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

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

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

English Language A-Level Goldstar Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1, this course will help learners obtain a full A-Level in English Language should they take all the exams. It focuses on literacy, language, reading and writing.

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.

Part 1 contains lessons 1-5, and Part 2 contains 6-10:

6. Original Writing (Non-Exam Assessment)
7. Early Child Language Acquisition
8. Reading and Writing
9. Language Change and Diversity
10. The language Investigation (Non Exam Assessment)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 5 – one for each lesson. These do not contribute towards the final grade.

Exams: Two – each are 2 hours 30 minutes, and contribute 40% of the marks. One coursework task also contributes 20% of the final grade.

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Open University Access Module Y031 – Arts and Languages

Find Out More: From NEC here

 

 

 

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

English Language AS-Level Goldstar Part 1

This course deepen your linguistic analysis skills and explore 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 gain a deep understanding of the terminology and grammar that underpins the English language, building your understanding of how language works in the way it does.

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. 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

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 submission and completion of assignments. Organize and invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Goldstar Part 2, or OU Access Modules Y031 Arts and Languages, or Y032 People. Work and Society.

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

English Language GCSE

This course is vital for future career progression and for further educational courses. You will learn how to develop your reading and writing skills, and improve your communication skills to express your ideas more effectively.

The course consists of 9 units:

  1. Creative Reading (1)
  2. Creative Reading (2)
  3. Creative Writing (1)
  4. Creative Writing (2)
  5. Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives (1)
  6. Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives (2)
  7. Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives (3)
  8. Preparing for the Exam (1)
  9. Preparing for the Exam (2)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 10 assignments (corresponding to the above units, plus one introductory assignment). These do not count towards the final grade.

Exams: Two – both are 1 hour 45 minutes. There is also an optional non-exam assessment to demonstrate your skills in spoken language.

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? A-Level English Language

Find Out More: From NEC directly here

 

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

English Literature A-Level Goldstar Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1, this course will help learners obtain a full A-Level in English Literature should they take all the exams. It focuses on modern prose, and helps you prepare for the exam.

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.

Part 1 contains lessons 1-4, and Part 2 contains 5-10:

5. Non-Exam Assessment
6. Modern Times: Spies
7. Modern Times: All My Sons
8. Modern Times: Skirrid Hill
9. Modern Times: Unseen Prose
10. Revision

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 6 – one for each lesson. These do not contribute towards the final grade.

Exams: Two:

One three hour exam (40% of marks)
One 2 hour 30 minute exam (40% of marks)
Non-Exam Assessment – coursework task (20% of marks)

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Open University Access Module Y031 Arts and Languages

Find Out More: From NEC here

| NEC | Edexcel | AS-Level / Level 3 | Duration: 150 hours

English Literature AS-Level Goldstar Part 1

English Literature will help you to develop an enjoyment and love of the written word. By reading widely, and critically, across centuries, gender and genre, you will develop as an independent reader and critic. Through analyzing complex literary issues using theories and critical ideas, you can develop skills useful for higher education level and highly-valued in a wide variety of job roles.

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.Love through the ages: The Great Gatsby
2. Love through the ages: pre-1900 poetry
3. Love through the ages: Othello
4. Love through the ages: unseen poetry

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 5 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 submission and completion of assignments. Organize and invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Goldstar Part 2, or OU Access Modules Y031 Arts and Languages, or Y032 People. Work and Society.

Find Out More: From NEC here

| NEC | Edexcel | GCSE / Level 2 | Duration: 150 hours

English Literature GCSE

GCSE English Literature explores a variety of classic literary works, and will improve your reading, communication and analytical skills to deepen your experience of literature for life.

The course consists of the following units:

Section 1: Introductory Prose Skills
Section 2: Frankenstein
Section 3: Introductory Poetry Skills
Section 4: Anthology Poems, Part 1
Section 5: Introduction to Drama
Section 6: Twelfth Night
Section 7: Anthology Poems, Part 2
Section 8: An Inspector Calls
Section 9: Unseen Poetry

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 9 written assignments (corresponding to the above units, plus one introductory assignment). These do not contribute toward the final grade.

Exams: 2 exams – both are 1 hour 45 minutes, and are 50% of the total grade.

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? English Literature A-Level

Find Out More: From NEC here

Sport and Fitness | HFE | REPs | Level 3 | Duration: 40 hours

Exercise for Older Adults

This course explores how fitness professionals can make a real difference in clients' lives by understanding the ageing process and prescribing safe and effective exercise.

Course content includes:

  • Recommendations for 65+ years of physical activity
  • Understanding changes to the muscular, skeletal, nervous and cardio-respiratory systems
  • Analysing the effects that changes to those systems have on the body
  • How to plan an exercise session for older clients
  • Safely adapting various exercises for older clients

Entry requirements: In order to be certificated for this course, students must already possess an accredited level 2 fitness instruction qualification

Assignments: 2: A worksheet, and a case study

Exams: Multiple choice exam (prison must provide the name of the invgilator and proposed exam date, and liaise with HFE and the awarding body)

Prison support requirements:  Submitting assignments, invigilation of exam

Tutor support: Yes

What’s next: HFE offer a range of similar Level 3 theory courses including Nutrition for Physical Activity. 

Find out more: On HFE’s website here

Agriculture | Institute of Fisheries Management | IFM | Level 3

Fisheries Management

People aspiring to work in the water industry, for example as a water bailiff, fisheries inspector, or a similar position in a commercial run fisheries would be well-advised to consider this course. It provides a sound knowledge base for those interested in running their own fisheries too.

The course consists of seven modules:

  1. Water Quality
  2. Freshwater and Fish Biology
  3. Fisheries Law
  4. Fish Culture and Husbandry
  5. Fisheries Maintenance, Monitoring and Improvements
  6. Angling and Recreation
  7. Fisheries Enforcement

Entry Requirements:  Level 2 English. Applicants need to be able to sit the exams in either September or January of each year.

Assignments: Coursework to be sent to tutors for feedback.

Exams: Six 90 minute “open book” exams are required. The fixed exam topics are Modules 1-3. Learners then select 3 of the remaining units for the rest of their assessment.

Prison Support Requirements: Support sending off assignments, and organising and invigilating exams

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Conservation Studies (HCC)

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

History A-Level Goldstar Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1, this course will help learners obtain a full A-Level in History should they take all the exams. It focuses on 19th and 20th Century German history and helps you prepare for the exams.

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.

Part 1 contains lessons 1-5, and Part 2 contains 6-10:

6. Coursework – Non Exam Assessment
7. Prosperity and Social Change – Germany 1871-1990
8. Germany United 1871-1935
9. Germany Divided and Re-united 1945-1990
10. Revision

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 5 – one for each lesson. These do not contribute towards the final grade.

Exams: Three exams

1. 2 hours, 15 minutes (30% of overall grade)
2. 1 hour, 30 minutes (30% of overall grade)
3. 2 hours, 15 minutes (30% of overall grade)

One coursework task (20% of overall grade)

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Open University Access Module Y031 Arts and Languages, or Y032 People, Work and Society

Find Out More: From NEC here

 

| NEC | Edexcel | AS-Level / Level 3 | Duration: 150 hours

History AS-Level Goldstar Part 1

From the abolition of the slave trade to the history of Germany, studying this course will improve your knowledge of the past, whilst also developing valuable skills for your future. It will help you to become a more inquiring, critical and analytical thinker, and to develop reasoned arguments and draw logical conclusions. Studying History provides exceptional preparation for many careers where critical thinking and evidence plays a crucial role in decision making.

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 5 units:

1. The growth of parliamentary democracy c1785–c1870
2. Industrialisation, protest and trade unionism c1785–c1870
3. Poverty and pauperism; the abolition of the slave trade
4. The unification of Germany 1: c1840–51
5. The unification of Germany 1: c1852–71

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 6 written assignments (corresponding to the above units, plus one introductory assignment). These do not contribute toward the final grade.

Exams: Two exams:

  1. 2 hours, 15 minutes (60% of marks)
  2. 1 hour 30 minutes (40% of marks)

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: Arts and Languages (Y031), or People, Work and Society (Y032).

Find Out More: From NEC here

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