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PET offers over 120 different distance learning courses in every prison in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

We offer courses in a range of sectors – from health and social care to transport and logistics – as well as GCSEs, A-levels and Open University Access modules. Here you’ll find information about every course we offer.

Download and print our one-page Courses Index, featuring all the courses in the Prisoners’ Education Trust Course Prospectus 2021-2022, here.

Transport and Logistics | EP Training | SEG | Level 3 | Duration: 80 hours

Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)

If you wish to become a transport manager or an owner/operator in the commercial transport industry, this qualification is essential. The course covers the civil, commercial, social and fiscal law associated with haulage, as well as providing information on business and financial management, access to the market, technical standards and road safety.

The course covers the following subjects:

  • Civil law
  • Commercial law
  • Social law
  • Fiscal law
  • Business and financial management of the undertaking
  • Access to the market
  • Technical standards and technical aspects of operation
  • Road safety

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: None – self-assessed workbook

Exams: One external exam. This can only be done at a regional exam centre after release, or on ROTL if prison support.

Prison Support Requirements: Support arranging exam at local centre

Tutor Support: None

Find Out More: You can read more about the course provider, EP Training, here.

Counselling, Mentoring and Teaching | NEC | RQF, TQUK | Level 3 | Duration: 50 hours

Understanding Coaching and Mentoring

This nationally-recognised qualification will help you understand what mentoring and coaching involves, and consider how you could take on such a role. The course helps you to explore your own beliefs and values, alongside key mentoring and coaching skills. You will develop your skills in empathy, listening, non-verbal communication and questioning, building trust and giving effective feedback.

The course covers four topics:

  1. Concepts of Coaching and Mentoring
  2. Key Skills and Attributes
  3. Communication Skills
  4. The Mechanics of Coaching and Mentoring

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: A series of written assignments, then three formal written assessments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

Find Out More: From NEC here

 

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

Understanding Mental Health Care

If you support people with mental health problems but are not necessarily a mental health professional, this course could meet your needs. You will learn more about mental health and how people with mental health problems can be best supported. You will also deepen your knowledge of the legal policy and service framework for mental health, as well as principles of duty of care, interventions, support planning and risk management.

The course consists of six units:

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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Six written assignments

Exams: No

Prison Support Requirements: Support submission and completion of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Open University: Access Module Yo32: People, Work and Society

Find Out More: via NCC here

 

Business, Management, and I.T. | Distance Learning Centre | Unaccredited | Level 3 | Duration: 120 hours

Webmaster HTML and CSS

This beginner’s course is designed for people who are interested in starting a career as a web designer, or who simply want to build a website for themselves or a company. You will get a thorough introduction to the HTML and CSS web development tools and find out how to build a high-impact landing page, optimised for search engine algorithms and responsive to browser screen sizes. During the course, you will also build your own store front, using animation, transition, and transformation techniques to attract 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: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: CD-ROMS (or if not possible, it can be provided via a downloadable file or via a USB stick)

Assignments: Ten assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Ensure and facilitate PC Access. Support completion and submission of assignments.

Tutor Support: Yes

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

 

 

Business, Management, and I.T. | Distance Learning Centre | Unaccredited | Level 4 | Duration: 200 hours

Webmaster JavaScript Web Design

This course introduces the fundamentals of the web programming language JavaScript Programming, which removes many of the constraints that have previously limited web developers’ creativity. You start by learning the basics of the software, and how to deal with errors and debugging. As the training programme progresses, you’ll hone your JavaScript skills via assignments which involve the development of a number of dynamic, interactive games such as Minefield and Connect4.

The course consists of ten 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: Level 2 English plus Webmaster Level 3 qualification or equivalent

Format of Course Materials: CD-ROMS (or if not possible, it can be provided via a downloadable file or via a USB stick)

Assignments: Ten assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Ensure and facilitate PC Access. Support completion and submission of assignments.

Tutor Support: Yes

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

Find Out More: From the DLC directly here

Business, Management, and I.T. | Distance Learning Centre | Unaccredited | Level 4 | Duration: 140 hours

Webmaster Responsive Web Design

Progressing from the HTML and CSS Level 3 qualification, on this course you’ll learn how to design stunning responsive websites using the very latest HTML5 and CSS technologies. You will find out how to develop professional websites with an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices. The course also includes tips on styling content, layouts, lists and tables, and special effects to improve webpages.

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: Level 2 English plus Webmaster Level 3 qualification or equivalent

Format of Course Materials: CD-ROMS (or if not possible, it can be provided via a downloadable file or via a USB stick)

Assignments: Ten assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Ensure and facilitate PC Access. Support completion and submission of assignments.

Tutor Support: Yes

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

Find Out More: From the DLC here

 

Arts and Writing | NEC | Unaccredited | Level 2 | Duration: 120 hours

Writing for a Living

If you already read and write confidently, this course will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to have the best possible chance of getting your work published. You’ll learn about the different publishing platforms and the differing demands they place on the writer, including which outlet would be most suitable for your work. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your knowledge around getting started as a freelancer.

The course contains six units:

  1. Identifying your goals and dreams
  2. Analysing what you have to sell
  3. Identifying and establishing a market
  4. Promoting yourself and your work
  5. Your working methods
  6. Freelance finances

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Three written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

Find Out More: From NEC here

 

Transport and Logistics | East Anglian Sea School | RYA | Level 3 | Duration: 40 hours

Yachtmaster Ocean

If you’ve completed the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster course, this advanced course could be your next step – providing you with the skills needed to sail the ocean either as a skipper or a mate. You will learn about astronavigation and meteorology and expand your knowledge of the meridian altitudes, compass checking, satellite navigation, circle sailing, and passage planning and making.

This course consists of thirteen 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.

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: None – course contains a self-assessed workbook

Exams: One exam

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of coursework. Facilitate and invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

Find Out More: From the East Anglian Sea School here

Fitness | BSY | ABC | Level 2 | Duration: 80 hours

Yoga Beginners

This course will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to yoga – including the control of the mind and body through breathing and gentle movement. As well as giving you a theoretical introduction, you will be guided through relevant exercises. You will study warm-up routines, rhythmic breathing, rolls and lifts, eyes and neck exercises, shoulders and finger exercises, and learn about relaxation techniques.

The course has ten 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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Ten written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? HFE Level 3 courses, Nutrition and Health Level 2 (NCC)

Find Out More: From BSY’s website directly

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