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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.

| 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: None

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, or an Open University module.

Find Out More: Linguaphone offer further information here.

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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: From the HCC’s website here

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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: 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)

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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: From Stonebridge here

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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.

The course consists of the following units:

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

Assignments: Five, marked by tutor

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

Find out more: From the Institute of Counselling here

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Animal Care | Stonebridge | Level 3 | Duration: 140 hours

Animal Care

This course is designed to assist learners in understanding the basic needs of animals including: cats, dogs, horses, birds, rabbits, reptiles, amphibians, guinea pigs, hamsters and mice. Students will gain and understanding of the animals and their needs, covering topics ranging from anatomy to nutrition and health.

The course consists of the following 7 units:

  1. Cats
  2. Dogs
  3. Horses
  4. Birds
  5. Rabbits
  6. Reptiles and Amphibians
  7. Guinea Pigs, Hamsters and Mice

Entry Requirements: None

Assignments: At the end of each unit there is a question paper

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Dog Grooming Professional (Stonebridge), Horse Knowledge and Care Stage 1 (Open College of Equine Studies), Introduction to Canine Psychology (Animal Care College)

Find Out More: Via Stonebridge here

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Animal Care | Compass Education | Level 2 | Duration: 120 hours

Birds Of Prey (Diploma)

This diploma covers raptors world-wide, including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and vultures. The course explroes habitats, characteristics, origins and behaviours of various birds.

The course consists of six modules:

  1. Origins and Characteristics
  2. Eagles
  3. Hawks
  4. Falcons
  5. Owls
  6. Vultures

Entry Requirements: None

Assignments: There are assignments for each of the modules, all of which need to be passes in order to gain the diploma.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support learners with submission of assignments, and facilitate communication between the learner and personal tutor.

Tutor Support: Yes

Find Out More: On Compass Education’s website here

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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 completion Issues
  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: From FutureTrend here

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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: On Sage’s website here

 

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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: On Sage’s website here

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Engineering | Premier School of Building | PSB Diploma | Level 3 | Duration: 80 hours

Civil Engineering Technology

This is an introductory level course for those interested in civil engineering. It covers a range of topics, from regulations and site-work to technical details on construction and building work.

The course consists of the following eleven units:

This course covers the following 11 lessons:

  1. Introduction to Regulations
  2. Site Investigation & Design Principles
  3. Construction Plant
  4. Foundations & Piling
  5. Concrete Work
  6. Reinforcement & Formwork
  7. Brickwork
  8. Steelwork & Cladding
  9. Precast & Pre-stressed Concrete
  10. Retaining Walls
  11. Drainage

Entry Requirements: No prior knowledge or qualifications in construction are required

Assignments: The test questions for each lesson and a completed work submission sheet need to be sent for assessment. This material will be graded and returned to learners with constructive feedback.

Exams: No

Prison Support Requirements:Support assignments and facilitate correspondence and submission of work.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Diploma in Sustainable Construction, Diploma in Traditional Construction, Diploma in Estimating and Tendering

Find Out More: On the PSB’s website here

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Counselling and Mentoring | The Institute of Counselling | Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) | Level 5 | Duration: 200 hours

Certificate in Coaching (CR300)

This course provides an understanding of theoretical models, processes and practical skills of coaching. There is an emphasis on self-awareness, personal and professional development, critical reflection supervision.

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 or equivalent, but no prior knowledge is required.

Assignments: Four written assignments, plus a 4,000 word final assignment based on a coaching session.

Exams: None

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

Tutor Support: Yes

Find Out More: From the Institute of Counselling here

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Horticulture | Horticultural Correspondence College | HCC | Level 3 | Duration: 117 hours

Conservation Studies

This introductory course aims to give you a solid understanding of the conservation and ecology of the British countryside and environment. Learners will study different habitats and their management - from woodlands and wetlands to hedgerows and heathlands - and learn about ecological principles, historical background and relevant legislation.

The course has ten lessons:

  1. Tree biology and woodland ecology
  2. Hedgerows and verges
  3. Wetlands
  4. Heathlands
  5. Seashore conservation
  6. Access to the countryside
  7. Agriculture and habitat
  8. Towards a sustainable society
  9. The urban fringe and urban wildlife
  10. Conclusions and perspective

Entry Requirements: None

Assignments: Ten tutor marked written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support submission of assignments and facilitate tutor support

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Open University Level 1 Module U116: Environment: Journeys Through a Changing World, which could lead to a natural sciences degree. Alternatively you could consider an RHS Level 3 Horticulture course, such as Level 3 Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting from HCC.

Find Out More: From HCC here 

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Construction | Study House | ABC | Level 3

Construction Technologies Theory

This course provides a foundation in the principles of construction and the skills involved. You will learn about construction design, planning processes, construction materials and explore a range of traditional and modern construction methods.

The course contains three units:

  1. Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment (60 hours)
  2. Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment (60 hours)
  3. Construction Technology and Design in Construction and Civil Engineering (60 hours)

Entry Requirements: No prior knowledge or qualifications required

Assignments: Three tutor marked assignments – one for each unit

Exams: No

Prison Support Requirements: Support and send off correspondence and assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Diploma in Sustainable Construction (Level 4)

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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: On Stonebridge’s website here

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Business and Management | Rocketeer | Level 3 | Duration: 120 hours

Creating and Starting a Digital Business

This course is ideal for people looking to launch a small local enterprise, or those with aspirations to run a global digital company. The course covers marketing, business planning, finance and networking, taking you from the business conception through to making your first sale. It also ensures learners are up to date with current technological possibilities.

The course consists of 5 steps:

Step 1: Research – How to Find Your Money-Making Opportunity
Step 2: Choose – How to Narrow Down the Right Business Idea for You
Step 3: Design – Plan For Success
Step 4: Build – How to Construct Your Business
Step 5: Launch – How to Start Making Money

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Assignments: Each module has a number of self-assessed tasks and activities. Once these are completed, this creates the basis for a business plan. A “Business Plan Generator” is included with the course.

There are also three additional comprehensive assessment sections – these are submitted and marked before the certificate is issued.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support learners through units and submit assessments

Tutor Support: Rocketeer offer email and phone support if required. Students can also access Rocketeer’s platform for 12 months after realase at no charge to continue their study.

What’s Next? Principles of Management Level 3 RQF (NCC Home Learning)

Find Out More: Rocketeer provide more information here

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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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Animal Care | Stonebridge | Level 3 | Duration: 96 hours

Dog Grooming Professional

This course teaches students how to groom dogs effectively and professionally, covering a diverse range of topics including safety, canine anatomy, first aid, bathing, brushing and trimming.

The course consists of 12 units:

  1. Welcome and Safety
  2. Business Basics
  3. Getting Started
  4. Anatomy and Health
  5. Pre-bath
  6. Bathin
  7. Drying
  8. Ears, Eyes, Teeth, Feet and Bum
  9. Smooth and Medium Coats
  10. Long Coats
  11. Wire Coats
  12. Curly Coats

Entry Requirements: None

Assignments: 12 written assignments, one for each unit.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Animal Care Level 3 (Stonebridge), Introduction to Canine Psychology (Animal Care College)

Find Out More: via Stonebridge here

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Education and Advice | NEC | TQUK | Level 3 | Duration: 55 hours

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: From NEC here

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Engineering | Study House | ABC | Level 3 | Duration: 180 hours

Electrical Technologies Theory

This course will introduce you to a range of processes and regulations required in good practice for electricians and electrical engineers, especially in a construction environment. This includes a comprehensive overview of health & safety protocols.

The course consists of three units:

  1. Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment (60 hours)
  2. Electrical Principles in Building Services Engineering (60 hours)
  3. Electrical Installation Standards and Components in Building Services Engineering (60 hours)

Entry Requirements: No prior knowledge or qualifications required

Assignments: Three tutor support assignments – one for each unit.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support and send off correspondence and assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Level 3 Certificate in Heating, Ventilation&Air Conditioning(HVAC), or 18th Edition Wiring Regulations

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| Stonebridge | ABC | Level 4 | Duration: 105 hours

Environmental Waste Management

This course covers the knowledge required for the managing, collecting and disposing of waste in the work place. It also includes waste treatment and management, including recycling and street cleaning.

The course consists of 7 units:

  1. Conservation and waste
  2. Sewerage
  3. Street cleaning and the disposal of refuse
  4. The effects of industry on the environment
  5. Nuclear fuel and waste
  6. Water and its treatment
  7. Waste and recycling

Entry Requirements: None

Assignments: 7 assignments (one per unit), which is marked and returned for feedback.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support the sending of correspondence

Tutor Support: Yes via post

What’s Next? NEBOSH Environmental courses, Open University Access Modules, or Level 1 Module Environment: Journeys into a Changing World (U116). 

Find Out More: On Stonebridge’s website here

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Accounting and Finance | NEC | IAB | Level 2 | Duration: 120 hours

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: From NEC directly here

 

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Construction | Premier School of Building | PSB Diploma | Level 3 | Duration: 80 hours

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: On the Premier School of Building’s website here

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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: From NCC’s website here

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Sport and Fitness | HFE | REPs | Level 3 | Duration: 40 hours

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: On HFE’s website here

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Agriculture | Stonebridge | ABC | Level 3 | Duration: 110 hours

Farming Management

This course covers many aspects of farm management, including managing livestock and crops, as well as financial aspects and marketing.

The course consists of 14 units:

  1. The Farm Site
  2. Production Systems
  3. Managing Livestock
  4. Managing Pastures
  5. Managing Crops
  6. Managing Equipment and Materials
  7. Computer Applications
  8. Farm Structure and Buildings
  9. Financial Aspects
  10. Marketing
  11. Farm Planning
  12. Staff Management
  13. Water Management
  14. Diversification

Entry Requirements: None

Assignments: 14 written assignments (one for each unit)

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Organic Arable Farming (HCC), or Mixed Farming (HCC)

Find Out More: From Stonebrige here

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Agriculture | Institute of Fisheries Management | IFM | Level 3

Fisheries Management

People aspiring to work in the water industry, for example as a water bailiff, fisheries inspector, or a similar position in a commercial run fisheries would be well-advised to consider this course. It provides a sound knowledge base for those interested in running their own fisheries too.

The course consists of seven modules:

  1. Water Quality
  2. Freshwater and Fish Biology
  3. Fisheries Law
  4. Fish Culture and Husbandry
  5. Fisheries Maintenance, Monitoring and Improvements
  6. Angling and Recreation
  7. Fisheries Enforcement

Entry Requirements: Applicants needs to be able to sit the exams in either September or January of each year.

Assignments: Coursework to be sent to tutors for feedback.

Exams: Six 90 minute “open book” exams are required. The fixed exam topics are Modules 1-3. Learners then select 3 of the remaining units for the rest of their assessment.

Prison Support Requirements: Support sending off assignments, and organising and invigilating exams

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Conservation Studies (HCC)

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Sport and Fitness | HFE | REPs | Level 2 | Duration: 211 hours

Gym Instructing – Passport to Level 2 Certificate

This course is suited for those with an interest in health and fitness. The course forms the first stage of achieving personal trainer status and is completed in two stages. The theoretical part is achieved by submitting coursework and taking an exam, and then participating in a weekend long practical assessment at a local HFE centre in the community. Each stage can be taken separately, depending on ROTL availability.

There are 5 mandatory units – three theoretical units (1-3) and two practical (4-5).

  1. Anatomy and physiology for exercise and fitness instructors
  2. Providing a positive customer experience in the exercise environment
  3. Lifestyle management and health awareness
  4. Gym-based programme planning and preparation
  5. Gym-based programme delivery and professional instruction

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths, but no prior knowledge or experience required.

Assignments: There are 5 assignments to submit plus 1 exam

  • 1 x Level 2 Combined Unit Assessment
    •  Providing a Positive Customer Experience (parts 1 and 2)
    • Lifestyle Management and Health Awareness
    • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Fitness Instruction
  • 1 x Planning and Preparing Gym-Based Exercise Knowledge Questions,
  • 3 x Gym Lesson Plan (Healthy Adult, Older Adult, Young Person)

Exams: Yes, 1 x Anatomy and Physiology 30 Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) theory exam (21/30 to pass)

Prison Support Requirements: Support submitting assignments; organising and invigilating an exam in prison. If possible, support completion of the practical part in a local HFE centre. The practical part must be completed within two years from completing the theoretical part.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next: Level 3 HFE courses

Find out more: HFE’s website has more information here 

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Hospitality and Catering | Stonebridge | ABC | Level 3 | Duration: 117 hours

Hotel Management

This course is an introduction to the hospitality industry and all the aspects of hotel management such as food and beverages, front office and sales. Other units cover areas such as recruitment, accounting and information storage.

The course consists of thirteen units:

  1. Accounting
  2. The Hotel and Catering Industry
  3. Personnel Management
  4. Job Analysis, Description and Specification
  5. Recruitment
  6. Worker/Employee Rights
  7. Worker Representation
  8. Organisation
  9. Sources and Storage of Information
  10. The Hotel Industry
  11. Equipment
  12. Buildings
  13. Classification of Accommodation

Entry Requirements: No previous knowledge required

Assignments: Thirteen written assignments (one for each unit), with tutor feedback. They are posted in threes for you to complete and send off.

Exams: No

Prison Support Requirements: Support submitting and sending written assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Food and Beverages Management (Stonebridge)

Find Out More: From Stonebridge here

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Education and Advice | NCC Home Learning | RQF | Level 2 | Duration: 120 hours

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: From NEC directly here 

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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

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Health and Social Care | NCC Home Learning | RQF | Level 2 | Duration: 170 hours

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: From NCC’s website here

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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: On the Distance Learning Centre’s website here

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Counselling and Mentoring | The Institute of Counselling | IoC Certificate and SQCF | Level 4 | Duration: 120 hours

Certificate in Mentoring

This course is an introduction to the personal attributes required and the techniques used to mentor people successfully. Case studies, practical activities to apply knowledge, and course assignments are all included. This course is general in scope and does not lead specifically to a prison peer mentoring qualification.

The course consists of 10 lessons:

  1. Defining and describing the mentoring process
  2. Making sense of mentoring
  3. Mentoring in the corporate and professional world
  4. Mentoring in the community
  5. Essential mentor qualities
  6. Essential skills in mentoring
  7. Self-awarness: including defining the relationship
  8. Issues of integrity: including “what if things go wrong?”
  9. Code of ethics in mentoring
  10. Mentoring as a way of life

Entry Requirements: None

Assignments: Five tutor-marked assessments (every two units), and a series of self-tests.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support learners to submit assessments; support in supplying additional information or resources from online in order to complete assessments.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Certificate in Coaching, which combined with this qualification, makes up a Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring from the Institute of Counselling.

Find Out More: Visit the Institute of Counselling’s website here

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| ATM Safety | The National Examination Board in Health and Safety (NEBOSH) | Level 2 | Duration: 24 hours

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

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Health and Safety | ATM Safety | NEBOSH | Level 3 | Duration: 70 hours

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

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Sport and Fitness | HFE | REPs | Level 3 | Duration: 52 hours

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: You can find more from HFE’s website here

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Agriculture | Horticultural Correspondence College | Level 3

Organic Arable Farming

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to farming organic crops. It focuses on soil, nutrients and rotation, as well as the management of weeds and pests.

The course has 5 lessons:

  1. A brief history of organic farming, soil structure, organic matter, soil organisms, drainage
  2. Nutrients in ecosystems, nutrient management, manures, slurry and organic residues
  3. Crop rotation, polyculture systems, fertility building, rotation design, crops within the rotation, stockless rotations
  4. Weed management, weed ecology, cultural control practices, direct intervention
  5. Pest and disease management, causes of pest problems, self-regulation in organic systems, cultural control of pests and diseases, integrated pest management in organic farming.

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 5 written assignments – one for each lesson

Exams: None

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? An accredited course from the Horticultural Correspondence College, such as RHS Level 2 in Horticulture, or an Open University Access Module leading to a degree in Natural Sciences.

Find Out More: From HCC here

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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

Find Out More: NCC have more information here

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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: On NCC’s website here

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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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Horticulture | Horticultural Correspondence College | RHS | Level 3 | Duration: 107 hours

Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting

Progressing on from the RHS Level 2 qualification, this is ideal for those wishing to pursue a horticultural career or already working in this field. You will gain an in-depth, scientific knowledge of garden surveying, design and construction, together with a holistic approach to landscaping and also learn about specialist elements in plantings.

The course consists of four lessons:

Lesson 1 – Understanding garden survey techniques and design principles

  • Historical garden design styles
  • Conducting a site appraisal
  • The client brief
  • Basic survey techniques
  • Influence of site characteristics on garden design
  • Principles and elements of design

Lesson 2 – Understanding the selection and use of landscaping elements in the garden

  • The contribution of hard landscaping features to design and function
  • Drainage systems in the garden
  • The contribution of soft landscaping features to design and function
  • The contribution of turf to the design and function of a garden

Lesson 3 – Understanding the setting out and construction of landscaping elements in the garden

  • Setting out a site
  • Soil movement and storage during construction work
  • Construction of drainage systems
  • Construction procedures for paths, patios and driveways
  • Construction of steps and ramps
  • Construction of walls, fences and pergolas
  • Pond construction
  • Rock garden construction
  • Risk assessment

Lesson 4 – Understanding a range of specialist elements in the establishment of garden and urban plantings

  • Amenity bedding schemes
  • Components of specialist garden areas
  • Pruning for effect
  • Urban gardening options
  • Water sustainability in the garden

Entry Requirements: No formal entry requirements but it is recommended that you have successfully completed RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture or similar before starting on this course.

Exams: This course is a 4-lesson study programme of preparation for the RHS examination. Entry to the exams is a separate process with an additional fee. There is a deadline for examination entry. Each unit (lesson) will be assessed by a separate written examination – all four exams are on the same day. Examinations in prison must be taken under arrangements for exceptional supervision agreed by RHS Qualifications. Examinations will be offered twice a year in February and June at specific times, which you can find here.

Prison Support Requirements: Support learners to progress through the materials and complete assignments. Support facilitation of exams/invigilation in prison in accordance with RHS exam specification. Examinations in prison must be taken under arrangements for exceptional supervision agreed by RHS Qualifications.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? RHS Level 3 Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation

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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

Find out More: On NCC’s website here

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Horticulture | Horticultural Correspondence College | RHS | Level 3 | Duration: 105 hours

Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation

Progressing on from the RHS Level 2 qualification, this is ideal for those wishing to pursue a horticultural career or already working in this field. It should also provide rewarding study for keen leisure gardeners. You will gain an in-depth, scientific understanding of plant health, nutrition and development, propagation and root systems, as well as a detailed exploration of diseases and pests.

The course consists of the following four lessons:

Lesson 1 – Plant Taxonomy, Structure and Function

  • Plant taxonomy
  • The structure and function of plant tissues
  • The role of flowers and fruit
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Movement of water and solutes through the plant
  • Tropisms and plant movements
  • Endogenous & synthetic growth regulators

Lesson 2 – The Root Environment, Plant Nutrition & Growing Systems

  • Properties of soil and growing media
  • Plant growth & air and water
  • Soil organisms and nutrient cycling
  • The chemistry of soil & growing media
  • The role of nutrients in plant growth
  • Organic production

Lesson 3 – The Management of Plant Health

  • Significant Pests, Diseases and Disorders
  • Chemical Control in Plant Protection

Lesson 4 – Understanding Applied Plant Propagation

  • Seed anatomy, physiology & environmental factors influencing propagation
  • The relevance of anatomy, physiology and environmental factors to vegetative propagation
  • Growing media & propagation equipment

Entry Requirements:

No formal entry requirements but it is recommended that you have successfully completed RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development or similar before starting on this course.

Assignments: An assignment at the end of each lesson – as you complete each lesson, your tutor will return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance.

Exams: 

This course is a 4-lesson study programme of preparation for the RHS examination. Entry to the exams is a separate process with an additional fee. There is a deadline for examination entry. Each unit (lesson) will be assessed by a separate written examination – all four exams are on the same day. Examinations must be taken under arrangements for exceptional supervision agreed by RHS Qualifications. Examinations will be offered twice a year in February and June at specific times, which you can find here

Prison Support Requirements:

Support learners to progress through the materials and complete assignments. Support facilitation of exams/invigilation in prison in accordance with RHS exam specification. Examinations in prison must be taken under arrangements for exceptional supervision agreed by RHS Qualifications.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting

Find Out More: The HCC have more information available here

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Writing and Proofreading | The Writers Bureau | Unaccredited | Level 3 | Duration: 100 hours

Proofreading and Copy Editing

This comprehensive, professionally written course will help you master the techniques of proofreading and copy editing, by covering all the essentials.

The course consists of eight units:

  1. What is proofreading?
  2. Spelling
  3. Punctuation, Capitalisation and Hyphenation (Assignment 1)
  4. Grammar
  5. Proofreading on Paper (Assignment 2)
  6. Editing (Assignment 3)
  7. Digital Proofreading and Editing
  8. Freelancing (Assignment 4)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: There are 4 assignments related to certain units (as highlighted above).

Exams: No

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments.

Tutor Support: Yes – all tutors are professional proof-readers.

What’s Next? A-Level English language, or an Open University Access Module

Find Out More: The Writer’s Bureau website has more information here.

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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

 

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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: From the HCC here

 

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Engineering | 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: From the OU here

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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: On the OU’s website here

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Construction | ABC | Level 3

Surveying Technologies Theory

Students can learn about the responsibilities and skills required for building or quantity surveying, and become familiar with equipment used in quantity surveying surveying. Students also learn about the terminology and mathematics involved too.

The course consists of three units:

  1. Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment (60 hours)
  2. Measuring, Estimating and Tendering processes in Construction and the Built Environment (60 hours)
  3. Surveying in the Construction and Civil Engineering (60 hours)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 Maths and English

Assignments: Three tutor marked assignments – one for each unit

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support learners to submit assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Science, Technology and Maths (YO33) Access Module from the Open University

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Construction | Premier School of Building | PSB Diploma | Level 3 | Duration: 80 hours

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: From the PSB’s website here

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Education and Advice | London Teacher Training College | TQUK | Level 5 | Duration: 168 hours

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 | Duration: 80 hours

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: From the Premier School of Building here

 

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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: From the Institute of Counselling here

 

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| NCC Home Learning | RQF | Level 3 | Duration: 190 hours

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: from the OU directly here

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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)

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)

| 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.

Sport and Fitness | HFE | REPs | Level 3

Business Skills

Business and Management | NEC | Edexcel | GCSE / Level 2

Business Studies IGCSE

Visual Arts | Stonebridge | ABC | Level 3

Calligraphy

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