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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.

Counselling, Mentoring and Teaching | BSY | CACHE, RQF | Level 2 | Duration: 160 hours

Counselling Skills

This qualification will introduce you to the use of counselling skills in everyday life and some of the approaches that underpin these skills. You will explore how to engage in a counselling interaction effectively and how to use counselling skills in relation to personal development. You will also build your understanding of areas such as diversity and ethics in counselling. This course does not qualify you to practice as a counsellor, however it may be a useful stepping stone for further study.

The course consists of four units:

  1. Counselling Skills
  2. Introduction to Counselling Skill Theory
  3. Diversity and Ethics in the Use of Counselling skills
  4. Counselling Skills and personal development

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assessments: Four written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support submission and completion of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse (Level 3); Understanding Mental Health Care QCF (Level 3)

Find out more: On BSY’s website here

Business, Management, and I.T. | Rocketeer | Unaccredited | Level 3 | Duration: 120 hours

Creating and Starting a Digital Business

This course is ideal whether you are looking to launch a small local enterprise or you have aspirations to run a global digital company. It covers marketing, business planning, finance and networking – taking you from the business conception through to making your first sale. It will bring you up to date with current technological possibilities too. The course provider, Rocketeer, will also give you access to their resources after release, and offer bespoke support for your business through the gate.

The course consists of five steps:

Step 1: Research – How to Find Your Money-Making Opportunity
Step 2: Choose – How to Narrow Down the Right Business Idea for You
Step 3: Design – Plan For Success
Step 4: Build – How to Construct Your Business
Step 5: Launch – How to Start Making Money

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Eighteen written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Principles of Management Level 3 RQF (NCC Home Learning)

Find Out More: Rocketeer provide more information here

Creative Writing

Arts and Writing | NEC | Unaccredited | Level 2 | Duration: 60 hours

Creative Writing

For those who read and write confidently and are interested in learning more about the technical side, this course gives you the underlying knowledge to improve your ability and boost your confidence. The course looks at writing in different styles, covering all the skills and techniques used in fiction writing. You will also have a go at writing non-fiction material, such as magazine articles. Broad and wide-reaching, this course will challenge you to write in new ways.

The course contains ten units:

  1. Autobiography
  2. Short stories
  3. Novels
  4. Younger readers
  5. Genre
  6. Play writing
  7. Poetry
  8. Non-fiction
  9. Articles
  10. Reviews

Entry requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Eight written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? AS English Language or Literature, OU Access Module: Y031 Starting with Arts and Languages

Find Out More: From NEC here

 

Transport and Logistics | East Anglian Sea School | RYA | Level 2 | Duration: 40 hours

Day Skipper

Suitable for sailors and motor boaters, this introductory course will give you the skills to navigate around familiar waters by day – expanding your knowledge of seamanship, navigation, and meteorology. You will find out more about nautical terms, rope and anchor work, safety, international regulations, navigation and compass-work, and chart-work.

The course comprises of fifteen subjects:

  1. Nautical Terms
  2. Ropework
  3. Anchor Work
  4. Safety
  5. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  6. Navigation
  7. Compass
  8. Chartwork
  9. Tides and Tidal Streams
  10. Visual Aids to Navigation
  11. Meteorology
  12. Passage Planning
  13. Navigation in Restricted Visibility
  14. Pilotage
  15. Marine Environment

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: None – course contains a self-assessed workbook

Exams: Two exams

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Coastal Skipper

Find Out More: via the EASS here

Health and Social Care | BSY | ABC | Level 2 | Duration: 80 hours

Deaf Awareness and Sign Language

This course will help you to develop a better understanding of the challenges that deafness could bring and how you might be able to help. The course starts with an introduction to deafness and the problems deaf people encounter, and includes a breakdown of different hearing conditions, including tinnitus and deafblindness. The course also features information on assistive technology and the American, British, and Spanish Sign Languages, as well as other useful tools for communication.

The course consists of 4 lessons:

Lesson 1
Deafness and Personal Hearing Aids
Reactions to Deafness
Problems that Deaf People Cope With
What is a Hearing Aid?
Disadvantages of a Hearing Aid

Lesson 2
Technology / How to Help a Hearing Aid User
Cochlear Implants
Expectations and Limitations
Developments
How to Help a Hearing Aid User

Lesson 3
Conditions / Communication Methods
Tinnitus
Deafblindness
Silent Communication
Spoken Communication
The History of Sign Language
British Sign Language (BSL)

Lesson 4
Sign Language Alphabets / Sense
American Sign Language
The Alphabet
Spanish Sign Language Alphabet
The Deafblind Manual Alphabet
Block Alphabet
‘Sense’ and Government Guidance on Deafblind Services

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Four self-assessed questions

Exams: One optional exam (funding not included – you will need to re-apply to PET for the exam fees)

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Open University Access Module, People, Work and Society (YO32)

Find Out More: Directly from BSY here

Arts and Writing | Open College of the Arts (OCA) | OCA | Level 4 | Duration: 400 hours

Drawing 1: Drawing Skills

This course helps you develop fundamental techniques such as using line and tone, and understanding form, perspective and proportion. You’ll be encouraged to explore and experiment with surface, scale and media. You’ll also learn to observe and look selectively and translate what you see into your drawings.

Please note, PET can only partially fund this course. You will first need to apply for a bursary from the Open College of Arts (OCA). If your application is successful, you can then apply to PET to cover the remaining amount.

Please also note that painting materials are not included with this course and will need to be sourced separately.

The course consists of five parts:

  1. Form and Gesture
  2. Intimacy
  3. Expanse
  4. The Figure and the Head
  5. Personal Project

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Five assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support application for bursary, secure art materials for use, support completion and submission of assignments.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Painting 1: Practice of Painting

Find Out More: From the OCA here

A-Levels | NEC | Edexcel | A-Level | Duration: 150 hours

Economics A-Level Part 1

Economics shapes how we allocate limited resources and measures the impact of our choices. You’ll study the UK and global economy, using economic theory to analyse issues and present your ideas and conclusions in a clear, logical way. Whether you’re pursuing a career in business, finance or politics, this course will build your problem-solving, analytical and decision-making skills, in readiness for a wide range of future career and university choices.

PET offers A-levels in two parts. Upon completing Part 1, you can choose either to take your AS exam (a qualification marking the first year of a full A-level) or continue on to Part 2 to build up to a full A-level.

The course consists of five units:

1. Introduction to economics
2. Supply and price
3. Market failure and government intervention
4. The UK economy – performance measures
5. The UK economy – income, growth, and policies
6. Business Behaviour

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Seven 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. (Funding not included – you will need to re-apply to PET for the exam fees).

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next?  Economics A-Level Part 2

Find Out More: From NEC here

A-Levels | NEC | Edexcel | A-Level | Duration: 150 hours

Economics A-Level Part 2

Economics shapes how we allocate limited resources and measures the impact of our choices. You’ll study the UK and global economy, using economic theory to analyse issues and present your ideas and conclusions in a clear, logical way. Whether you’re pursuing a career in business, finance or politics, this course will build your problem-solving, analytical and decision-making skills, in readiness for a wide range of future career and university choices.

The course contains four units that follow on from Part 1

7. Markets
8. Government Intervention in Markets
9. International Economics
10. Macroeconomic Strategies and Policies

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths, plus Economics Part 1

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Four written assignments (These do not contribute towards the final grade).

Exams: Three exams. Each are two hours, and contribute 35%, 35% and 30% of the final grade. (Funding not included – you will need to re-apply to PET for the exam fees).

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? OU Access Modules Y032:People, Work and Society, or YO33: Science, Technology and Maths

Find Out More: From NEC here

Counselling, Mentoring and Teaching | NEC | RQF, TQUK | Level 3 | Duration: 60 hours

Education and Training Award

This course replaces the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTTLS) qualification, and is the first step towards working in post-16 or adult level teaching or training. It is also useful if part of your role is to train others. You will find out how to plan, deliver and assess effective learning, and discover the roles, responsibilities and relationships involved in teaching.

The course consists of four sections:

  1. Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships
  2. Assessment in Education and Training
  3. Inclusive Teaching and Learning
  4. Planning and preparation

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Four tutor marked assignments

Exams: Yes – the “Microteach Element”. This involves a practical fifteen minute teaching session that will need to be recorded. Due to security issues, this is most often completed by learners upon release. (PET funding does not cover this element).

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments, plus microteach element if possible. An additional enrolment form is also required by NEC before the learner can start on the course.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? A course in the subject you wish to teach (e.g. a vocational course like fitness). PET also offer TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) at Level 5.

Find Out More: From NEC here

A-Levels | NEC | AQA | A-Level | Duration: 150 hours

English Language A-Level Part 1

This course deepens your knowledge of linguistic analysis and explores language use in a variety of situations and contexts. From political speeches and song lyrics, to cartoon strips and food labelling, the course will introduce you to a rich set of resources and styles of writing. You’ll learn about the terminology and grammar that underpins the English language, building your understanding of how language works in the way it does.

PET offers A-levels in two parts. Upon completing Part 1, you can choose either to take your AS exam (a qualification marking the first year of a full A-level) or continue on to Part 2 to build up to a full A-level.

The course consists of the following units:

1. Methods of language analysis
2. Spoken English
3. Language and Power
4. Identity and non-standard English
5. Language and Gender

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Six written assignments. These do not contribute toward the final grade.

Exams: Two – each are 1 hour 30 minutes, and contribute 50% of the overall grade. (Funding not included – you will need to re-apply to PET for the exam fees).

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? English Language A-Level Part 2

Find Out More: From NEC here

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