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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 | Level 2 | Duration: 30 hours

Certificate in Peer Mentoring

This course, developed by PET and co-written by serving prisoner peer-mentors, will be useful for mentors in all roles, including healthcare, workshops and education. Throughout, there is a focus on developing transferable mentoring skills that will be valuable after release, particularly for those looking to work or volunteer in social care setting, work with young people etc. The course deals with the issues, ideas, concept and theory of mentoring.

The course consists of 9 units:

  1. Mentoring – so what is it?
  2. Let’s Talk Communication
  3. More Personal Baggage Than a Coach Tour
  4. Listening – Er, What?
  5. Mentoring – So What’s It Good For?
  6. ‘Nuff Said! – Boundaries and Confidentiality
  7. Mentoring – Stages and Barriers, and Stages of a Mentoring Relationship
  8. Mirror, Mirror – Time for Reflection
  9. Information

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 8 assessment areas, consisting of 15 tasks

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: None

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

Find Out More: The course was featured in a recent issue of Inside Time – read here.

Visual Arts | Open College of the Arts (OCA) | OCA | Level 4 | Duration: 400 hours

Drawing 1: Drawing Skills

This is a standalone course that develops fundamental drawing techniques such as using line and tone, and understanding perspective, proportion and form. You'll also be encouraged to explore and experiment with surface, scale and media. Please note that learners will need to self-fund or secure a bursary from the OCA for part of the cost of this course, before applying to PET for the remaining £500. This course does not come with art materials - PET can consider funding these, but a separate application will need to be made.

The course consists of 5 parts:

  1. Form and Gesture
  2. Intimacy
  3. Expanse
  4. The Figure and the Head
  5. Personal Project

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English. No previous art qualifications are required, but a portfolio of drawings must be submitted to the OCA for approval in order for them to offer a bursary.

Assignments: 5 assignments, corresponding to the 5 units. The first is a diagnostic assignment, and not submitted for formal assessment.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Prisons should secure some basic study equipment such as pencils, paper and a sketchbook. They should also facilitate communication with tutors, and submit assignments. Students can apply to PET for the basic materials if these cannot be sourced internally.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Another OCA Module, such as Painting 1: Understanding Painting Media, or Painting 1: Practice of Painting

Find Out More: From the OCA here

Visual Arts | NEC | Duration: 80 hours

Art Techniques

This course helps learners develop their drawing and painting techniques. Learners will study and practice various concepts including line, tone, shape, and perceptive colour, whilst also gaining a more insightful understanding of leading artists. Please note that this course does not come with art materials - PET can consider funding these, but a separate application will need to be made.

The course consists of 4 sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Still LIfe
  3. The Human Figure
  4. Themes

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 10 drawn or written assignments. Learners are expected to submit their own works of art and write down their thoughts about pieces covered in the course.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: As well as supporting completion and submission of assignments, prisons should secure some basic art equipment such as:

  1. Acrylic Paints
  2. Paper
  3. Brushes
  4. Drawing Media (Crayons, Pencils etc.)
  5. Sketchbooks

Tutor Support: Yes (12 months)

What’s Next? Art History via NEC, or Practice of Painting via the OCA.

Find Out More: via NEC’s website here

 

Horticulture | Horticultural Correspondence College | RHS | Level 3 | Duration: 156 hours

Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment, and Maintenance

This is one of the two Level 2 modules that make up the Principles of Horticulture Certificate. Ideal for those looking to work in amenity horticulture (gardening), it provides a detailed introduction to planning and building gardens and lawns.

The course consists of 4 lessons:

  1. Garden Features, Plant Selection and Planning
  2. The Choice, Establishment and Maintenance of Garden Plats and Lawns
  3. Production of Vegetables and Fruit
  4. Protected Environments

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 4 assignments, 1 for each unit. Each assignment is marked with feedback, and the next lesson is sent out upon receipt of the previous assignment.

Exams: Yes

Prison Support Requirements: Prisons will need to register candidates with HCC when they are ready to sit exams. HCC will help the prison in applying for “Exceptional Supervision”, which allows the prison to become a temporary RHS exam centre. Staff will need to secure a suitable invigilator and room for the exam to take place. RHS will email across the exam papers, and these need to be kept secure, before returning them via recorded post to HCC upon completion.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? The second Level 2 Module is Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development. Upon completion of this course as well, learners will have completed the Level 2 Principles of Horticulture Certificate. It is recommended, but not essential, that learners pass both Level 2 courses before progressing to the RHS Level 3 courses, which PET also fund.

Find Out More: via the Horticultural Correspondence College here

Horticulture | Horticultural Correspondence College | RHS | Level 2 | Duration: 159 hours

Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development

This is one of the two Level 2 modules that make up the Principles of Horticulture Certificate. This course is ideal for those looking to work in amenity horticulture (gardening), and provides a detailed introduction to plant structure, nutrition, roots, and pests.

The course consists of 4 lessons:

  1. Plant Classification, Structure, and Function
  2. Plant Nutrition and Root Environment
  3. Maintaining Plant Health
  4. Understanding Plant Propagation

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 4 assignments, 1 for each unit. Each assignment is marked with feedback, and the next lesson is sent out upon receipt of the previous assignment.

Exams: Yes

Prison Support Requirements: Prisons will need to register candidates with HCC when they are ready to sit exams. HCC will help the prison in applying for “Exceptional Supervision”, which allows the prison to become a temporary RHS exam centre. Staff will need to secure a suitable invigilator and room for the exam to take place. RHS will email across the exam papers, and these need to be kept secure, before returning them via recorded post to HCC upon completion.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? The second Level 2 Module is Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment, and Maintenance. Upon completion of this course as well, learners will have completed the Level 2 Principles of Horticulture Certificate. It is recommended, but not essential, that learners pass both Level 2 courses before progressing to the RHS Level 3 courses, which PET also fund.

Find Out More: From the Horticultural Correspondence College here

Hospitality and Catering | Stonebridge | ABC | Level 2 | Duration: 80 hours

Snack Bar / Café and Fast Food Management

This course is suitable for those looking to improve their knowledge in the sector, and to operate profitably and professionally. Students will examine a range of topics enabling them to understand the broad range of tasks required to be successful in running a snack bar or fast food outlet.

The course consists of 14 units:

  1. Menus
  2. Recipes
  3. Purchasing
  4. Specifications
  5. Food Preparation
  6. Service
  7. Marketing
  8. Controls
  9. Standards
  10. Training
  11. Physical plant
  12. General Layout and Design Principles
  13. Safety
  14. Hygiene

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 14 assignments, 1 at the end of each unit

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Food and Beverages Management, Hotel Management (both Stonebridge), or IOSH Managing Safely (Clwyd Associates)

Find Out More: From Stonebridge here

Health and Social Care | Distance Learning Centre | ABC | Level 2 | Duration: 120 hours

Understanding Working in the Health Sector

This course is designed for students who are considering, or starting out in, a career in the health sector. It equips learners with underpinning knowledge and understanding of the sector and the wide range of roles within it. This course develops the knowledge and understanding needed to become an effective member of a health care team.

The course consists of six units:

  1. The role of the healthcare worker
  2. Communication skills
  3. Personal development in the health sector
  4. Health, safety and security in the health sector
  5. Understanding quality standrds
  6. Equality, diversity and inclusion

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: Each unit is followed by a written assignment (compromising a portfolio of evidence of learning), which is submitted and then assessed by your tutor

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support submitting assignments

Tutor Support: Yes, for up to 12 months

What’s Next? Level 3 Award in Health and Social Care RQF from NCC

Find Out More: From the Distance Learning Centre directly

Languages | Linguaphone

Languages

Linguaphone offers "Complete Courses" (Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced), in various languages. They are for learners interested in learning how to speak a new language, rather than gaining a new qualification.

The following languages are available:

English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Swedish, Thai and Greek.

Entry Requirements: English Level 2

Assignments: None – these is a self-assessed course.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Ensure access to a CD Player

Tutor Support: No

What’s Next? Another Language!

Find Out More: Linguaphone offer further information here.

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: Level 2 English, but no prior knowledge of this subject is 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: From the HCC’s website here

Construction | ATM Safety | NEBOSH | Level 3 | Duration: 164 hours

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: Level 2 English

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)

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