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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.

Sport and Fitness | HFE | REPs | Level 2 | Duration: 250 hours

Exercise to Music – Passport to Level 2 Certificate

This qualification provides an entry-level route into the fitness industry. It's tailored for those looking to become a group exercise instructor, and has proved essential to those looking to teach pre-choreographed programs like Bokwa, Insanity and Les Mills.

The course consists of the following six units:

  1. Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  2. Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  3. Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  4. Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  5. Planning group exercise to music session
  6. Instructing group exercise to music

Entry Requirements: None

Assignments: There are a number of worksheets with various tasks:

  1. Level 2 Combined Units
    a. Anatomy and Physiology worksheet
    b. Lifestyle Management and Health Awareness worksheet
    c. Providing a Positive Customer Experience – worksheet
  2. Planning Exercise to Music
    a. Plan and Deliver Group Exercise to Music worksheet
    b. Principles of Planning and Delivering Group Exercise worksheet
    c. Group Exercise to Music Lesson Plan
  3. Delivering Exercise to Music
    a. Exercise to Music Practical Assessment (conversion course)

Exams: Yes – Multiple choice questions exam

Prison Support Requirements: Support submitting assignments, organizing and invigilating exams in prison. If possible, support completion of practical part in a local HFE Centre. Please see the nearest HFE centre from your establishment if you are on ROTL.

CAT D Prisons and Nearest HFE Centre:

Ford (Sussex) – Worthing: (13 miles)

Kirkham (Lancashire) – Preston (8 miles)

North Sea Camp (South Lincolnshire) – Nottingham (64 miles)

Standford Hill (Kent) – Greater London (50 miles)

Springhill (Buckinhamshire) – Greater London (58 miles)

Leyhill (Gloucestershire) – Bath (30 miles)

Hatfield (South Yorkshire) – Doncaster (12 miles)

Thorn Cross (Cheshire) – Warrington (7 miles)

Prescoed (South Wales) – Cardiff (25 miles)

N.B. The practical part must be completed with two years from the completion of the theoretical part. 

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? HFE offer a range of Level 3 theory courses, including: Nutrition for Physical Activity.  

Find Out More: From HFE directly here.

Agriculture | Stonebridge | ABC | Level 3 | Duration: 110 hours

Farming Management

This course covers many aspects of farm management, including managing livestock and crops, as well as financial aspects and marketing.

The course consists of 14 units:

  1. The Farm Site
  2. Production Systems
  3. Managing Livestock
  4. Managing Pastures
  5. Managing Crops
  6. Managing Equipment and Materials
  7. Computer Applications
  8. Farm Structure and Buildings
  9. Financial Aspects
  10. Marketing
  11. Farm Planning
  12. Staff Management
  13. Water Management
  14. Diversification

Entry Requirements: None

Assignments: 14 written assignments (one for each unit)

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Organic Arable Farming (HCC), or Mixed Farming (HCC)

Find Out More: From Stonebrige here

Agriculture | Institute of Fisheries Management | IFM | Level 3

Fisheries Management

People aspiring to work in the water industry, for example as a water bailiff, fisheries inspector, or a similar position in a commercial run fisheries would be well-advised to consider this course. It provides a sound knowledge base for those interested in running their own fisheries too.

The course consists of seven modules:

  1. Water Quality
  2. Freshwater and Fish Biology
  3. Fisheries Law
  4. Fish Culture and Husbandry
  5. Fisheries Maintenance, Monitoring and Improvements
  6. Angling and Recreation
  7. Fisheries Enforcement

Entry Requirements: Applicants needs to be able to sit the exams in either September or January of each year.

Assignments: Coursework to be sent to tutors for feedback.

Exams: Six 90 minute “open book” exams are required. The fixed exam topics are Modules 1-3. Learners then select 3 of the remaining units for the rest of their assessment.

Prison Support Requirements: Support sending off assignments, and organising and invigilating exams

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Conservation Studies (HCC)

Hospitality and Catering | Stonebridge | ABC | Level 3 | Duration: 110 hours

Food and Beverages Management

The course provide an insight into the industry and the skills required for obtaining employment in café, hotels bars or restaurants. Students can learn how to provide effective management food service operations while presenting the basic service principles and highlighting the importance of meeting and exceeding the needs of the guests.

The course consists of 13 units:

  1. Nutritive values and requirements
  2. Nutritive values and requirements (continued)
  3. Nutritive values and requirements (continued)
  4. Nutritive value in cooking and processing
  5. Recommended daily intake of nutrients (rdi)
  6. Diet formulation
  7. The aim of purchasing
  8. The aim of purchasing (continued)
  9. Food and beverage equipment
  10. The consumer requirement
  11. Marketing
  12. The general aspects of waiting
  13. Personnel Department

Entry Requirements: None

Assignments: 13, one for each unit

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Facilitate and support correspondence

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Other hospitality courses from Stonebridge, including Snack Bar/ Café and Fast Food Management or Hotel Management 

Find Out More: Via Stonebridge here

Horticulture | Horticultural Correspondence College | ABC | Level 2 | Duration: 126 hours


This course is designed for people working or intending to work in the forestry industry, for example, in woodland ecology or forest management. The course has been developed in partnership with the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) and covers the theoretical elements of forestry including topics such as planting, physiology, statutory requirements and habitat management.

The courses comprises of 5 compulsory units:

Unit 1 – Principles of Woodlands, Forestry and Ecology
Unit 2 – Woody Plant Physiology
Unit 3 – The Supply, Planting and Aftercare of Woody Plants
Unit 4 – The Interaction of Soil Environments and Woody Plants
Unit 5 – Tree inspections and Statute and Common Law Applied to Trees

And then 1 of the following optional units:

Unit 6 – Identify and Select Forestry and Woodland Trees for Planting
Unit 7 – Principles of Practical Silviculture & Habitat Management

Entry Requirements: No previous experience or knowledge is required

Assignments: 6, 1 at the end of each completed unit.

Exams: None, but learners will be assessed through a portfolio of completed coursework.

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Aboriculture or Conservation Studies, both from HCC

Find Out More: From HCC directly here

Journalism | National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) | NCTJ | Level 3 | Duration: 60 hours

Foundation Journalism

This NCTJ qualification is the gold standard for journalists, and whilst candidates cannot complete the full qualification in prison, they can complete this especially adapted course for PET learners. Six modules can be completed to help learners develop their journalistic skills. The remaining units can be completed upon ROTL or release.

There are six available units, that combine to create eleven credits:

  1. How to use the English language
  2. Using the English language
  3. How to tell a news story
  4. Recording information
  5. Feature writing
  6. Sports reporting

Additional modules are not possible in closed conditions (e.g. digital media, audio/video) but PET have worked with NCTJ to allow learners to gain accreditation for the rest of the course on ROTL or after release.

Entry Requirements: None

Assignments: Coursework, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Assignment (such as article in prison newspaper or magazine)

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Ensuring students have access to media sources, such as newspapers and magazines is especially helpful too.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Further modules on digital media, broadcasting, data gathering and audio/visual journalism are available after release at extra cost (offering a further 14 credits to convert the Certificate into a Diploma). Learners can also consider A-level English Language or OU Access course or OU Level 1 60 credit course such as DD102 Introducing the Social Sciences.

Find Out More: From the NCTJ here

| NEC | CAIE | GCSE / Level 2

Geography IGCSE

Agriculture | ACS | ACS Certificate | Level 2

Goat Husbandry

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Sport and Fitness | HFE | REPs | Level 2 | Duration: 211 hours

Gym Instructing – Passport to Level 2 Certificate

This course is suited for those with an interest in health and fitness. The course forms the first stage of achieving personal trainer status and is completed in two stages. The theoretical part is achieved by submitting coursework and taking an exam, and then participating in a weekend long practical assessment at a local HFE centre in the community. Each stage can be taken separately, depending on ROTL availability.

There are 5 mandatory units – three theoretical units (1-3) and two practical (4-5).

  1. Anatomy and physiology for exercise and fitness instructors
  2. Providing a positive customer experience in the exercise environment
  3. Lifestyle management and health awareness
  4. Gym-based programme planning and preparation
  5. Gym-based programme delivery and professional instruction

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths, but no prior knowledge or experience required.

Assignments: There are 5 assignments to submit plus 1 exam

  • 1 x Level 2 Combined Unit Assessment
    •  Providing a Positive Customer Experience (parts 1 and 2)
    • Lifestyle Management and Health Awareness
    • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Fitness Instruction
  • 1 x Planning and Preparing Gym-Based Exercise Knowledge Questions,
  • 3 x Gym Lesson Plan (Healthy Adult, Older Adult, Young Person)

Exams: Yes, 1 x Anatomy and Physiology 30 Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) theory exam (21/30 to pass)

Prison Support Requirements: Support submitting assignments; organising and invigilating an exam in prison. If possible, support completion of the practical part in a local HFE centre. The practical part must be completed within two years from completing the theoretical part.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next: Level 3 HFE courses

Find out more: HFE’s website has more information here 

Engineering | Distance Learning Centre | ABC | Level 3

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technologies

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