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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.

Accounting and Finance | Sage Qualifications | QCF | Level 1

Sage Computerised Payroll for Business

Accounting and Finance | Sage Qualifications | QCF | Level 2

Sage Computerised Payroll for Business

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 Access Module

Find Out More: From the HCC here

 

Social sciences | NEC | AQA | AS-Level / Level 3 | Duration: 150 hours

Sociology AS-Level Goldstar Part 1

This course aims to improve understanding of human behaviour and interaction as well as issues around race, inequality and religion. The Part 1 Sociology also aims to develop transferable skills such as critical analysis and independent thinking and research.

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.

The course consists of the following units:

1. The sociology of education and schools
2. Educational achievement
3. Sociological research methods
4. The sociology of families and households
5. Childhood gender and demographic change

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Assignments: 6 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 here

Social sciences | NEC | AQA | GCSE / Level 2 | Duration: 150 hours

Sociology GCSE

Sociology GCSE investigates the structures and processes that shape society examining how and why humans interact the way we do. You will discover and apply different sociological theories and develop key methods of investigation and critical analysis, and deepen your understanding of social issues such as poverty, racism and crime.

The course consists of the following units:

  1. The sociological approach
  2. The sociology of families Part 1
  3. The sociology of families Part 2
  4. Sociological research methods
  5. The sociology of education Part 1
  6. The sociology of education Part 2
  7. Crime and deviance, Part 1
  8. Crime and deviance Part 2
  9. Social stratification, Part 1
  10. Social stratification Part 2

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 11 assignments (corresponding to the above units, plus one introductory assignment). These do not count towards the final grade.

Exams: Two – each are 1 hour 45 minutes, and contribute 50% to the final grade

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Other GCSEs or A-Levels OU Access Module YO32: People, work and Society 

Find Out More: From NEC’s website

Engineering | Open University | OU Access | OU Access Module | Duration: 270 Hours

Open University 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. These modules can also help learners find out more about their interests, and where they want their learning to take them.

There are three main blocks:

  1. Life (Biology and ecological ideas)
  2. Water (Scientific experiments to understand how water shaped our planet)
  3. Home (Design, engineering, and computing)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths. We also require a strong endorsement from the prison as evidence that the applicant has the potential to study at this level and beyond.

Start date: February and October each year

Assignments: Four written assignments plus a few smaller assessed pieces of work

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Facilitate tutor correspondence and submission of TMAs

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? Full Undergraduate Degree

Find out more: from the OU directly here

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Languages | Open University | OU Access | OU Access Module | Duration: 270 Hours

Open University 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. These modules can also help learners find out more about their interests, and where they want their learning to take them.

There are three main blocks:

  1. Finding your voice (English literature and language)
  2. Speaking out (Language use in popular culture)
  3. Visions of Protest (Art in protest)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English. We also require a strong endorsement from the prison as evidence that the applicant has the potential to study at this level and beyond.

Start date: February and October each year

Assignments: Four written assignments plus a few smaller assessed pieces of work

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Facilitate tutor correspondence and submission of TMAs

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? Full Undergraduate Degree

Find out more: from the OU directly here

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

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

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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