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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.

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

Mental Health Awareness

This course is designed for learners seeking a greater understanding of Mental Health issues

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

Assignments: Coursework and a portfolio of evidence

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Assignment submission

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Understanding  Mental Health Care Level 3

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

Man doing health and safety checks

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

NEBOSH Award in Health and Safety at Work

This introductory course is aimed at anyone who needs a basic understanding of the principles of health and safety at work. It provides a general awareness of health and safety issues and can be taken by employees at all levels within the organization.

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: English Level 2 or equivalent

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

Construction, Health and Safety | ATM Safety | NEBOSH | Level 3 | Duration: 164 hours

NEBOSH Certificate in Health and Safety Management for Construction

This course is designed for supervisors and managers within the construction industry and is designed to provide a sound breadth of underpinning knowledge that enables them to discharge more effectively their duties with respect to health and safety in construction activities and is designed to cover general health and safety issues within a construction context as well as placing emphasis on the specific construction issues that make the industry amongst the most dangerous in which to work.

This course consists of three units:

  1. NGC1 – Management of Health and Safety
  2. NCC1 – Managing and Controlling Hazards in Construction Activities
  3. NCC2 – Construction Health and Safety: Practical Application

Entry requirements: Level 2 English or equivalent. A background or previous qualification in health an safety is preferred.

Assignments: None, but coursework completion is desirable and marked by a tutor (100 questions)

Exams: One open book exam

Prison support requirements: Support to submit coursework; organize and invigilate exams. The Hughes and Ferrett NEBOSH book is also desirable.

Tutor support: Yes

What’s next: Any of the other Level 3 NEBOSH Certificates.

Find Out More: From the NEBOSH website here. You can also read more about the course provider, ATM Safety here.

Health and Safety | ATM Safety | NEBOSH | Level 3 | Duration: 55 hours

NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety

The NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety syllabus is designed for managers, supervisors and employees, who have day to day responsibility for managing workplace health and safety responsibilities in the oil and gas industries, both onshore and offshore throughout the world. It also highlights the importance of process safety management.

The course covers the following subjects:

  1. Health safety and environmental management in context
  2. Hydrocarbon process safety
  3. Fire protection and emergency response
  4. Logistics and transport operations

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English or equivalent. A background or previous qualification in health an safety is preferred.

Assignments: None, but ATM Safety encourage learners to submit coursework for feedback.

Exams: There is one 2 hour written paper (IOG1), which is held 4 times a year: March, June, September and December

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Any of the other Level 3 NEBOSH Certificates.

Find Out More: From ATM Safety here

Health and Safety | ATM Safety | NEBOSH | Level 3 | Duration: 70 hours

NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management

This course is a useful qualification for those aiming to develop and implement effective environmental management systems within their organizations. The qualification focuses on the main elements of UK and EC legislation for environmental protection and general principles of the management of environmental and pollution control.

The course consists of two units:

  • EC1: Management and control of environmental hazards
  • EC2: Environmental practical application

In the two units, you will learn about Environmental Management Systems and aspect identification; Sources and use of energy and energy efficiency; Control of pollution; Planning for and dealing with environmental emergencies.

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English or equivalent. A background or previous qualification in health and safety is strongly recommended.

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

Exams: There is one theoretical (EC1) and one practical invigilated exam (EC2) reflecting the units above. The exam to be completed within 2 years from receiving the course.

Prison Support Requirements: Exam organisation and invigilation; exams are held four times a year

Tutor Support: Yes (12 months)

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

Find Out More: From NEBOSH’s website here. You can read more about the course provider, ATM Safety, here.

 

Health and Safety | ATM Safety | NEBOSH | Level 3 | Duration: 120 hours

NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety

This course is designed for people who have fire safety responsibilities at work. It provides the knowledge and understanding, when combined with relevant experience, to carry out an effective fire risk assessment, as well as embed good practice in the workplace.

The course consists three units:

  • NGC1: Management of Health and Safety
  • FC1: Fire Safety and Risk Management
  • FC2: Practical Fire Risk Assessment

These three units cover the following subject areas:

  • Management of health and safety
  • Managing fire safety
  • Principles of fire and explosion
  • Causes and prevention of fires and explosions
  • Fire protection in buildings
  • Safety of people in the event of fire
  • Fire safety risk assessment

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English. A background or previous qualification in health and safety is strongly recommended.

Assignments: None, but ATM encourage learners to submit coursework for review and feedback

Exams: One open book exam and one risk assessment.

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Any other Level 3 NEBOSH Certificate

Find Out More: From the NEBOSH website here. You can also read more about the course provider, ATM Safety here

Health and Safety | ATM Safety | NEBOSH | Level 3 | Duration: 133 Hours

NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

Relevant to every workplace, the NEBOSH National General Certificate is ideal for managers, supervisors and anybody with health and safety management responsibilities. It’s also perfect for those embarking on a health and safety career and gives you a stepping stone to success.

The course has two main units (NG1 and NG2), that cover the following subjects: 

1.  Why we should manage workplace health and safety
2.  How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
3.  Managing risk – understanding people and processes
4.  Health and safety monitoring and measuring
5.  Physical and psychological health
6.  Musculoskeletal health
7.  Chemical and biological agents
8.  General workplace issues
9.  Work equipment
10.  Fire
11. Electricity

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English or equivalent. A background or previous qualification in health and safety is strongly recommended.

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

Exams: One two-hour open book exam testing elements 1-4 (NG1). There is also one practical risk assessment, which covers elements 5-11 (NG2).

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Level 6 National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

Find Out More: From ATM Safety directly here

Health and Social Care | NCC Home Learning | NCFE, RQF | Level 2 | Duration: 120 hours

Nutrition and Health

This course is ideal for learners who are interested in improving their knowledge and understanding of nutrition as well as developing healthy eating habits.

The course comprises of three units:

  1. Exploring the principles of healthy eating
  2. Considering the nutritional needs of a variety of individuals
  3. Using food and nutritional information to plan a healthy diet

Entry Requirements: None

Assignments: On the completion of each unit, learners should successfully complete a portfolio of evidence for each of the three units, as follows:

  1. Unit 1 includes an assignment, a learner report, an activity and group discussion
  2. Unit 2 includes an assignment, a learner report and group discussion.
  3. Unit 3 includes an assignment and a learner report

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support learners submitting correspondence and facilitate communication between learner and personal tutor if necessary

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? There is no direct progression, but those interested in a career in the fitness industry may want to consider any of the courses provided by HFE

 

Sport and Fitness | HFE | REPs | Level 3 | Duration: 52 hours

Nutrition for Physical Activity

The course helps develop knowledge and understanding of key nutritional principles and healthy eating to support client goals. It also provides the learner with skills to analyse client nutritional intake in order to offer advice within scope of practice and integrate into fitness programme design. This course is a mandatory part of the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.

The course consists of the following units:
1. Digestive system
2. Carbohydrates, fats, proteins & water
3. Healthy eating guidelines
4. Weight management
5. Designing a nutrition programme

Entry Requirements: A Level 2 fitness-related qualification

Assignments:
1. Worksheets completions – Covering the principles of nutrition, and important health and safety considerations
2. Case study – Learners create a 3-day food diary based on an individual’s activity. Learners then analyse the results, and produce a set of goals to improve the individual’s dietary practices.

Exams: Yes, 10 question multiple choice exam (30 minutes)

Prison Support Requirements: To support submitting assignments and invigilating of multiple choice exam

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? HFE offer a range of similar Level 3 theory courses including Exercise for Older Adults.

Find out more: You can find more from HFE’s website here

Engineering | Open University | OU Access | OU Access Module | Duration: 270 Hours

Open University Access Module – Starting with Science, Technology and Maths (Y033)

Access modules provide the perfect introduction to university-level study. Study materials are designed to help refresh learning skills and build self-confidence, and each student has a personal OU tutor to support them. These modules can also help learners find out more about their interests, and where they want their learning to take them.

There are three main blocks:

  1. Life (Biology and ecological ideas)
  2. Water (Scientific experiments to understand how water shaped our planet)
  3. Home (Design, engineering, and computing)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths. We also require a strong endorsement from the prison as evidence that the applicant has the potential to study at this level and beyond.

Start date: February and October each year

Assignments: Four written assignments plus a few smaller assessed pieces of work

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Facilitate tutor correspondence and submission of TMAs

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? Full Undergraduate Degree

Find out more: from the OU directly here

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