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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 2020’s most popular courses

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

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

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification

This Project Management qualification is highly regarded and accredited by the Association of Project Managers. It covers a wide range of topics including management structures, risk management, communication and leadership.

The course has 18 modules that cover the following 10 areas:

1. Project Management and the Operating Environment
2. Project Life Cycle
3. Management Structures by which Projects Operate
4. Project Management Planning
5. Scope Management
6. Scheduling and Resource Management
7. Risk Management and Issue Management
8.Project Quality Management
9. Communication
10. Leadership and Teamwork

Entry Requirements: English Level 2

Assignments: None, but course materials include practice questions and the APM Body of Knowledge Reference Book

Exams: One 60 question, multiple choice exam

Prison Support Requirements: Organize and invigilate exam

Tutor Support: Yes

Find Out More: You can read more about the course provider, Cupe International, here

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

Beekeeping (Basic Assessment)

This theory course assists beekeepers with little or no experience, in preparation for the BBKA Basic Assessment.

The course has 4 modules:

  1. Manipulation and Equipment
  2. Natural History
  3. Swarming, Swarm Control and Effect
  4. Disease and Pests

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: The course involves a series of seven question papers, which are not assessments but a structure learning program. These are sent straight at the beginning of the course and learners should start working on them within the first six months.

Exams: This course does not include an exam, but it does prepare learners to take the Basic Assessment if they wish to take this upon completion of the course.

Prison Support Requirements: Facilitate correspondence and provide access to the BBKA recommended reading list.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next: An Open University degree in Natural Sciences, starting with the Science, Technology and Maths YO33 Access Module.

Find Out More: From the British Beekeepers Assoication here

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

 

Business and Management | NEC | AQA | A-Level | Duration: 150 hours

Business A-Level Goldstar Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1, this course will help learners obtain a full A-Level in Business should they take all the exams. It focuses on developing knowledge around business in a wide variety of industries.

Goldstar A-Levels are provided as Parts 1 and 2. After studying Part 1, learners choose to either take the AS exam (gaining an AS-Level qualification) or they can study Part 2 and take all exams after that, gaining a full A-Level.

Part 1 contains lessons 1-6, and Part 2 contains 7-10:

7. The Business Environment
8. Choosing Strategic Direction
9. Strategic Change
10. Managing Strategic Change

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Assignments: 4 – one for each lesson. These do not contribute towards the final grade.

Exams: Three – each are two hours, and contribute 33.3% of the final grade.

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Organize and invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

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

Find Out More: From NEC here

Business and Management | NEC | AQA | AS-Level / Level 3 | Duration: 150 hours

Business AS-Level Goldstar Part 1

The course helps to develop your knowledge on how business works, whether you are interested in setting up your own business or want to explore a wide variety of applications and industries. It will also help you to develop sound reasoning and leadership skills, and an analytical approach.

Goldstar A-Levels are provided as Parts 1 and 2. After studying Part 1, learners choose to either take the AS exam (gaining an AS-Level qualification) or they can study Part 2 and take all exams after that, gaining a full A-Level.

This course contains six sections:

1. What is business?

2. Management

3. Marketing performance

4. Operational performance

5. Setting financial objectives

6. Human resource performance

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Assignments: 7 written assignments (corresponding to the above units, plus one introductory assignment). These do not contribute toward the final grade.

Exams: Two – each are 1 hour 30 minutes, and contribute 50% of the overall grade

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Organize and facilitate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next?  Goldstar Part 2, or OU Access: People, Work and Society (Y032)

Find Out More: From NEC directly here

 

Sport and Fitness | HFE | REPs | Level 3 | Duration: 60 hours

Business Skills for the Fitness Professional

This course offers information for people who may become self-employed as a fitness professional. The course covers how to plan your business, marketing and paying tax.

The course consists of 10 modules:

  1. Tax and National Insurance
  2. Legal Obligations of Running a Business
  3. Brand Management
  4. Effective Marketing Skills and Strategies
  5. Generating Leads and Sales
  6. Performance Monitoring
  7. Business Planning
  8. Financial Management
  9. Cash Flow Forecasting
  10. Basic Accounting

Entry Requirements: Students must already possess an accredited level 2 fitness or sport qualification.

Assignments: There are 2 assignments:

  1. Business Skills Case Stusy
  2. Business Skills Workbook

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Submitting assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? HFE offer a range of similar Level 3 theory courses, including Nutrition for Physical Activity. For more business skills, you can consider NEC’s Business Start-Up, or Book-keeping Certificate. 

Find Out More: From HFE here 

 

Planning a business

Business and Management | NEC | Level 2 | Duration: 30 hours

Business Start-up (parts 1 and 2)

This course is designed to guide learners through the process of setting up their own business. The course offers practical advice and develops skills vital for planning, establishing and growing a business. Through two distinct, yet complementary courses (Part 1 and Part 2) the course explores if self-employment is right for you and provides the tools you need to consider your business idea in detail to develop a full business plan. It also covers topics vital to early success, including legal and financial issues, marketing and sales, customer service and quality.

The two parts of this are broken into several sub-topics:

Part 1-  Planning to start your own business

  • Topic 1: Is self-employment right for you?
  • Topic 2: Developing the business idea
  • Topic 3: Market research
  • Topic 4: Money matters
  • Topic 5: Sources of advice and support

Part 2 – Succeeding with your own business

  • Topic 1: Formalising your business
  • Topic 2: Finance
  • Topic 3: Marketing and selling
  • Topic 4: Customer service and quality

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Assignments: There are 9 “progress checks”, 1 at the end of each topic

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support learners through the course and with submission of assignments. The course also contains a complementary CD, so whilst it is not necessary for the completion of the course, facilitating access to IT on a stand-alone PC would be beneficial)

Tutor Support: Yes – for six months from date of enrollment.

What’s Next? 

A skills based course, depending on the nature of your business (e.g Horticulture, Animal Care)

A practical course in management, management or finance

IGCSE or AS Level Business Studies

Find Out More: From NEC’s website here

Business and Management | NEC | Edexcel | GCSE / Level 2 | Duration: 150 hours

Business Studies IGCSE

Business Studies IGCSE provides a thorough understanding of the principles, terminology, concepts and methods of business. The course covers topics such as business operations, marketing and business finance and allows you to develop your critical thinking and analytical skills.

The course consists of 8 sections:

1. Business activity
2. Influences on business
3. People in business
4. Business finance
5. Marketing
6. Business operations
7. Small business revision
8. Large business revision

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 9 written assignments (corresponding to the above units, plus one introductory assignment). These do not contribute toward the final grade.

Exams: Two exams (1 hour 30 minutes each)

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Organize and invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Business A-level, also with NEC

Find Out More: From NEC here

Accounting and Finance | AP Education | CIMA | Level 4 | Duration: 40 hours

Certificate in Accounting for Islamic Financial Institutions

This course will help learners gain competence in a wide range of areas, starting with the reporting framework and standards of Islamic financial institutions, and analysis and classification of Islamic funding and financing transactions. Learners will also study how transactions adopting different contracts of
financing are reported in the Islamic financial statements, and about financial accountability and shari’ah compliance of Islamic financial institutions.

The course consists of 12 chapters:

  1. Framework of financial reporting for Islamic financial institutions
  2. Financial reporting of Islamic financial institutions
  3. Financial statements I: balance sheet and statement of restricted investment
  4. Financial statements II: income statement and accounting policies on income determination
  5. Investment accounts and profit distribution policy
  6. Accounting and reporting: Mudarabah and Musharakah financing
  7. Accounting and reporting: Murabahah financing
  8. Accounting and reporting: Ijarah and Ijarah Muntahia Bi Tamleek
  9. Accounting and reporting: Salam and Istisna’ financing
  10. Corporate governance
  11. Auditing of Islamic financial institutions
  12. Shari’ah governance

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths (or equivalent)

Assignments: None, but the course contains a study guide, exemplars, and practice questions.

Exams: One exam – 40 multiple choice questions (one hour long).

Prison Support Requirements: Organize and invigilate exam

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Any of the other three Islamic Finance courses

Find Out More: You can read about the course provider here

 

Journalism | National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) | NCTJ | Level 3 | Duration: 60 hours

Certificate in Foundation Journalism

This NCTJ qualification is the gold standard for journalists, and whilst candidates cannot complete the full qualification in prison, they can complete this especially adapted course for PET learners. Six modules can be completed to help learners develop their journalistic skills.

There are six available units, that combine to create eleven credits:

  1. How to use the English language
  2. Using the English language
  3. How to tell a news story
  4. Recording information
  5. Feature writing
  6. Sports reporting

Additional modules are not possible in closed conditions (e.g. digital media, audio/video) but PET have worked with NCTJ to allow learners to gain accreditation for the rest of the course on ROTL or after release.

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: Coursework, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Assignment (such as article in prison newspaper or magazine)

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Ensuring students have access to media sources, such as newspapers and magazines is especially helpful too.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Further modules on digital media, broadcasting, data gathering and audio/visual journalism are available after release at extra cost (offering a further 14 credits to convert the Certificate into a Diploma). Learners can also consider A-level English Language or OU Access course or OU Level 1 60 credit course such as DD102 Introducing the Social Sciences.

Find Out More: From the NCTJ here

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