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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.

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

Open University Access Module – Starting with the Arts and Languages (Y031)

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. Finding your voice (English literature and language)
  2. Speaking out (Language use in popular culture)
  3. Visions of Protest (Art in protest)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English. 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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Social sciences | Open University | OU Access | OU Access Module | Duration: 270 Hours

Open University Access Module – Understanding People, Work and Society (Y032)

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. People (Child development and health)
  2. Work (Organizations and business)
  3. Society (Group mentality, belonging, social identity, and the law)

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

Accounting and Finance | PET | Level 2 | Duration: 5 hours

PET Short Course – Business, Accounting and Book-keeping

This short course aims to improve skills such as notetaking, academic writing, and exam revision, so that you can hit the ground running in your future studies. The course aims to give you a taste of what it is like to study courses related to business, accounting and bookkeeping at Level 2 and above. Courses in these three areas are very popular amongst prisoner learners. Increased knowledge of cashflow, planning and marketing can be of great benefit in day to day life. Many people also take these courses aiming to start their own business or to find employment after release.

This is a FREE course which is printable via the Prison Staff Log-in page of our website. There is no need to apply for funding to PET.

The course contains 5 units:

  1. Time Management
  2. Reading and Noting
  3. Academic Writing: Clear Communication
  4. Essays and Exams
  5. Making the Most of Distance Learning

Entry Requirements: Level 1 English

Assignments: None – instead, the course contains a series of self-assessed exercises. (Answer sheets are also included).

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Print the course and distribute to learner.

Tutor Support: No

What’s Next? Any PET course related to business, accounting or book-keeping

Find Out More: On the Prison Staff log-in page of our website.

Construction, Health and Safety | PET | Level 2 | Duration: 5 hours

PET Short Course – Construction, Trades, and Health and Safety

This short course aims to improve skills such as notetaking, academic writing, and exam revision, so that you can hit the ground running in your future studies. This course aims to give you a taste of what it is like to study construction, trades (such as plumber and electrician), health and safety, at Level 2 and above. Courses in these two areas are very popular amongst prisoner learners. Knowledge of skills in construction can be of great benefit when maintaining or improving the property you live or work in, and when carrying out community-based projects. These courses increase your employment prospects in the construction industry, and having accredited qualifications can help you advertise your skills to construction firms and site managers.

This is a FREE course which is printable via the Prison Staff Log-in page of our website. There is no need to apply for funding to PET.

The course contains 5 units:

  1. Time Management
  2. Reading and Noting
  3. Academic Writing: Clear Communication
  4. Essays and Exams
  5. Making the Most of Distance Learning

Entry Requirements: Level 1 English

Assignments: None – instead, the course contains a series of self-assessed exercises. (Answer sheets are also included).

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Print the course and distribute to learner.

Tutor Support: No

What’s Next? Any PET course related to business, accounting or book-keeping

Find Out More: On the Prison Staff log-in page of our website.

Counselling and Mentoring, Health and Social Care | PET | Level 2 | Duration: 5 hours

PET Short Course – Counselling and Mental Health

This short course aims to improve skills such as notetaking, academic writing, and exam revision, so that you can hit the ground running in your future studies. This course aims to give you a taste of what it is like to study mental health care and counselling courses at Level 2 and above. Both, the accredited and unaccredited courses in these two areas are popular amongst prisoner learners. Increased knowledge of understanding mental health issues, what triggers poor mental health and awareness of counselling skills and what underpins these skills can be of a great benefit in day to day life. The knowledge and skills learnt in these courses may also be useful stepping stones for further progress in the area.

This is a FREE course which is printable via the Prison Staff Log-in page of our website. There is no need to apply for funding to PET.

The course contains 5 units:

  1. Time Management
  2. Reading and Noting
  3. Academic Writing: Clear Communication
  4. Essays and Exams
  5. Making the Most of Distance Learning

Entry Requirements: Level 1 English

Assignments: None – instead, the course contains a series of self-assessed exercises. (Answer sheets are also included).

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Print the course and distribute to learner.

Tutor Support: No

What’s Next? Any PET course related to business, accounting or book-keeping

Find Out More: On the Prison Staff log-in page of our website.

Sport and Fitness | PET | Level 2 | Duration: 5 hours

PET Short Course – Sport and Nutrition

This short course aims to improve skills such as notetaking, academic writing, and exam revision, so that you can hit the ground running in your future studies.

This course aims to give you a taste of what it is like to study sport and nutrition at Level 2 and above. Courses in these two areas are very popular amongst prisoner learners. Increased knowledge of anatomy, training techniques, diet, and health can be of great benefit in day to day life. Many people also take these courses aiming to find employment in the growing sport and health industries after their sentence has finished, applying for roles such as gym instructor.

This is a FREE course which is printable via the Prison Staff Log-in page of our website. There is no need to apply for funding to PET.

The course contains 5 units:

  1. Time Management
  2. Reading and Noting
  3. Academic Writing: Clear Communication
  4. Essays and Exams
  5. Making the Most of Distance Learning

Entry Requirements: Level 1 English

Assignments: None – instead, the course contains a series of self-assessed exercises. (Answer sheets are also included).

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Print the course and distribute to learner.

Tutor Support: No

What’s Next? Any PET course related to business, accounting or book-keeping

Find Out More: On the Prison Staff log-in page of our website.

Social sciences | NEC | AQA | A-Level | Duration: 150 hours

Philosophy A-Level Goldstar Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1, this course will help learners obtain a full A-Level in Philosophy should they take all the exams. It focuses heavily on the idea of Metaphysics, and its application to religion and humans.

We will no longer fund Part 1 after December 2020 as the final opportunity to take the AS exam is in summer 2021. If a learner has already been funded for Part 1, we will consider funding them for Part 2 as they can take the full A level exams (Parts 1 and 2) until 2022. If you have any queries, please contact PET.

Goldstar A-Levels are provided as Parts 1 and 2. After studying Part 1, learners choose to either take the AS exam (gaining an AS-Level qualification) or they can study Part 2 and take all exams after that, gaining a full A-Level.

Part 1 contains lessons 1-5, and Part 2 contains 6-10:

6. Metaphysics of God 1 – Arguments for the existence of God
7. Metaphysics of God 2
8. Metaphysics of Mind 1
9. Metaphysics of Mind 2
10. Metaphysics of Mind 3

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 5 – one for each lesson. These do not contribute towards the final grade.

Exams: Two exams – each are 3 hours long, and contribute 50% towards the final grade.

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

 

Social sciences | NEC | Edexcel | A-Level | Duration: 150 hours

Politics A-Level Goldstar Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1, this course will help learners obtain a full A-Level in Politics should they take all the exams. It focuses on US politics, and also has units on political theory.

Goldstar A-Levels are provided as Parts 1 and 2. After studying Part 1, learners choose to either take the AS exam (gaining an AS-Level qualification) or they can study Part 2 and take all exams after that, gaining a full A-Level.

Part 1 contains lessons 1-4, and Part 2 contains 5-10:

5. Conservatism and Liberalism
6. Socialism and Nationalism
7. U.S. Constitution and Congress
8. The U.S. President and the Supreme Court
9. Democracy and Participation in the U.S.
10. Comparative Approaches

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 6 – one for each lesson. These do not contribute towards the final grade.

Exams: Three – all are 2 hours long and count 33.3% towards the final grade.

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

Social sciences | NEC | Edexcel | AS-Level / Level 3 | Duration: 150 hours

Politics AS-Level Goldstar Part 1

This course aims to improve knowledge about elections, referendums and nationalism and develop an understanding of current political issues in the world. The course also improves transferable skills such as research skills as well as analytical and critical thinking skills. 

Goldstar A-Levels are provided as Parts 1 and 2. After studying Part 1, learners choose to either take the AS exam (gaining an AS-Level qualification) or they can study Part 2 and take all exams after that, gaining a full A-Level.

The course consists of the following units:

1. Democracy and political parties
2. Elections and voting behaviour
3. The Constitution and Parliament
4. The Executive and relations between institutions

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Assignments: 5 written assignments (corresponding to the above units, plus one introductory assignment). These do not contribute toward the final grade.

Exams: Two, each are 1 hour 45 minutes, and contribute 50% of the overall grade.

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next?  Goldstar Part 2, or OU Access: People, Work and Society (Y032).

Find Out More: From NEC here

 

Sport and Fitness | HFE | REPs | Level 3 | Duration: 40 hours

Pre and Postnatal Exercise

This course aims to empower learners with the knowledge and skills to safely help pre-and post-natal women to explore the benefits of fitness.

The course consists of five units:

  1. Understanding physical conditions associated with pregnancy
  2. Critical health and safety considerations
  3. Nutrition and pregnancy
  4. Planning pre- and post-natal exercise
  5. Anatomical and physiological changes during pregnancy

Entry Requirements: Students must already possess an accredited level 2 fitness or sport qualification

Assignments: Two assignments – a worksheet, and a case study to plan an exercise programme for a pregnant client across the three trimesters and beyond

Exams: Multiple choice exam on anatomy and physiology

Prison Support Requirements: Submitting assignments. The prison must give the name of the exam invigilator and proposed exam date to HFE, who liaise with the awarding body.

Tutor Support: Yes

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

Find Out More: via HFE’s website here

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