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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.

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

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

| 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: Level 2 English. 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

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 | AS-Level / Level 3

English Language AS-Level

| NEC | AQA | GCSE / Level 2

English Language GCSE

| NEC | AQA | AS-Level / Level 3

English Literature AS-Level

| NEC | Edexcel | GCSE / Level 2

English Literature GCSE

| Stonebridge | ABC | Level 4 | Duration: 105 hours

Environmental Waste Management

This course covers the knowledge required for the managing, collecting and disposing of waste in the work place. It also includes waste treatment and management, including recycling and street cleaning.

The course consists of 7 units:

  1. Conservation and waste
  2. Sewerage
  3. Street cleaning and the disposal of refuse
  4. The effects of industry on the environment
  5. Nuclear fuel and waste
  6. Water and its treatment
  7. Waste and recycling

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 7 assignments (one per unit), which is marked and returned for feedback.

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support the sending of correspondence

Tutor Support: Yes via post

What’s Next? NEBOSH Environmental courses or Open University Access Modules.

Find Out More: On Stonebridge’s website here

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