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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 | Futuretrends | CeMAP | Level 3

Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (CeMAP)

A course specifically tailored for PET learners, it provides an introduction to the mortgage advice sector by explaining the rules and regulations that govern the sector.

The course contains three modules, and seven sub-units:

  1. a) Introduction to Financial Services, Environments and Products
    b) UK Financial Services and Regulation
  2. a) Mortgage Law
    b) Policy, Practice and Markets
    c) Mortgage Applications
    d) Mortgage Payment methods and Products
    e) Mortgage Careers and Post completion Issues
  3. Assessment of Mortgage Advice and Knowledge

Entry Requirements: A-Level or equivalent qualification in English, and prior business / finance qualifications or relevant experience also desirable.

Assignments: None

Exams: Yes – requires a separate funding application, and can only be completed in open conditions / upon release.

Prison Support Requirements: Register the learner at the Pearsons VUE centre for exam

Tutor Support: No

What’s Next? Book-keeping Certificate Level 2 (NEC), Sage QCF Qualifications Levels 1-3, CIMA Accredited courses level 4-5

Find Out More: From FutureTrend here

Engineering | EP Training Services | OCR | Level 2

Certificate of Professional Competence (Operator CPC)

Accounting and Finance | Sage Qualifications | CIMA | Level 4 | Duration: 40-50 hours

CIMA Accredited Sage Certificate (Level 4)

Sage have partnered with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), to create a course which offers a theoretical grounding in computerized accounting. The course provides practical skills required by businesses to perform accounting functions. You will be able to benefit from Sage 50 skills, as well as employer valued CIMA certification.

The course consists of seven units:

  1. Introduction: How to make full use of the software, back-up, restore and data security
  2. Transactions from customers and suppliers, including invoice creation
  3. Cash, bank and budget control and reconciliation
  4. Management and comparative reporting
  5. VAT returns, EC sales and Intrastat
  6. Tailoring reports and layouts including email statements and remittances
  7. Project (job) costing for detailed individual job / project control

Entry Requirements: Sage level 1-3 Computerized Accounting for Business

Format of course material: CD-ROM and paper-based. To complete the course, however, learners will require IT access.

Assignments: Self-assessed practical tests

Exams: One case study assessment at the end of Unit 3 (2 hours), and a test at the end of Unit 6 on the case study (45 minutes). Summative test (1.5 hours).

Prison Support Requirements: Ensure learner has adequate IT time and access; organise and invigilate exams

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? CIMA Acccredited Sage Level 5 Higher Certificate

Find out more: On Sage’s website here


Accounting and Finance | Sage Qualifications | CIMA | Level 5

CIMA Accredited Sage Higher Certificate (Level 5)

Sage have partnered with CIMA to create a course to provide learners with the full range of skills to boost the benefits of Sage 50 Accounts.

The course consists of three units:

  1. Introduction
  2. Sole Trader Accounts, and Year End Process
  3. Controlling Cash, Limited Liability Partnerships, Importing Data, and Limited Companies

Entry Requirements: CIMA Level 4 Certificate and / or experience with Sage 50 software

Format of course material: CD-ROM and paper-based. To complete the course, however, learners will require IT access.

Assignments: Self-assessed practical tests

Exams: Two tests; a case study and a summative test after the completion of the above units (1.5 hours)

Prison Support Requirements: Ensure learner has adequate IT time and access; organize and invigilate exams

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? OU Modules: Starting with Science, Technology and Maths (y033 Access), or Fundamentals of Accounting (B124 Level 1).

Find out more: On Sage’s website here

Engineering | Premier School of Building | PSB Diploma | Level 3 | Duration: 80 hours

Civil Engineering Technology

This is an introductory level course for those interested in civil engineering. It covers a range of topics, from regulations and site-work to technical details on construction and building work.

The course consists of the following eleven units:

This course covers the following 11 lessons:

  1. Introduction to Regulations
  2. Site Investigation & Design Principles
  3. Construction Plant
  4. Foundations & Piling
  5. Concrete Work
  6. Reinforcement & Formwork
  7. Brickwork
  8. Steelwork & Cladding
  9. Precast & Pre-stressed Concrete
  10. Retaining Walls
  11. Drainage

Entry Requirements: No prior knowledge or qualifications in construction are required

Assignments: The test questions for each lesson and a completed work submission sheet need to be sent for assessment. This material will be graded and returned to learners with constructive feedback.

Exams: No

Prison Support Requirements:Support assignments and facilitate correspondence and submission of work.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Diploma in Sustainable Construction, Diploma in Traditional Construction, Diploma in Estimating and Tendering

Find Out More: On the PSB’s website here

Counselling and Mentoring | The Institute of Counselling | Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) | Level 5 | Duration: 200 hours

Certificate in Coaching (CR300)

This course provides an understanding of theoretical models, processes and practical skills of coaching. There is an emphasis on self-awareness, personal and professional development, critical reflection supervision.

The course consists of the following eight units:

  1. The meaning and practice of coaching
  2. Coaching relationships
  3. Coaching and the learning process
  4. The GROW technique; coaching and CBT
  5. Attitude and image management
  6. The role of change and core values
  7. Applying coaching skills in different settings
  8. Systems coaching and professional practice

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English or equivalent, but no prior knowledge is required.

Assignments: Four written assignments, plus a 4,000 word final assignment based on a coaching session.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support learner to complete the course and submit assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

Find Out More: From the Institute of Counselling here

Navigation | East Anglian Sea School | RYA | Level 3

Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster

| NEC | CAIE | GCSE / Level 2

Combined Science IGCSE

Horticulture | Horticultural Correspondence College | HCC | Level 3 | Duration: 117 hours

Conservation Studies

This introductory course aims to give you a solid understanding of the conservation and ecology of the British countryside and environment. Learners will study different habitats and their management - from woodlands and wetlands to hedgerows and heathlands - and learn about ecological principles, historical background and relevant legislation.

The course has ten lessons:

  1. Tree biology and woodland ecology
  2. Hedgerows and verges
  3. Wetlands
  4. Heathlands
  5. Seashore conservation
  6. Access to the countryside
  7. Agriculture and habitat
  8. Towards a sustainable society
  9. The urban fringe and urban wildlife
  10. Conclusions and perspective

Entry Requirements: None

Assignments: Ten tutor marked written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support submission of assignments and facilitate tutor support

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? RHS Level 3 Horticulture courses, such as Level 3 Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting from HCC.

Find Out More: From HCC here 

Construction | Study House | ABC | Level 3

Construction Technologies Theory

This course provides a foundation in the principles of construction and the skills involved. You will learn about construction design, planning processes, construction materials and explore a range of traditional and modern construction methods.

The course contains three units:

  1. Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment (60 hours)
  2. Science and Materials in Construction and the Built Environment (60 hours)
  3. Construction Technology and Design in Construction and Civil Engineering (60 hours)

Entry Requirements: No prior knowledge or qualifications required

Assignments: Three tutor marked assignments – one for each unit

Exams: No

Prison Support Requirements: Support and send off correspondence and assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Diploma in Sustainable Construction (Level 4)

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