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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.

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

Islamic Finance – Certificate in Islamic Capital Markets and Instruments

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 consists of 14 chapters:

1. Overview of global Islamic capital market developments
2. Islamic capital markets and instruments
3. Growth and development of Islamic capital markets
4. Essential Shari’ah principles governing the Islamic capital market (1)
5. Essential Shari’ah principles governing the Islamic capital market (2)
6. Islamic bonds
7. Islamic Sukuks
8. Islamic asset-backed securities
9. Islamic equity screening criteria
10. Islamic mutual funds/unit trusts: an overview
11. Islamic mutual funds /unit trusts: contracts and products
12. Islamic real estate investment trusts
13. Islamic structured products and derivatives
14. Principles and contracts underlying Islamic structured products

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 Accounting for Islamic Financial Institutions, Certificate in Islamic Banking and Takful, Certificate in Islamic Commercial Law

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 Commercial Law

With this course you will gain an introduction to Islamic commercial law as it relates to Islamic finance. You will study the sources of the Islamic commercial law, including the Qur’an and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as the methodologies used to solve modern problems in Islamic Finance. You will also focus on Sharia compliance and the importance of Sharia standards.

The course contains 11 chapters:

1. An introduction to Islamic finance
2. Shari’ah compliance
3. Source of Islamic Commercial Law
4. Methodology of interpretation of Islamic commercial law
5. Formation of contracts
6. Classification of contracts
7. Comparison of classifications of contracts
8. Traditional Islamic contracts and Islamic finance
9. Overview of Islamic banking, Takaful and capital market products
10. Application of Islamic contracts in Islamic finance
11. Implementation of Shari’ah standards, policies and rulings in Islamic finance

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 Capital Markets and Instruments, Certificate in Islamic Banking and Takaful, Certificate in Accounting for Islamic Financial Institutions

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

Languages | Linguaphone | Unaccredited | Level 2 | Duration: 100 hours

Languages

Learning a language is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture and can help break down barriers when you meet people from other countries. It can also give you an added advantage if you want to work for a company with international customers.

While our language courses do not result in a qualification, they are ideal if you are interested in speaking and understanding a new language to a high standard.

We offer the following languages via Linguaphone’s CD-and-workbook complete courses, which take you from beginner to advanced:

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

This course requires access to a C.D. Player - PET cannot provide this.

Entry Requirements: English Level 2

Format of Course Materials: CD-ROMs plus workbooks

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.

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

Law A-Level Part 1

This course explores the English legal system and substantive law, including criminal and civil law. You’ll consider different scenarios – applying legal rules, constructing arguments and evaluating key legal issues and concepts. The course will also develop your problem-solving and analytical thinking, as well as your essay writing, research and debating skills – preparing you for a diverse range of future career paths.

You will not have the option to take the AS exam at the end of Part 1 of this course. After completing Part 1, you should apply for Part 2. Having completed both parts, you can then take the full A-Level exams which will cover everything learned in Part 1 and 2.

The course consists of four lessons:

  1. Law-Making
  2. The English Legal System
  3. Criminal Law
  4. Tort

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

Exams: None – go straight to Part 2

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Law A-Level Part 2

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

Law A-Level Part 2

This course explores the English legal system and substantive law, including criminal and civil law. You’ll consider different scenarios – applying legal rules, constructing arguments and evaluating key legal issues and concepts. The course will also develop your problem-solving and analytical thinking, as well as your essay writing, research and debating skills – preparing you for a diverse range of future career paths.

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

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, plus Law A-Level Part 1

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

Exams: Three – each are 2 hours long, and contribute 33.3% of the final 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 invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Open University Access Module Y032 People, Work and Society.

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

Mathematics A-Level Part 1

This course will help 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, developing the strong mathematical knowledge needed to write structured solutions and formulate reasoned arguments.

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 contains five lessons:

  1. Pure Mathematics 1 (Algebra 1, Indices and surds, coordinate geometry, quadratics, graphs, trigonometry 1)
  2. Pure Mathematics 2 ( Algebra 2, circles, binomial expansion, differentiation 1, exponentials and logarithms 1)
  3. Pure Mathematics 3 (Trigonometry 2, differentiation 2, exponentials and logarithms 2, integration, vectors)
  4. Statistics 1 (Mathematical models in statistics, measures of location and spread, representing data, probability, hypothesis testing)
  5. Mechanics 1 (Mathematical models in mechanics, Kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line, forces, vectors in mechanics, variable acceleration)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

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 (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?  Maths A-Level Part 2

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

Mathematics A-Level Part 2

This course will help 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, developing the strong mathematical knowledge needed to write structured solutions and formulate reasoned arguments.

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

6. Pure Mathematics 4 (Algebra 3, functions and graphs, trigonometry 3, sequences and series)
7. Pure Mathematics 5 (Trigonometry 4, sequences and series 2, differentiation 3, integration 2)
8. Pure Mathematics 6 (Numerical methods, differentiation 4, parameters, integration 3, differential equations)
9. Statistics 2 (Correlation and regression, probability, the normal distribution, approximations and testing)
10. Mechanics 2 (Moments, equilibrium 2, forces and motion, projectiles, further kinematics)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths, plus Maths 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 – each are 2 hours long, and contribute 33.3% towards the final grade. Learners can use a calculator in all three exams. (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 invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

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

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

Maths GCSE

This qualification will help you gain more confidence in basic mathematical skills, covering topics such as fractions, decimals and Pythagoras’ Theorem. By studying this course, you 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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Eleven written assignments. These do not count towards the final grade.

Exams: Three Exams, each are 1 hour 30 minutes, and contribute 33.% to the final 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 Maths or Open University Access Module YO33: Science, Technology and Maths

Find Out More: Via NEC here

Health and Social Care | Distance Learning Centre | CACHE, RQF | Level 2 | Duration: 160 hours

Mental Health Awareness

This course is designed for those seeking a greater understanding of mental health issues, and is equally suitable for experienced health care workers or those new to the sector. You will learn about a wide range of mental health issues, including stress, anxiety, phobias, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, and eating disorders.

The following units are included:

1 – Understanding Mental Health
2 – Stress
3 – Anxiety
4 – Phobias
5 – Depression
6 – Post-Natal Depression
7 – Bipolar Disorder
8 – Schizophrenia
9 – Dementia
10 – Eating Disorders

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Ten written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Understanding  Mental Health Care Level 3

Find Out More: On the Distance Learning Centre’s website here

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Construction and Health and Safety | ATM Safety | NEBOSH | Level 2 | Duration: 24 hours

NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work

This is an introductory course aimed at anyone who needs a basic understanding of the principles of health and safety at work. You will cover risk assessments and control, work equipment and workplace safety, transport, electrical and fire safety, hazardous substances, manual handling and repetitive movement. This is the perfect platform for taking further National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) courses at a higher level.

The course contains two units:

  • HSW1 – Workplace Safety Foundations
  • HSW2 – Workplace Risk Assessment

These units will cover the following subjects:

  • Health and safety foundations and responsibilities
  • Risk assessment and risk control
  • Work equipment and workplace safety
  • Transport safety
  • Electrical safety
  • Fire safety
  • Manual handling and repetitive movement
  • Hazardous substances

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: None, but coursework is recommended to send to ATM for feedback before exams.

Exams: HSW1 is assessed via a 1 hour multiple choice question exam. HSW2 is assessed by a 1 hour practical assessment.

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? NEBOSH Level 3 National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

Find Out More: From ATM Safety here

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