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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.

Information Technology | Distance Learning Centre | Open Award | Level 3 | Duration: 120 hours

Webmaster HTML and CSS

This is a beginner’s course, designed for students who are interested in starting a career as a Web Designer, or who simply want to build their own personal or a company/organisational website. The course is designed as a thorough introduction to the HTML and CSS web development tools, and shows students how to build a high-impact landing page with a stunning photo gallery, optimised for the popular search engine search algorithms and responsive to the browser screen size. During the course, students will also build a contact page and their own store front, using some compelling animation, transition, and transformation techniques to attract their visitors.

The course consists of ten lessons:

  1. Getting started with HTML&CSS
  2. Comprehensive HTML primer for beginners
  3. Extensive CSS primer for those new to CSS
  4. Code validation and debugging techniques
  5. Introduction to the basic principles of web design
  6. Incorporating multimedia elements into web pages
  7. Including special effects, such as text shadows, and dropdown menus
  8. An introduction to the JavaScript scripting language
  9. Introduction to the HTML5 APIs10
  10. Creation of an online store

Entry Requirements: There are no particular entry requirements, although it is recommended that students have a good understanding of using computers, a working knowledge of using text editors, experience of downloading and installing software packages, a basic knowledge of file zipping software and experience using web browsers and email software.

Assignments: ten, one at the end of each unit

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Provide computer access; support submission of assignments; have appropriate browser installed to enable completion of assignments. If the CD-Rom is not possible to use, prisons can contact the supplier to request the course material in a downloadable file or a memory stick.

Tutor Support: Yes (12 months)

What’s Next? There are two further Webmaster courses: Responsive Web Design, and Javascript Web Design 

Find Out More: From the Distance Learning Centre here

 

 

Information Technology | Distance Learning Centre | Open Award | Level 4 | Duration: 200 hours

Webmaster JavaScript Web Design

This course introduces the fundamentals of JavaScript Programming (an object-based, event-driven Web programming language) which tightly integrates with HTML and removes many of the constraints that have previously limited the web author's creativity. As the training programme progresses, the student's JavaScript skills are honed via interesting assignments which involve the development of a number of dynamic, interactive games such as the Minefield and Connect4 games.

The course consists of 10 lessons:

  1. Getting Started With JavaScript
  2. JavaScript Event Handlers
  3. Expanding Your JavaScript Knowledge
  4. The Document Object Model
  5. Error Handling & Debugging
  6. Building The Minefield Game App
  7. Application Programming Interfaces
  8. Introduction to JQuery
  9. JavaScript Plus
  10. Building The Owzat Cricket Game

Entry Requirements: Students require a good knowledge of HTML Programming. This course assumes you have completed the Webmaster – HTML and CSS Course or have studied HTML to an equivalent level.

Assignments: You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. The coursework consists of individual web pages and a complete final website. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Provide computer access; support submission of assignments; have appropriate browser installed to enable completion of assignments. If the CD-Rom is not possible to use, prisons can contact the supplier to request the course material in a downloadable file or a memory stick.

Tutor Support: Yes (12 months)

What’s Next? Webmaster Responsive Web Design, also from the Distance Learning Centre

Find Out More: From the DLC directly here

Information Technology | Distance Learning Centre | Open Award | Level 4 | Duration: 140 hours

Webmaster Responsive Web Design

This course teaches students to design stunning responsive websites using the very latest HTML5 and CSS technologies. This course will teach you how to develop professional websites with an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices, from computer monitors, through laptops and tablets, to smartphones.

The course consists of ten lessons:

1. Introduction
2. Responsive Web Design
3. HTML5 Semantic Elements
4. Introduction to CSS3
5. Styling Content & Layout with CSS3
6. Styling Lists & Tables with CSS3
7. Stylish HTML5 Forms
8. Using CSS3 to Create Special Effects
9. Optimising & Organising your CSS3 Code
10. The Powerful HTML5 API’s

Entry Requirements: Students require a good knowledge of HTML Programming. This course assumes you have completed the Webmaster – HTML & CSS Course or have studied HTML to an equivalent level.

Assignments: You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. The coursework requires you to create and submit webpages as your assignments. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Provide computer access; support submission of assignments; have appropriate browser installed to enable completion of assignments. If the CD-Rom is not possible to use, prisons can contact the supplier to request the course material in a downloadable file or a memory stick.

Tutor Support: Yes (12 months)

What’s Next? Webmaster Javascript Web Design, also from the Distance Learning Centre

Find Out More: From the DLC here

 

Navigation | East Anglian Sea School | RYA | Duration: 40 hours

Yachtmaster Ocean

This theory course is the natural progression route from the Coastal Skipper course. Students will learn about astro-navigation and worldwide meteorology.

This course consists of 13 lessons:

  1. The Earth and the Celestial Sphere
  2. The PZX Triangle
  3. The Sextant
  4. Measurement of Time
  5. Meridian Altitudes
  6. Sun, Star and Other Sights
  7. Compass Checking
  8. Satellite Navigation Systems
  9. Great Circle Sailing
  10. Meteorology
  11. Passage Planning
  12. Passage Making
  13. Communications

Entry Requirements: Applicants should have completed the RYA Coastal Skipper course, or have equivalent knowledge.

Assignments: Self-assessed within the workbook

Exams: One assessment paper – 2 hours long

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of coursework. No additional equipment is required, but access to a Portland plotter and divider are recommended.

Tutor Support: Yes

Find Out More: From the East Anglian Sea School here

Sport and Fitness | BSY | ABC | Level 2

Yoga Beginners

This course provides an introduction to yoga - including the control of mind and body through breathing and gentle movement. As well as giving you a theoretical introduction, you will be guided through relevant exercises.

The course has 10 lessons:

  1. What is Yoga?
  2. Breathing
  3. Rhythmic Breathing?
  4. Warm-up Routine
  5. Rolls and lifts
  6. Out in the Sun
  7. Salute to the Sun
  8. Eyes and Neck
  9. Shoulders and Fingers
  10. What is Relaxation?

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 10, one at the end of each lesson

Exams: Self-Assessment test

Prison Support Requirements: Facilitating tutor support by sending off assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Fitness Instructing Level 2 (Exercise to Music)

Find Out More: From BSY’s website directly

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