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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
How to Help a Hearing Aid User

Lesson 3
Conditions / Communication Methods
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

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

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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