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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 | Stonebridge | QCF | Level 2

Counselling Skills

This qualification will introduce learners to the use of counselling skills in everyday life and also some of the approaches that underpin the use of these skills. Learners will also explore how to engage in a counselling interaction effectively. This qualification does not qualify learners to practise as a counsellor, however, it may be a useful stepping stone for further progress.

The course consists of four units:

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

Entry Requirements: English Level 2, but no previous experience in counselling is required

Assessments: Four written tutor marked assignments (one for each unit, sent one by one)

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support assignment submissions

Tutor Support: Yes

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

Find out more: On Stonebridge’s website here

Business and Management | Rocketeer | Level 3 | Duration: 120 hours

Creating and Starting a Digital Business

This course is ideal for people looking to launch a small local enterprise, or those with aspirations to run a global digital company. The course covers marketing, business planning, finance and networking, taking you from the business conception through to making your first sale. It also ensures learners are up to date with current technological possibilities.

The course consists of 5 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 and Maths

Assignments: Each module has a number of self-assessed tasks and activities. Once these are completed, this creates the basis for a business plan. A “Business Plan Generator” is included with the course.

There are also three additional comprehensive assessment sections – these are submitted and marked before the certificate is issued.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support learners through units and submit assessments

Tutor Support: Rocketeer offer email and phone support if required. Students can also access Rocketeer’s platform for 12 months after realase at no charge to continue their study.

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

Find Out More: Rocketeer provide more information here

Writing and Proofreading | NEC | Unaccredited | Level 3 | Duration: 30 - 60 hours

Creative Writing – NEC

For those who enjoy writing and are interested in learning more about its technical side, this course gives the underlying knowledge to improve techniques and boost your confidence in writing.

This course looks at writing in different styles, covering all the skills and techniques used in fiction writing. As well as taking a close look at methods used in fiction, students will have a go at writing non-fiction material, such as for magazine articles. It’s a broad and wide-reaching course that will test writing skills and challenge students to write in new ways.

Units: Autobiography, Short stories, Novels, Younger readers, Genre, Play writing, Poetry, Non-fiction, Articles, Reviews

Entry requirements: Level 2 English

Course format: Paper-based. No set texts or resources necessary

Assignment: Eleven tutor-market assignments

External tutor: Yes

Prison support requirements: Support to submit assignments

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


Writing and Proofreading | The Writers Bureau | Unaccredited | Level 3

Creative Writing – The Writers’ Bureau

This popular course is very wide-ranging and comprehensive, and is suitable for those who wish to develop their writing skills for pleasure, but also for those looking for a course that will help get published. The course is written by professional writers and all the tutors are themselves published. You will learn about style, presentation, copyright, and how to sell your writing.

This course consists of ten units:
1. Your writing style
2. Selling your work
3. Article Writing
4. Legal and business aspects
5. Non-fiction
6. Novels
7. Short stories
8. Characters and dialogue
9. Genre Fiction
10. Writing for TV, radio and theatre

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 10 tutor marked assignments – one for each unit

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? AS Level English (Literature or Language), OU Access Module Y031, Starting with Arts + Languages

Navigation | East Anglian Sea School | RYA | Level 3

Day Skipper

Health and Social Care | BSY Certificate | Level 2

Deaf Awareness and Sign Language

Animal Care | Stonebridge | Level 3 | Duration: 96 hours

Dog Grooming Professional

This course teaches students how to groom dogs effectively and professionally, covering a diverse range of topics including safety, canine anatomy, first aid, bathing, brushing and trimming.

The course consists of 12 units:

  1. Welcome and Safety
  2. Business Basics
  3. Getting Started
  4. Anatomy and Health
  5. Pre-bath
  6. Bathin
  7. Drying
  8. Ears, Eyes, Teeth, Feet and Bum
  9. Smooth and Medium Coats
  10. Long Coats
  11. Wire Coats
  12. Curly Coats

Entry Requirements: None

Assignments: 12 written assignments, one for each unit.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Animal Care Level 3 (Stonebridge), Introduction to Canine Psychology (Animal Care College)

Find Out More: via Stonebridge here

Fashion | Stonebridge | ABC | Level 3

Dressmaking and Fashion Design

| NEC | AQA | AS-Level / Level 3

Economics AS-Level

Education and Advice | NEC | TQUK | Level 3 | Duration: 55 hours

Education and Training Award

This course is designed for anyone interested in delivering training, for example in the workplace, training centre, college, or voluntary organization. This course replaces the popular PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector)., and would suit learners who are involved in teaching others in prison and want to work towards a widely recognised qualification in this field. This course explores the roles and responsibilities of the teacher, and covers topics such as planning and delivering sessions, assessment methods and record keeping.

The course consists of the following sections:

1: Roles, responsibilities and relationships
2: Assessment in education and training
3: Inclusive teaching and learning
4: Planning and preparation

Entry Requirements: GCSE English or equivalent. Applicants also need to be at least 19 years old.

Assignments: Four tutor marked assignments, one for each section

Exams: Yes, practical exam of 15 minute teaching session to your tutor to be awarded the full Award.

Prison Support Requirements: Indicate to NEC whether a Microteach element, including a video of teaching, is possible to complete in the prison.  We can fund this course without the Microteach element, which can then be completed at a later date when it is possible.

Tutor Support: Yes

Find Out More: From NEC here

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