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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 2020’s most popular courses

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

| NEC | Edexcel | GCSE / Level 2 | 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

Assignments: 11 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.

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

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

Horse Knowledge and Care (Stage 1)

Providing an introduction to horse care and stable management, this course covers a wide variety of subjects including anatomy, behaviour, care, nutrition, saddlery and shoeing. The course prepares students for the BHS Equine Excellence Pathway.

The course contains 9 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

Assignments: There are 9 assignments (one per compulsory module), which include questions and activities.

Exams: There is an optional exam at the end of the course – this will need to be arranged and paid for separately.

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. If students wish to sit the exam, then facilitation of the exam will be required – most likley at an external exam centre.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next?  Animal Care Level 3 from Stonebridge

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

Engineering | Electacourse | IET 18th Edition | Level 3 | Duration: 40 hours

IET Wiring Regulations 18th Edition

British Standard (BS) wiring regulations are updated every 10 years (18th edition replaced 17th in 2018) and this qualification is now mandatory for all electrical work. This course will prepare learners to take the City and Guilds exam, but no qualification will be achieved unless the exam is passed.

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: PET can only fund learners who are in, or close to transferring to open conditions – this enables the learner to complete the course in time to be able to travel to nearby exam centre (See exam info below.) Level 2 English and Maths is required, and learners should ideally have prior experience or study in electrical field. If a learner has previously passed the 17th edition, it is still recommended that they complete the full 18th course.

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

Exams: The City & Guilds 2382-18 multiple choice exam is open book and is designed to test the examinee’s ability to locate regulations within the book in a tight time scale (60 questions in 120 minutes). It can only be taken at Electacourse partner centres on ROTL or after release (19 centres across UK).

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 (Buckinhamshire) – 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: The course is on a CD Drive, so access to a stand-alone computer is necessary. The prison will need to contact Electacourse to arrange the exam at a local centre when the learner is ready.

Tutor support: The course is self-contained but Electacourse are happy to be contacted in the event of any queries.

What’s Next? Learners can consider a wide range of courses to complement this qualification, including NEBOSH Level 2 or 3 courses (ATM Safety), or alternatively an Open University Access Module, such as Science, Technology and Maths (YO33).

Find Out More: From Electacourse directly here

Education and Advice | NCC Home Learning | RQF | Level 2 | Duration: 120 hours

Information, Advice or Guidance

This course aims to develop the learners' knowledge and understanding of the key principles of information, advice and guidance, and applying these within their own context. The qualification is designed for individual who work in, or are looking for work in the following areas: Careers advisor, peer mentor, housing support worker etc.

The course consists of the following units:

  1. Information, advice or guidance (IAG) in practive
  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

Assignments: A tutor-marked portfolio of evidence (completed activities in the five unit areas)

Exams: None

Prison support requirements: Support learners to submit assignments

Tutor support: Yes (12 months)

What’s next: Certificate in Mentoring, Certificate in Coaching (Both with the Institute of Counselling)

Find out more: From NEC directly here 

IOSH course

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

IOSH Managing Safely

The course is aimed at managers, supervisors, small business owners, or anyone who wants a better understanding of Health and Safety from a supervisory point of view.

The course contains the following subjects:

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

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: Written Project Assessment – practical risk assessment. Submission on the day of your exam.

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

Prison Support Requirements: Organize prison workshop placement

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

Languages | Linguaphone

Languages

Linguaphone offers "Complete Courses" (Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced), in various languages. They are for learners interested in learning how to speak a new language, rather than gaining a new qualification.

The following languages are available:

English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Swedish, Thai and Greek.

Entry Requirements: English Level 2

Assignments: None – these is a self-assessed course.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Ensure access to a CD Player

Tutor Support: No

What’s Next? Another Language!

Find Out More: Linguaphone offer further information here.

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

Law A-Level Goldstar Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1, this course will help learners obtain a full A-Level in Law should they take all the exams. It focuses on tort, criminal law, and human rights.

We will no longer fund Part 1 after December 2020 as the final opportunity to take the AS exam is in summer 2021. If a learner has already been funded for Part 1, we will consider funding them for Part 2 as they can take the full A level exams (Parts 1 and 2) until 2022. If you have any queries, please contact PET.

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. Criminal law – offences against the person
6. Criminal law – property offences
7: Tort
8. Human rights 1
9. Human rights 2
10. Nature of law

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

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

Exams: Three – each are 2 hours long, and contribute 33.3% 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 Y032 People, Work and Society.

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

Maths A-Level Goldstar Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1, this course will help learners obtain a full A-Level in Maths should they take all the exams. It develops on knowledge gained in Part 1 with additional units in Pure Maths, Statistics and Mechanics.

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. Pure Mathematics 4
7. Pure Mathematics 5
8. Pure Mathematics 6
9. Statistics 2
10. Mechanics 2

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

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

Exams: Three exams – each are 2 hours long, and contribute 33.3% towards the final grade. Learners can use a calculator in all three exams.

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Open University Access Module Y033 Science, Technology and Maths

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

Maths AS-Level Goldstar Part 1

This course will enable you to develop excellent numeracy skills and gain a sound ability to interpret and process data sets. You’ll also learn to be resilient and to think creatively and strategically, as you develop strong mathematical knowledge that enables you to write structured solutions, prove and justify your results to formulate reasoned arguments.

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 contains units:

1. Pure Mathematics 1
2. Pure Mathematics 2
3. Pure Mathematics 3
4. Statistics 1
5. Mechanics 1

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

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 (62.5% of marks) – Calculator
  2. 1 hour 15 minutes (37.5% of marks) – Calculator

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 Module – Science, Technology and Maths (Y033).

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

Maths GCSE

Math GCSE will help you gain more confidence in basic mathematical skills covering topics such as fractions, decimals and Pythagoras' Theorem. By studying this course, learners will become better-equipped in terms of critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills.

The course consists of the following units:

  1. Working with numbers and fractions
  2. Decimals, percentages and introduction to algebra
  3. Patterns, shapes and symmetry
  4. Probability, presenting data and using graphs
  5. Indices and surds, length and area
  6. Constructions and diagrams, Pythagoras’ theory
  7. Shapes, solids and trigonometry
  8. Enlargements and more trigonometry
  9. Transformations, variation, more statistics and vectors
  10. Similarity, everyday calculations, algebra and circle theorems

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 11 assignments (corresponding to the above units, plus one introductory assignment). These do not count towards the final grade.

Exams: Three Exams, each are 1 hour 30 minutes, and contribute 33.% to the final grade.

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? A-Level Maths or Open University Access Module YO33: Science, Technology and Maths

Find Out More: Via NEC here

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