

Find Out More: https://www.instituteofcounselling.org.uk/certificate-in-coaching

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Counselling and Mentoring | Stonebridge | QCF | Level 2

Counselling Skills

This qualification will introduce learners to the use of counselling skills in everyday life and also some of the approaches that underpin the use of these skills. Learners will also explore how to engage in a counselling interaction effectively. This qualification does not qualify learners to practise as a counsellor, however, it may be a useful stepping stone for further progress.

The course consists of four units:

  1. Unit 1. Counselling Skills
  2. Unit 2. Introduction to Counselling Skill Theory
  3. Units 3. Diversity and Ethics in the Use of Counselling skills
  4. Unit 4. Counselling Skills and personal development

Entry Requirements: English Level 2, but no previous experience in counselling is required

Assessments: Four written tutor marked assignments (one for each unit, sent one by one)

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support assignment submissions

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse (Level 3); Understanding Mental Health Care QCF (Level 3)

Find out more: https://www.stonebridge.uk.com/course/counselling-skills

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Writing and Proofreading | NEC | Unaccredited | Level 3 | Duration: 30 - 60 hours

Creative Writing – NEC

For those who enjoy writing and are interested in learning more about its technical side, this course gives the underlying knowledge to improve techniques and boost your confidence in writing.

This course looks at writing in different styles, covering all the skills and techniques used in fiction writing. As well as taking a close look at methods used in fiction, students will have a go at writing non-fiction material, such as for magazine articles. It’s a broad and wide-reaching course that will test writing skills and challenge students to write in new ways.

Units: Autobiography, Short stories, Novels, Younger readers, Genre, Play writing, Poetry, Non-fiction, Articles, Reviews

Entry requirements: Level 2 English

Course format: Paper-based. No set texts or resources necessary

Assignment: Eleven tutor-market assignments

External tutor: Yes

Prison support requirements: Support to submit assignments

What’s next? AS English Language or Literature, OU Access course Y031 Starting with Arts and Languages

 

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Writing and Proofreading | The Writers Bureau | Unaccredited | Level 3

Creative Writing – The Writers’ Bureau

This popular course is very wide-ranging and comprehensive, and is suitable for those who wish to develop their writing skills for pleasure, but also for those looking for a course that will help get published. The course is written by professional writers and all the tutors are themselves published. You will learn about style, presentation, copyright, and how to sell your writing.

This course consists of ten units:
1. Your writing style
2. Selling your work
3. Article Writing
4. Legal and business aspects
5. Non-fiction
6. Novels
7. Short stories
8. Characters and dialogue
9. Genre Fiction
10. Writing for TV, radio and theatre

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 10 tutor marked assignments – one for each unit

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? AS Level English (Literature or Language), OU Access Module Y031, Starting with Arts + Languages

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| NEC | TQUK | Level 3

Education and Training Award

This course is designed for anyone interested in delivering training, for example in the workplace, training centre, college, or voluntary organization. This course replaces the popular PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector)., and would suit learners who are involved in teaching others in prison and want to work towards a widely recognised qualification in this field. This course explores the roles and responsibilities of the teacher, and covers topics such as planning and delivering sessions, assessment methods and record keeping.

The course consists of the following sections:

1: Roles, responsibilities and relationships
2: Assessment in education and training
3: Inclusive teaching and learning
4: Planning and preparation

Entry Requirements: GCSE English or equivalent. Applicants also need to be at least 19 years old.

Assignments: Four tutor marked assignments, one for each section

Exams: Yes, practical exam of 15 minute teaching session to your tutor to be awarded the full Award.

Prison Support Requirements: Indicate to NEC whether a Microteach element, including a video of teaching, is possible to complete in the prison.  We can fund this course without the Microteach element, which can then be completed at a later date when it is possible.

Tutor Support: Yes

Find Out More: https://www.nec.ac.uk/courses/level-3-award-education-and-training/

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Accounting and Finance | NEC | IAB | Level 2

Book-keeping Certificate

This is the perfect starter course in this field. It covers all the core elements of book-keeping, ensuring you have the knowledge you need to keep on top of your finances, whether for your own business, or to help find work in this field.

The course consists of the following five units

  1. Financial services and payment methods
  2. Prepare and check business documents
  3. Record transactions in a sub-divided bookkeeping system
  4. Prepare a trial balance and reconciliations
  5. Principles of bookkeeping and VAT

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Level 2 Maths

Assignments: There are 9 practice and IAB assessments in total:

  1. Two practice and two IAB knowledge tests (a series of independent short answer questions made up of multiple choice, gap fill, and true or false type questions)
    a. Principles of bookkeeping and VAT
    b. Financial services and payment methods
  2. Two practice and two IAB written assignments (short case study type questions with several tasks for each case study)
    a. Prepare and check business documents
    b. Prepare a trial balance and reconciliations
  3. One practice exam (self-assessed)
  4. One invigilated IAB exam

Learners have one attempt for each practice assessment and three attempts to pass each IAB assessment. After learners submit and get feedback for the practice assignments, they can complete the IAB assignments, followed by a practice exam. It is necessary to register for the IAB exam.

Exams: Yes

Prison Support Requirements: Support with posting assessments; support with organising and invigilating exam; Examinations require a minimum of 5 weeks’ notice. Exam cost included in the price of the course.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Sage QFC Computerised Accounting for Business (level1 and 2).

Find Out More: https://www.nec.ac.uk/courses/essential-book-keeping/

 

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Construction | Premier School of Building | PSB Diploma | Level 3

Estimating and Tendering

This course is designed as an introduction for students wishing to develop their competence and skills in the preparation of estimating and tendering based on the New Rules of Measurement 2 (NRM2). On completion of the course you should be able to build up rates and prepare and estimate based on a Bill of Quantities.

The course consists of the following 12 units:

  1. Estimating Philosophy / Organisations
  2. Procurement / Documentation
  3. Estimating / the Decision to Tender
  4. Tender Planning Resources
  5. Unit Rate Pricing / (5)  Excavation & Filling
  6. Unit Rate Pricing / (11) In-situ Concrete Works
  7. Unit Rate Pricing / (14) Masonry
  8. Unit Rate Pricing / (16) Carpentry
  9. Unit Rate Pricing / (23) Windows / (24) Doors
  10. Provisional Sums / Daywork
  11. Preliminaries / Cash Flow
  12. Tender Submission and Outcome

Entry Requirements: Level 2 or equivalent in English and Maths, plus a basic knowledge of construction

Assignments: All assessments are based on work submitted i.e. continual assessment. Assessment is based on students submitting their work for comments and grading. The test questions for each lesson should be answered in full and sent monthly together with a completed work submission sheet.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Learners are recommended to have a mentor to assist with their studies. Support with submitting written assignments.

Tutor Support: No

What’s Next? Sustainable Construction Course (Premier School of Building)

Find Out More: http://www.premierschoolofbuilding.com/estimating-and-tendering-course/

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Event Planning | NCC Home Learning | ABC | Level 3 | Duration: 200 hours

Event Management Diploma

Event management courses are highly valued. This is a course that allows you to study a broad base of event management and planning. You will learn about managing conferences and meetings for corporate clients and well as private events including birthday parties, weddings, christenings, naming ceremonies and other celebrations. The course also offers modules of managing events abroad and organising travel arrangements.

The course consists of the following eleven units:

Module 1 – Introduction to Event Management
Module 2 – Introduction to the Event Planning Process
Module 3 – The venue
Module 4 – Catering
Module 5 – Entertainment
Module 6 – Photographic and Audio-Visual Requirements
Module 7 – Staging the Event
Module 8 – Preparing Event Proposals
Module 9 – Marketing and Selling your Events Planning Service
Module 10 – Setting up your Business
Module 11 – Preparing your own Task

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English, but no experience or knowledge is required

Assignments: Eleven written assignments; one for each unit

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support to submit and send written assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Certificate in Principles of Customer Service RQF Level 3

Find Out More: https://www.ncchomelearning.co.uk/event-management-diploma.html

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Sport and Fitness | HFE | REPs | Level 3

Exercise for Older Adults

This course explores how fitness professionals can make a real difference in clients' lives by understanding the ageing process and prescribing safe and effective exercise.

Course content includes:

  • Recommendations for 65+ years of physical activity
  • Understanding changes to the muscular, skeletal, nervous and cardio-respiratory systems
  • Analysing the effects that changes to those systems have on the body
  • How to plan an exercise session for older clients
  • Safely adapting various exercises for older clients

Entry requirements: In order to be certificated for this course, students must already possess an accredited level 2 fitness instruction qualification

Assignments: 2: A worksheet, and a case study

Exams: Multiple choice exam (prison must provide the name of the invgilator and proposed exam date, and liaise with HFE and the awarding body)

Prison support requirements:  Submitting assignments, invigilation of exam

Tutor support: Yes

What’s next: HFE offer a range of similar Level 3 theory courses including Nutrition for Physical Activity. Learners may also wish to consider an Open University degree in Sport Fitness, beginning with an Access Module, or the Level 1 Module An Introduction to Sport and Fitness (E117). 

Find out more: https://www.hfe.co.uk/special-populations/courses/level-3-exercise-for-older-adults/

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Sport and Fitness | HFE | REPs | Level 2

Gym Instructing – Passport to Level 2 Certificate

This Level 2 certificate is the health and fitness industry’s most popular entry-level qualification and is the first step towards becoming a personal trainer.

Gyms, leisure centres and health clubs are vibrant and fast-paced places to work, and they require motivated and knowledgeable professionals to teach exercise to their members. The course also forms the first stage of achieving the highly desirable personal trainer status. Being a gym instructor is an incredibly varied role that could have you doing anything from performing inductions for members, maintaining exercise equipment, giving diet advice, and planning sessions.

Prior knowledge or practical requirement: Level 2 English and Maths

What’s next: Level 3 Gym Instructing

Find out more: https://www.hfe.co.uk/courses/level-2-gym-instructor/

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Education and Advice | NCC Home Learning | RQF | Level 2

Information, Advice or Guidance

This course aims to develop the learners' knowledge and understanding of the key principles of information, advice and guidance, and applying these within their own context. The qualification is designed for individual who work in, or are looking for work in the following areas: Careers advisor, peer mentor, housing support worker etc.

The course consists of the following units:

  1. Information, advice or guidance (IAG) in practive
  2. Developing interaction skills for IAG
  3. Signposting and referral in IAG
  4. Managing Information
  5. Operating within networks to support IAG

Entry requirements: Level 2 in English or equivalent

Assignments: A tutor-marked portfolio of evidence (completed activities in the five unit areas)

Exams: None

Prison support requirements: Support learners to submit assignments

Tutor support: Yes (12 months)

What’s next: Certificate in Mentoring, Certificate in Coaching (Both with the Institute of Counselling)

Find out more: https://www.ncchomelearning.co.uk/information-advice-or-guidance-certificate-level-2-rqf.html

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IOSH course

Health and Safety | Clwyd Associate | IOSH | Level 2 | Duration: 24 hours

IOSH Managing Safely

The IOSH Managing Safely course is widely considered to be the industry standard health and safety training course and qualification for managers, supervisors, and Health and Safety reps. This certificate offers a distinct advantage to anyone seeking a managerial or supervisory position

The course consists of eight modules:

1 Introduction

2 Assessing risks

3 Controlling risks

4 Understanding responsibilities

5 Identifying hazards

6 Investigating incidents

7 Measuring performance

8 Protecting our environment

Prior knowledge: None required

Prison support requirements: Prison workshop placement to organise

What’s next: NEBOSH Level 2

Find out more: http://clwydassociates.co.uk/index.html

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Health and Social Care | NCC Home Learning | RQF | Level 2

Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities

The purpose of the course is to give learners an understanding of how having a learning disability affects individuals and how you can support people to live normal lives and integrate into society

The course consists of the following units:

Unit 1 – Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities
Unit 2 – Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
Unit 3 – Introduction to personalisation in social care
Unit 4 – Principles of positive risk-taking for individuals with disabilities
Unit 5 – Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions
Unit 6 – Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: Coursework is assessed and used to build a portfolio of evidence

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support / facilitate correspondence

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care QCF Level 3 or Understanding Mental Health Care QCF Level 3,

Find Out More: https://www.ncchomelearning.co.uk/principles-of-working-with-individuals-with-learning-disabilities-certificate-level-2-rqf.html

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Health and Social Care | Distance Learning Centre | RQF | Level 2 | Duration: 160 hours

Mental Health Awareness

This course is designed for learners seeking a greater understanding of Mental Health issues

The following units are included:

1 – Understanding Mental Health
2 – Stress
3 – Anxiety
4 – Phobias
5 – Depression
6 – Post-Natal Depression
7 – Bipolar Disorder
8 – Schizophrenia
9 – Dementia
10 – Eating Disorders

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: Coursework and a portfolio of evidence

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Assignment submission

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Understanding  Mental Health Care Level 3

Find Out More: https://www.distance-learning-centre.co.uk/products/307/mental-health-awareness—level-2-certificate–rqf–course.htm

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| ATM Safety | The National Examination Board in Health and Safety (NEBOSH) | Level 2

NEBOSH Level 2 Health and Safety at Work Qualification

The NEBOSH courses are designed for safety practitioners who wish to take professional qualifications. They provide core health and safety knowledge that is transferable across both the private and the public sector. The qualifications are in great demand across a range of industries.

The course consists of two units:

1.HSW1 (Workplace Safety Foundations)

2.HSW2 (Workplace risk assessment). No need for a qualified assessor to supervise.

Prior knowledge or practical requirement: None needed

Assignment/exam: HSW1 assessed by 1 hour MCQ exam; HSW2 assessed by 1 hour practical assessment carried out in the workplace

Prison support requirements: Suitable placement to complete health and safety audit to organise. Staff order exams and invigilate MCQ exam.

Tutor support: Yes

What’s next: Level 3 at NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

Find out more: http://atmsafety.org.uk/

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Health and Safety | ATM Safety | NEBOSH | Level 3

NEBOSH Level 3 National Certificate in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management is a useful qualification for those aiming to develop and implement effective environmental management systems within their organisations. The qualification focuses on the main elements of UK and EC legislation for environmental protection and general principles of the management of environmental and pollution control.

The course consists of two units:

  • EC1: Management and control of environmental hazards
  • EC2: Environmental practical application

In the two units, you will learn about Environmental Management Systems and aspect identification; Sources and use of energy and energy efficiency; Control of pollution; Planning for and dealing with environmental emergencies.

Entry Requirements: GCSE English

Assignments: None but coursework is recommended to send to ATM for comments before exams.

Exams: There is one theoretical (EC1) and one practical invigilated exam (EC2) reflecting the units above. The exam to be completed within 2 years from receiving the course.

Prison Support Requirements: Exam organisation and invigilation; exams are held four times a year

Tutor Support: Yes (12 months)

What’s Next? NEBOSH Level 3 National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety; NEBOSH Level 3 Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

 

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Health and Safety | ATM Safety | NEBOSH | Level 3 | Duration: 130 hours

NEBOSH Level 3 National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

ATM Safety offer a number of courses leading to health and safety qualifications accredited by NEBOSH, which is the main awarding body in this field.

The NEBOSH courses are designed for safety practitioners who wish to take professional qualifications. They provide core health and safety knowledge that is transferable across both the private and the public sector. The qualifications are in great demand across a range of industries.

Prior knowledge or practical requirement: GCSE level of English language

Total Qualification Time: 133 hours

Assignment/exam: Two closed book exams on the same day (NGC1 and GC2). GC3 is a workplace practical assessment.

Prison support requirements: Suitable placement to conduct health and safety audit to organise; Staff invigilation of exams essential

Tutor support: Yes

What’s next: Level 6 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

Find out more: http://atmsafety.org.uk/

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Sport and Fitness | HFE | REPs | Level 3

Nutrition for Physical Activity

The course helps develop knowledge and understanding of key nutritional principles and healthy eating to support client goals. It also provides the learner with skills to analyse client nutritional intake in order to offer advice within scope of practice and integrate into fitness programme design. This course is a mandatory part of the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.

The course consists of the following units:
1. Digestive system
2. Carbohydrates, fats, proteins & water
3. Healthy eating guidelines
4. Weight management
5. Designing a nutrition programme

Entry Requirements: A Level 2 fitness-related qualification

Assignments:
1. Worksheets completions – Covering the principles of nutrition, and important health and safety considerations
2. Case study – Learners create a 3-day food diary based on an individual’s activity. Learners then analyse the results, and produce a set of goals to improve the individual’s dietary practices.

Exams: Yes, 10 question multiple choice exam (30 minutes)

Prison Support Requirements: To support submitting assignments and invigilating of multiple choice exam

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? HFE offer a range of similar Level 3 theory courses including Exercise for Older Adults. Progression is also available via OU – specifically Level 1 Module Introduction to Sport and Fitness E117.

Find out more: https://www.hfe.co.uk/personal-trainer/courses/level-3-nutrition-weight-management/

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Construction | Learn Plumbing | Unaccredited | Level 2

Plumbing Installation Theory

The course starts with the basics of plumbing and covers the theory knowledge needed to gain an NVQ Level 2 in plumbing.

In addition to the supplementary knowledge required for the NVQ, the course also has a module on bathroom design which is one way for mature people to get into the industry, by working on their own account, if they cannot get employment. The course comprises a series of self-study modules, each with a set of multiple-choice questions at the end to test knowledge and understanding and provide evidence of your knowledge of the theory of plumbing installation.

Please note: Whilst this course does not lead to a qualification, it teaches City & Guilds theory and gives learners the foundation to go on to do an accredited practical course.

Required time: 100 hours

Find out more: www.learnplumbing.co.uk/learn_plumbing_installation_theory_course.html

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Health and Social Care | NCC Home Learning | RQF | Level 3 | Duration: 190 hours

Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care Level 3

This is a more advanced course for those looking to work in the health and social care sector. The aim is to further develop knowledge and skills around a wide range of areas relating to working in adult social care.

The course consists of the following units:

Unit 1 – Principles of Communication in Adult Social Care
Unit 2 -Principles of Personal Development in Adult Social Care Settings
Unit 3 -Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
Unit 4 -Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care
Unit 5 -Implementing Duty of Care in Health, Social Care and Children’s and Young People’s Settings
Unit 6 -Understand the Role of the Social Care Worker
Unit 7 -Understand Person-centred Approaches in Adult Health and Social Care
Unit 8 -Understand Health and Safety in Social Care Settings
Unit 9 -Understand How to Handle Information in Social Care Settings

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: Assessed by producing a portfolio of evidence

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Facilitate correspondence and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? Open University Access Module Y032 People, Work and Society

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Health and Social Care | NCC Home Learning | RQF | Level 2 | Duration: 190 hours

Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care Level 2

This course is an ideal starting point for anyone interested in working in social care.

The Level 2 Certificate consists of the following units:

Unit 1: Principles of Communication in Adult Social Care Settings
Unit 2: Principles of Personal Development in Adult Social Care Settings
Unit 3: Principles of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Adult Social Care Settings
Unit 4: Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care
Unit 5: Introduction to Duty of Care in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
Unit 6: Understand the Role of the Social Care Worker
Unit 7: Understand Person-Centred Approaches in Adult Social Care Settings
Unit 8: Understanding Health and Safety in Social Care Settings
Unit 9: Understanding How to Handle Information in Social Care Settings

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: Assessed by producing a portfolio of evidence

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Facilitate correspondence and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

Find Out More: https://www.ncchomelearning.co.uk/cache-level-2-certificate-in-preparing-to-work-in-adult-social-care-rqf.html

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Business and Management | Stonebridge | RQF | Level 3 | Duration: 240 hours

Principles of Customer Service

This course is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge needed to work in a customer focused industry.

Units: 

1.  The customer service environment

2.  Principles of Business

3.  Resolving customers’ problems and complaints

4. Understanding customers and customer retention

5. Understanding how to monitor customer service interactions and feedback

6. Understanding equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

7. Understanding how to manage incidents and collaborate with other departments in a contact centre

Prior requirements: None

Format: Paper-based

Assignment: Seven tutor-marked assignments

External tutor support: Yes

Prison support requirements: Support to submit assignments

What’s next: NCFE Level 3 Principles of Management Certificate

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Business and Management | NCC Home Learning | NCFE | Level 3 | Duration: 240 hours

Principles of Management

This course has been developed to provide management knowledge and skills to both individuals employed in this role or who are new to the area.

Units: 

  1. Principles of people management
  2. Principles of business
  3. Principles of leadership and management
  4. Understand how to improve business performance
  5. Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  6. Understand how to resolve customers’ problems and complaints
  7. Understand how to monitor customer service interactions and feedback.

Prior requirements: None

Format: Paper-based

Assignments: Seven tutor-market assignments

External tutor’s support: Yes

What’s next?: Open University

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| Sage Qualifications | Sage UK and Skillsfirst Award (Ofqual Regulated Qualification Framework) | Level 1 and Level 2 | Duration: 90 hours (Level 1) and 160 hours (Level 2)

Sage Computerised Accounting for Business

Getting qualified as an accountant can also set you up for reliable self-employment. This course provides an introduction to computerised accounting software, double-entry bookkeeping and banking procedures. The course will teach a learner how to use Sage Accounts software and guide them to use more advanced functions, such as producing invoices and management accounts.

Modules:

Level 1: 1.Using a computerised accounting application 2.Introduction to book-keeping 3.Working within book-keeping 4.Banking procedures.

Level 2: 1.Banking procedures 2.Principles of recording and processing financial transactions 3.Principles of VAT 4.Professional values and basic business legislation 5.Setting up accounting software to manage accounting information 6.Process routine payments and receipts using a computerised system 7.Maintaining and recording the cash book 8. Maintaining the journal

Prior knowledge or practical requirement: None needed

Format of course material: CD Rom plus Knowledge and Skills Unit workbooks for self-testing

Assignment: Self-assessed tasks; Formative tests (marked by a learner or tutor)

Exam: Summative tests (marked by a tutor)

Prison support requirements: Computer access required and email to Sage Qualification Ltd to request formative and summative tests. Staff invigilation of summative test essential

Tutor support: Yes

What’s next: Level 3 Sage Computerised Accounting for business

Find out more: https://www.sagequalifications.com/

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Agriculture | Horticultural Correspondence College | HCC | Level 3

Sheep Farming

The need-to-know basics for a modern day shepherd.

The course consists of the following units:

1 – A history of sheep farming and the British sheep industry
2 – The biology of the sheep
3 – Reproductive management
4 – Pregnancy and lambing
5 – Feeding and nutrition
6 – Sheep systems and grassland utilization
7 – Meat production
8 – Milk and wool production
9 – Sheep health and disease
10 – Planning, management and finances (including organic production)

Entry Requirements: You do not need previous farming knowledge or experience to start this course, but PET expect Level 2 English

Assignments: Each lesson requires an assignment which is marked with feedback. Assessment is entirely done by these assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support correspondence

Tutor Support: Tutorial support is offered by post, and also by telephone:  Monday to Friday, 9-5

What’s Next? Mixed Farming (HCC) or an OU natural sciences degree, starting with  Level 1 Module U116 Environments: Journeys Through a Changing World

Find Out More: https://www.hccollege.co.uk/index.php/course/sheep-farming

 

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Design, Engineering, Science | Open University | OU Access | OU Access Module

Starting with Science, Technology and Maths (Y033)

Access modules provide the perfect introduction to university-level study. Study materials are designed to help refresh learning skills and build self-confidence, and each student has a personal OU tutor to support them.

This module introduces a range of subjects, including science; engineering and design; environment; mathematics; and computing and IT. There are three blocks. ‘Life’ explores biology, ecology and how humans interact with and change the environment. ‘Water’ investigates how water has shaped our planet and our lives.  ‘Home’ introduces students to design, engineering and computing. Throughout each block you’ll develop your understanding of the key mathematical ideas and techniques that underpin the study of science and technology.

Total Qualification Time: 270 hours

Prior knowledge or practical requirement: Level 2 English and Maths

Start date: February and October each year

What’s next: Full Undergraduate Degree

Find out more: www.open.ac.uk/courses/do-it/access  

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Arts, English Literature, Languages | Open University | OU Access | OU Access Module

Starting with the Arts and Languages (Y031)

Access modules provide the perfect introduction to university-level study. Study materials are designed to help refresh learning skills and build self-confidence, and each student has a personal OU tutor to support them.

This fascinating introductory module explores a wide range of subjects, including art history, English literature, English language studies, history, modern languages and also touches on the areas of creative writing and religious studies. The different subject areas are linked through the theme of popular protest. The exploration of language will include the study of poems, hip hop and song. Students will also have the opportunity to try out a foreign language at beginners level. In history the module examine the debates surrounding the Chartist and Suffragette movements, and examples of graffiti feature in the exploration of art. This module provides lots of opportunities to develop both study skills and subject knowledge in the arts and languages.

Total Qualification Time: 270 hours

Prior knowledge or practical requirement: Level 2 English and Maths

Start date: February and October each year

What’s next: Full Undergraduate Degree

Find out more: www.open.ac.uk/courses/do-it/access  

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Construction | Premier School of Building | PSB Diploma | Level 3

Sustainable Construction

This course is designed as an introduction for students within the design team wishing to gain a working knowledge of sustainable construction. This course may also be beneficial to students who possess previous knowledge of the topic and wish to study further. On completion of the course, knowledge of sustainable construction methods and application will offer a broad base for future development to apply principles within the environment.

The course consists of the following 11 units:

  1. Sustainable Development
  2. Policy Development
  3. Related Cost
  4. Material Selection
  5. Low Impact Construction
  6. Services 1 – Heating
  7. Services 2 – Electrical Installation
  8. Services 3 – Lighting
  9. Services 4 – Ventilation & Cooling
  10. Services 5 – Water & Sewage
  11. Construction Processes

Entry Requirements: Level 2 in English and a good background in construction

Assignments: All assessments are based on work submitted i.e. continual assessment. Assessment is based on students submitting their work for comments and grading. The test questions for each lesson should be answered in full and sent together monthly with a completed work submission sheet.

Exams: No

Prison Support Requirements: Learners are recommended to have a mentor to assist with their studies. Support with submitting written assignments.

Tutor Support: No

What’s Next? Traditional Construction Course (The Premier School Of Building).

Find Out More: http://www.premierschoolofbuilding.com/sustainable-construction-course/

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Education and Advice | London Teacher Training College | TQUK | Level 5

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

This course has a focus on lesson planning and practical teaching skills which will equip those who are new to the profession and inspire those who already have some experience. It may be useful for those who work as mentors with learners in prison for whom English is a second language.

The course consists of the following eleven units:

1.Principles of Teaching English as a Foreign Language
2.Understanding English Grammar
3.Teaching English Grammar
4.Teaching English Vocabulary
5.Teaching Productive Skills: Speaking and Writing
6.Teaching Receptive Skills: Listening and Reading
7.Materials and Aids for Teaching English
8.Teaching Pronunciation of English
9.Lesson Planning for Teaching English as a Foreign Language
10.Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Young Learners
11.Using Resources Effectively When Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Entry Requirements: Any relevant Level 3 qualification

Assignments: Portfolio of evidence

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support with submitting assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Level 6 OFQUAL Diploma in TESOL (N.B. This is not currently funded by PET)

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Construction | Premier School of Building | PSB Diploma | Level 3

Traditional Construction

This course is an introduction to the traditional methods of construction, and can be used as a prerequisite to other courses including Building Maintenance. On completion of the course you will be able to identify the various methods of construction practice in general use, understand the format of architectural drawings and appreciate how buildings are built - thus combining traditional methods with modern alternatives.

The course consists of the following eleven units:

  1. Timbering Trenches
  2. Types of Foundations
  3. Brickwork
  4. Cavity Wall Construction
  5. Stonemasonry
  6. Arches, Lintels and Centering
  7. Floors
  8. Roofs
  9. Doors & Windows
  10. Finishings / Partitions
  11. Services – Cold Water Supply

Entry Requirements:

Assignments: All assessments are based on work submitted i.e. continual assessment. Assessment is based on students submitting their work for comments and grading. The test questions for each lesson should be answered in full and sent together monthly with a completed work submission sheet.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements:  Learners are recommended to have a mentor to assist with their studies. Support with submitting written assignments.

Tutor Support: No (but questions answered if prison staff asks)

What’s Next? Sustainable Construction course (The Premier School of Building)

Find Out More: http://www.premierschoolofbuilding.com/traditional-construction-course/

 

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Counselling and Mentoring | The Institute of Counselling | IoC Certificate and SQCF | Level 5 | Duration: 170 hours

Addiction Counselling

This course provides an opportunity to improve knowledge on current counselling practices, expanding into a number of areas and addiction types.

The course consists of the following units:

  1. The nature of addictions.
  2. Drug & alcohol addiction.
  3. Gambling addiction.
  4. Food and spending addiction.
  5. Sexual addiction.
  6. Internet Addiction.
  7. Using CBT to treat addictions.
  8. CBT in action – case studies.
  9. Addiction counselling.
  10. Addiction referral networks and resources.

Entry Requirements: Level 2 in English, but no prior counselling knowledge required.

Assignments: Five tutor marked assignments based on case studies, applying the theoretical underpinnings described in the course. The assignments are sent one by one.

Exams: No

Prison Support Requirements: Support learners to submit assessments and pass on the certificate when a course is completed.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Certificate in Coaching (Level 2); Certificate in Mentoring (Level 2)

Find Out More: https://www.instituteofcounselling.org.uk/certificate-in-addiction-counselling

 

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| NCC Home Learning | RQF | Level 3

Understanding Mental Health Care

This course meets the needs of those who support people with mental health problems, but who are not necessarily mental health professionals.

The following units are included:

Unit 1 – Understand the legal, policy and service framework in mental health
Unit 2 – Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
Unit 3 – Understand mental well-being and mental health promotion
Unit 4 – Understand mental health problems
Unit 5 – Understand mental health interventions
Unit 6 – Understand care and support planning and risk management in mental health

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: There are six assignments. The course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments, one at the end of each unit. Once all assignments have been passed the course will be passed over to moderation for completion.

Exams: No

Prison Support Requirements: Support submitting assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Open University: Access Module Yo32: People, Work and Society, or Level 1 Module SDK100: Science and Health

 

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Social sciences | Open University | OU Access | OU Access Module

Understanding people, work and society (Y032)

Access modules provide the perfect introduction to university-level study. Study materials are designed to help refresh learning skills and build self-confidence, and each student has a personal OU tutor to support them.

This module draws from a range of subject areas: children and young people; health; law; management; psychology; and social science. The module is divided into four blocks, each of which deals with a specific theme: individuals; families and relationships; organisations and communities; and society. Within each block, the learner will explore the theme from the perspective of each subject allowing them to develop both subject knowledge and study skills, preparing for further study on a wide variety of OU qualifications.

Total Qualification Time: 270 hours

Prior knowledge or practical requirement: Level 2 English and Maths

Start date: February and October each year

What’s next: Full Undergraduate Degree

Restrictions: Please note the content of Y032 may not be suitable for all students in prison and prison staff should contact PET or the OU to discuss this before applying for Y032.

Find out more: www.open.ac.uk/courses/do-it/access  

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Construction

Advanced Plumbing Theory

Whilst this course does not lead to a qualification, it teaches City & Guilds theory and gives learners the foundation to go on to do an accredited practical course.

| Open University | OU Level 1

Andante: Beginners’ Italian (L195 – 30 credits)

Animal Care | Stonebridge | NCFE | Level 3

Animal Care

Languages | Linguaphone | Unaccredited | Level 3

Arabic

Visual Arts | NEC | NEC Certificate | Level 2

Art History

Beauty | Stonebridge | ABC | Level 3

Beauty Make-Up Professional

Animal Care | The British Beekeepers’ Association | BBKA Certificate | Level 2

Beekeeping (Basic Assessment)

Animal Care | Level 2

Birds Of Prey (Diploma)

| Open University | OU Level 1

Bon Départ: Beginners’ French (L192 – 30 credits)

Business and Management | NEC | AQA | AS-Level / Level 3

Business AS-Level

The National Extension College (NEC) provide Gold Star A-Levels, to prison learners as Part 1 and Part 2. We fund these Gold Star A-Levels initially as Part 1, and if learners complete the Part 1, they will be able to choose to either take the AS exam, or continue on to a Part 2 to build up to a full A-Level.

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