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PET funds 250 different courses, in levels and subjects not usually available in prison.

Courses range from beekeeping to bookkeeping and include GCSEs, A Levels, degree-level study and vocational qualifications.

Discover 2018’s most popular courses

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

Counselling and Mentoring | 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

 

| 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

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 | Level 3

Yachtmaster Ocean

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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