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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 | Edexcel | A-Level | Duration: 150 hours

History A-Level 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. You’ll discover how critical thinking and evidence play a crucial role in decision making.

PET offers A-levels in two parts. Upon completing Part 1, you can choose either to take your AS exam (a qualification marking the first year of a full A-level) or continue on to Part 2 to build up to a full A-level.

The course consists of the following five 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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

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

  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?  A-Level History Part 2

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

History A-Level Part 2

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. You’ll discover how critical thinking and evidence play a crucial role in decision making.

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

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, plus History A-Level Part 1

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

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

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

 

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

History IGCSE

In History GCSE you will explore some of the key events, personalities and societies that shaped world history. Learners will also have the opportunity to develop a set of important skills such as communication, problem solving, analysis, research and independent thinking

The course consists of the following units:

  1. Germany between the wars
  2. The rise of the Nazis
  3. War and downfall
  4. Russia 1905-1917
  5. Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-1924
  6. Dictatorship in the USSR 1924-1953
  7. Soviet life in peace and war 1924-1953
  8. The changing nature of warfare 1919-1939
  9. War on land, sea and air 1939-1945
  10. New forms of conflict 1945-2011

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

Exams: Two – each are 1 hour 30 minutes, and contribute 50% of the overall 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 facilitate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? A-Level History

Find Out More: From NEC’s website

Horticulture and Animal Care | The Open College of Equine Studies | BHS | Level 1 | Duration: 90 hours

Horse Knowledge and Care (Stage 1)

If you’re looking to volunteer or work in stable management or just want to learn for leisure, this course is an ideal introduction to horse care. Covering a wide variety of useful topics, you will discover all the horse care essentials – including equine behaviour, caring for stabled and grass-kept horses, saddlery, shoeing, lameness, watering and feeding, and horse health.

The course contains nine modules, and an options study week:

  1. Introduction to Equine Anatomy
  2. Principles of Equine Behaviour
  3. Care of the Stabled Horse
  4. Care of the Grass Kept Horse
  5. Saddlery
  6. The Foot, Sheoing and Lameness
  7. Watering and Feeding
  8. Horse Health
  9. General Knowledge
  10. Optional Study Week

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Nine written assignments

Exams: There is an optional exam at the end of the course (funding not included – you will need to re-apply to PET for the exam fees).

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Facilitate and invigilate exam.

Tutor Support: Yes

Find Out More: From the Open College of Equine Studies here

Construction and Health and Safety | Electacourse | City and Guilds, IET | Level 3 | Duration: 40 hours

IET Wiring Regulations 18th Edition

British Standard (BS) wiring regulations are updated every 10 years, with the 18th edition issued in 2018. This qualification is now mandatory for all electrical work. With thorough explanations of all the regulations, emphasising those that are new and significant, this course includes over 1,000 practice questions, helping you to prepare for the 18th Edition exam.

Electacourse consider their approach to be:

  1. Understanding the context of the 18th Edition exam
  2. Thorough explanation of all regulations with an emphasis on those which are new and significant
  3. A large question bank to feed unrivalled exam practice. To date they have not had a single 18th Edition exam failure.

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Format of Course Materials: CD-ROMs plus IET Wiring Regulations book

Assignments: None, but the course contains over 1,000 practice questions.

Exams: The City & Guilds 2382-18 multiple choice exam (60 questions in 120 minutes). It can only be taken at Electacourse partner centres on ROTL or after release (19 centres across UK). We would therefore only fund this course for learners who are within two years of parole, ROTL, or release.

CAT D Prisons and Nearest Exam Centre:

Ford (Sussex) – Basingstoke: (50 miles)

Kirkham (Lancashire) – Manchester (30 miles)

North Sea Camp (South Lincolnshire) – Nottingham (60 miles)

Standford Hill (Kent) – Maidstone (20 miles)

Springhill (Buckinghamshire) – Ealing (30 miles)

Leyhill (Gloucestershire) – Gloucester (25 miles)

Hatfield (South Yorkshire) – Hull (50 miles)

Thorn Cross (Cheshire) – Manchester (20 miles)

Prescoed (South Wales) – Bristol (30 miles)

Prison Support Requirements: Ensure and facilitate PC use. Arrange exam with Electacourse if necessary.

Tutor support: None, but Electacourse are happy to be contacted in the event of any queries.

What’s Next? NEBOSH Level 2 Award in Health and Safety (ATM Safety).

Find Out More: From Electacourse directly here

Counselling, Mentoring and Teaching | NCC Home Learning | CACHE, RQF | Level 2 | Duration: 120 hours

Information, Advice and Guidance

This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key principles of information, advice and guidance. The qualification is designed for individuals who are looking to work in roles such as careers advice, peer mentoring, or housing support. You will cover interaction skills, signposting and referrals, as well as how to manage information and work within existing networks to deliver IAG.

The course consists of the following units:

  1. Information, advice or guidance (IAG) in practice
  2. Developing interaction skills for IAG
  3. Signposting and referral in IAG
  4. Managing Information
  5. Operating within networks to support IAG

Entry requirements: Level 2 in English or equivalent

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: A portfolio of evidence

Exams: None

Prison support requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor support: Yes

What’s next: Understanding Coaching and Mentoring Level 3 (NEC

Find out more: From NCC directly here 

Transport and Logistics | Logistics Learning Alliance | UKWA | Level 2 | Duration: 130 hours

Introduction to Warehousing and Logistics

Logistics, warehousing and supply chain management are rapidly growing sectors. Logistical skills are essential in retail and commerce, but also in many other fields - from the humanitarian sector to the military. This introductory course – developed in collaboration with the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) – covers the key skills and understanding needed to start a career in warehousing and the broader world of logistics.

The courses has two units that cover the following subjects:

Unit 1: Warehousing

The Warehouse function, layout and flow
Warehousing Core Principles
Inventory Management and Assisting Technology
Fiscal Law
Storage and Materials Handling
Warehouse Processes
The role and functions of mechanical handling equipment
The main cost areas and risks for warehouse operations
The Warehousing Business

Unit 2: Logistics

The Logistics Working Environment
Elements of a Total Cost Model
Aims of Staff Training and Staff Development
Employers and Employees Relating to Health and Safety
ICT Applications used in Logistics Operations
Sustainable Logistics Practice

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Twenty short written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? NEBOSH Level 2 Award in Health and Safety

Find Out More: From the LLA here

 

IOSH course

Construction and Health and Safety | Clwyd Associates | IOSH | Level 2 | Duration: 24 hours

IOSH Managing Safely

Aimed at managers, supervisors, small business owners, or anyone who wants a better understanding of health and safety from a supervisory point of view, this is an ideal introductory course in this field. You will cover assessing and controlling risks, understanding responsibilities, identifying hazards, investigating accidents and incidents, and measuring performance.

The course covers the following subjects:

Assessing Risks
Controlling Risks
Understanding Your Responsibilities
Identifying Hazards
Investigating Accidents and Incidents
Measuring Performance

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: One Written Project Assessment – a practical risk assessment.

Exams: One invigilated closed book knowledge exam – 25 multiple choice questions and short answer questions (45 minutes)

Prison Support Requirements: Support and facilitate completion of risk assessment. Facilitate and invigilate exam.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Any of the NEBOSH Level 3 Certificates provided by ATM Safety

Find Out More: Directly from Clwyd Associates’ website here

Finance | AP Education | CIMA | Level 4 | Duration: 40 hours

Islamic Finance – Certificate in Accounting for Islamic Financial Institutions

This course will help you gain understanding in a wide range of areas, starting with the reporting framework and standards of Islamic financial institutions, and the analysis and classification of Islamic funding and financing transactions. You will also learn how transactions adopting different contracts of financing are reported in Islamic financial statements, and find out about financial accountability and Sharia compliance of Islamic financial institutions.

The course consists of 12 chapters:

  1. Framework of financial reporting for Islamic financial institutions
  2. Financial reporting of Islamic financial institutions
  3. Financial statements I: balance sheet and statement of restricted investment
  4. Financial statements II: income statement and accounting policies on income determination
  5. Investment accounts and profit distribution policy
  6. Accounting and reporting: Mudarabah and Musharakah financing
  7. Accounting and reporting: Murabahah financing
  8. Accounting and reporting: Ijarah and Ijarah Muntahia Bi Tamleek
  9. Accounting and reporting: Salam and Istisna’ financing
  10. Corporate governance
  11. Auditing of Islamic financial institutions
  12. Shari’ah governance

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: None, but the course contains a study guide, exemplars, and practice questions.

Exams: One exam – 40 multiple choice questions, one hour long. (Funding not included – you will need to re-apply to PET for the exam fees).

Prison Support Requirements: Organize and invigilate exam

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Certificate in Islamic Commercial Law, Certificate in Banking and Takaful, Certificate in Islamic Capital Markets and Instruments

Find Out More: You can read about the course provider here

 

Finance | AP Education | CIMA | Level 4 | Duration: 40 hours

Islamic Finance – Certificate in Islamic Banking And Takaful – Products And Services

This course focuses on the differences between conventional and Islamic capital markets, the primary and secondary capital markets, and regulation within the Islamic capital market. After getting an overview of global developments, you will also learn about the
screening processes used in accepting and rejecting Sharia compliant products, Islamic bonds, sukuk, securities and real estate trusts.

The course contains 10 chapters:

  1. Overview of the development of Islamic financial systems and institutions
  2. Islamic financial system: Islamic capital market, takaful and settlement system
  3. Financial regulation and market standards
  4. Deposits and investment accounts
  5. Islamic banking products and services
  6. Trade finance and treasury products
  7. Takaful – an overview
  8. Takaful products and services
  9. Takaful underwriting, deficit, surpluses and retakaful
  10. The financial and operational risks of Islamic financial institutions

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: None, but the course contains a study guide, exemplars, and practice questions.

Exams: One exam – 40 multiple choice questions, one hour long. (Funding not included – you will need to re-apply to PET for the exam fees).

Prison Support Requirements: Organize and invigilate exam

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Certificate in Islamic Commercial Law, Certificate in Accounting for Islamic Financial Institutions, Certificate in Islamic Capital Markets and Instruments

Find Out More: You can read about the course provider here

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