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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.

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

English Language A-Level Part 2

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.

The course contains five lessons that follow on from Part 1:

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, plus English Language A-Level Part 1

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Five written assignments. These do not contribute towards the final grade.

Exams: Two – each are 2 hours 30 minutes, and contribute 40% of the marks. The Non-Exam Assessment makes up the remaining 20%. (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 invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

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

Find Out More: From NEC here

 

 

 

GCSEs | NEC | AQA | GCSE | Duration: 150 hours

English Language GCSE

This qualification can help with future job roles or further educational courses. You will learn how to develop your reading and writing, and improve your communication skills to express your ideas more effectively.

The course consists of nine 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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Ten written assignments. 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. (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? A-Level English Language

Find Out More: From NEC directly here

 

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

English Literature A-Level Part 1

This qualification 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 analysing complex literary issues using theories and critical ideas, you can develop skills useful for higher education and highly-valued in a wide variety of job roles.

You will not have the option to take the AS exam at the end of Part 1 of this course. After completing Part 1, you should apply for Part 2. Having completed both parts, you can then take the full A-Level exams which will cover everything learned in Part 1 and 2.

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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

Exams: None – go straight to Part 2

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? English A-Level Part 2

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

English Literature A-Level Part 2

This qualification 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 analysing complex literary issues using theories and critical ideas, you can develop skills useful for higher education and highly-valued in a wide variety of job roles.

The course contains six units that follow on from Part 1:

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, plus English Literature A-Level Part 1

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

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

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

GCSEs | NEC | Edexcel | GCSE | Duration: 150 hours

English Literature GCSE

This course 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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? English Literature A-Level

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

Exercise for Older Adults

This course explores how fitness professionals can make a real difference to clients' lives by understanding the ageing process and prescribing safe and effective exercise. You will learn about bodily changes for people aged 65 and over (including muscular, skeletal, nervous and cardiorespiratory changes) and find out recommendations for physical activity. Using this knowledge, you will analyse the effects changes have on the body and plan an exercise session for older adults. You will also learn how to adapt certain exercises for older clients.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Chief Medical Officer 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: Level 2 English, plus a Level 2 fitness qualification

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: A worksheet, and a case study

Exams: One multiple choice exam

Prison support requirements:  Support completion and submission of assignments. Facilitate and invigilate 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

Horticulture and Animal Care | Institute of Fisheries Management | IFM | Level 3 | Duration: 110 hours

Fisheries Management

People aspiring to work in the fishing industry – for example as a water bailiff, fisheries inspector, or in a similar position in commercial fisheries – would be well-advised to consider this course. It also provides a sound knowledge base for those interested in running their own fisheries. On this course you’ll find out about water quality, freshwater and fish biology, fisheries law and enforcement, monitoring and improvement, and angling and recreation.

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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: None, but coursework can be sent to tutors for feedback and exam preparation.

Exams: Six open book exams, 1 hour 30 minutes each. Units 1-3 are compulsory, then learners can choose 3 out of 4 of the remaining units (4-7).

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of coursework. Organise and invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

Find Out More: From the IFM here

Arts and Writing | NCTJ | Level 3 | Duration: 60 hours

Foundation Journalism

Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), this course has been especially adapted for PET learners to help you develop your journalistic skills. You will complete units on the English language, news stories, recording information, feature writing and sports reporting.

There are six available units, that combine to create eleven credits:

  1. How to use the English language
  2. Using the English language
  3. How to tell a news story
  4. Recording information
  5. Feature writing
  6. Sports reporting

This course includes several additional unites that can be completed on ROTL or upon release in order to gain the full qualification.

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Written Coursework, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Assignment (e.g. an article in prison newspaper or magazine)

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Ensuring students have access to media sources, such as newspapers and magazines.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? A-Level English Language (Part 1), or Open University Access Module YO33: Starting with Arts and Languages

Find Out More: From the NCTJ here

Health and Social Care | Open Study College | CACHE | Level 3 | Duration: 240 hours

Health and Social Care Award Level 3

Whether you wish to find work in a health and social care setting or you are looking to go onto higher education, this course leads to a widely-recognised qualification that can help you to achieve your goals. Entirely theory-based, with this course you will expand your knowledge of the key subject areas of health and social care.

The course has three units:

  1. Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  2. Human Growth and Development
  3. Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care

The level 3 Award is more in-depth and covers a larger amount of information than the Level 2 Certificate. The questions given for the written assignments will be more in-depth as well, and you having to show more understanding in your answers.

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Three written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments.

Tutor Support: Yes

Find Out More: From the OSC here

 

Health and Social Care | Open Study College | CACHE | Level 2 | Duration: 240 hours

Health and Social Care Certificate Level 2

Providing a strong foundation for those who aspire to work in the health and social care sector, this course leads to a nationally-recognised qualification. You’ll explore equality, diversity and rights, human development and safeguarding practices – building yourself the perfect platform for higher levels of study.

The course has three units:

  1. Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  2. Human Growth and Development
  3. Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Three written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Health and Social Care Level 3 Award

Find Out More: From the OSC here

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