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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.

Health and Social Care | BSY | ABC, BSY Certificate | Level 2

Deaf Awareness and Sign Language

This course enables learners to develop a better understanding of the challenges that deafness can bring. Learners will also study British, American and Spanish sign language, the deaf-blind manual alphabet, and the block alphabet.

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

Assignments: Self-assessed questions at the end of each lesson

Exams: Upon completion of all lessons, learners can take a written, open-book, non-invigilated exam, comprising of 10 questions. This should then be submitted via post.

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of lessons and exam materials.

Tutor Support: Yes

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

Find Out More: Directly from BSY here

Journalism | National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) | NCTJ | Duration: 150 hours

Diploma in Foundation Journalism

A widely recognized qualification for journalists that follows on from the Certificate in Foundation Journalism. It will not be possible in most prisons due to the requirement to use digital media, but may be possible to complete in open conditions or on ROTL, for those learners who have already completed the Certificate modules

The course consists of one mandatory unit:

  1. Writing for Digital Media

Learners must then study four of the following optional units:

  • Using audio to tell a story
  • Using video to tell a story
  • Taking images suitable for publication
  • Community radio news
  • Finding and using data
  • The history of news
  • How society works

Entry Requirements: English Level 2. Applicants must also have completed the NCTJ Certificate in Foundation Journalism

Assignments: 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 is especially helpful too.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? A-Level in English Language, or Open University Access Module Y031 Arts and Languages, or Y032 People, Work and Society 

Find Out More: From the NCTJ here

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: Level 2 English

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

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

Drawing 1: Drawing Skills

This is a standalone course that develops fundamental drawing techniques such as using line and tone, and understanding perspective, proportion and form. You'll also be encouraged to explore and experiment with surface, scale and media. Please note that learners will need to self-fund or secure a bursary from the OCA for part of the cost of this course, before applying to PET for the remaining £500. This course does not come with art materials - PET can consider funding these, but a separate application will need to be made.

The course consists of 5 parts:

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

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English. No previous art qualifications are required, but a portfolio of drawings must be submitted to the OCA for approval in order for them to offer a bursary.

Assignments: 5 assignments, corresponding to the 5 units. The first is a diagnostic assignment, and not submitted for formal assessment.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Prisons should secure some basic study equipment such as pencils, paper and a sketchbook. They should also facilitate communication with tutors, and submit assignments. Students can apply to PET for the basic materials if these cannot be sourced internally.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Another OCA Module, such as Painting 1: Understanding Painting Media, or Painting 1: Practice of Painting

Find Out More: From the OCA here

Fashion | Stonebridge | ABC | Level 3 | Duration: 110 hours

Dressmaking and Fashion Design

Covering fashion items and the industry, this courses teaches learners about fabrics, patterns and the basic equipment needed for garment construction. Please note that sewing machines, needles and fabrics are needed to complete the course, and are not included in the course materials.

The course comprises of 11 units:

  1. Fashion Awareness
  2. Patterns
  3. Fibres in Common Use
  4. Tools and Equipment
  5. Lays
  6. Lined Bodices
  7. Closings and Fastenings
  8. Fabric Layout
  9. Fashion Awareness
  10. An Introduction to Fashion Drawing
  11. Working in the Business

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Prisons also need to facilitate access to sewing machines, needles, scissors, fabrics and glues.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Beauty Make-Up Professional, also from Stonebridge

Find Out More: From Stonebridge here

Business and Management | NEC | Edexcel | A-Level | Duration: 150 hours

Economics A-Level Goldstar Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1, this course will help learners obtain a full A-Level in Economics should they take all the exams. It focuses on markets and macroeconomic policy.

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 1-6, and Part 2 contains 7-10:

7. The Business Environment
8. Choosing Strategic Direction
9. Strategic Change
10. Managing Strategic Change

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Assignments: 4 written assignments – one for each lesson. These do not contribute towards the final grade.

Exams: Three exams, each are two hours long. Two contribute 35% of the overall grade, and the final exam makes up the remaining 30%.

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

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

Economics AS-Level Goldstar 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. If you’re pursuing a career in business, finance or politics, this qualification is useful and the course will also build your problem-solving, analytical and decision-making skills, in readiness for a wide range of future career and university choices.

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 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

Assignments: 7 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 completion and submission of assignments. Organize and facilitate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next?  Goldstar Part 2, or OU Access: People, Work and Society (Y032), or Science, Technology and Maths (Y033).

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

Education and Training Award

This course replaces the old 'Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector' (PTTLS) qualification, and is the first step towards a career in post-16 or adult level teaching or training. It will teach you how to plan, deliver and assess effective learning.

The course consists of 4 main units:

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

Entry Requirements: English Level 2. Applicants must be over 19 years old, If you are successful in applying to PET, NEC also require you to fill in an additional enrolment form before your course materials are dispatched.

Assignments: Four tutor marked assignments

Exams: Yes – one practical exam of a 15 minute teaching session (to be awarded the full Award)

Prison Support Requirements: Facilitate completion and submission of assignments, plus exam if possible. (This can also be done after release if necessary). Completion and submission of the additional enrolment form is also required.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Teaching skills can be useful in many areas, so depending on the area of interest of the applicant, they can apply for any of our vocational or academic courses. PET also offer TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) at Level 5.

Find Out More: From NEC here

Engineering | Study House | ABC | Level 3 | Duration: 180 hours

Electrical Technologies Theory

This course will introduce you to a range of processes and regulations required in good practice for electricians and electrical engineers, especially in a construction environment. This includes a comprehensive overview of health & safety protocols.

The course consists of three units:

  1. Health, Safety and Welfare in Construction and the Built Environment (60 hours)
  2. Electrical Principles in Building Services Engineering (60 hours)
  3. Electrical Installation Standards and Components in Building Services Engineering (60 hours)

Entry Requirements:  Level 2 English and Maths, but no prior knowledge or qualifications required

Assignments: Three tutor support assignments – one for each unit.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support and send off correspondence and assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Level 3 Certificate in Heating, Ventilation&Air Conditioning(HVAC), or 18th Edition Wiring Regulations

| 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

 

 

 

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