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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.

Construction and 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 covers the following subjects:

  • CDM roles and responsibilities
  • Health and safety culture
  • Assessing risk
  • Managing change
  • Excavation
  • Demolition
  • Mobile plant and vehicles
  • Working at height
  • Musculoskeletal health
  • Work equipment
  • Electricity
  • Fire
  • Chemical and biological agents
  • Physical and psychological health

Entry requirements: Level 2 English, plus a Level 2 NEBOSH or IOSH qualification

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

Exams: One open book exam

Prison support requirements: Support to submit coursework; organize and invigilate exams.

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.

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

NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas Operational Safety

This course is designed for managers, supervisors and employees who have day-to-day responsibility for managing health and safety in the oil and gas industries, both onshore and offshore throughout the world. In this course, you will cover hydrocarbon process safety, fire protection and emergency responses, and logistics and transport operations.

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, plus a Level 2 NEBOSH or IOSH qualification.

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

Exams: One 2 hour written paper

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

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

NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management

This is a useful qualification for those interested in developing and implementing effective environmental management systems within an organisation. The course focuses on the general principles of the management of environmental and pollution control, and explores the main elements of UK and EC legislation for environmental protection. You will learn about Environmental Management Systems, sources and use of energy and energy efficiency, control of pollution, and planning for and dealing with environmental emergencies.

The course consists of two units:

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

These units cover the following subjects:

  • 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, plus a Level 2 NEBOSH or IOSH qualification.

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

Exams: One theoretical (EC1) and one practical invigilated exam (EC2).

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of coursework. Organise and invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

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

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

 

Construction and 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 to carry out an effective fire risk assessment, as well as embed good practice in the workplace. Holders of this accredited qualification can help their organisation to meet its fire safety responsibilities. With the knowledge gained on this course, you can help create a safer environment for employees and visitors to premises and an improved fire safety culture for employers and building managers.

The course has two units (FSC1 and FSC2), that 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, plus a level 2 NEBOSH or IOSH qualification

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

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

NEBOSH course

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

NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

This course is intended for managers, supervisors and staff from all types of organisations who need a broad understanding of health and safety issues. It is also suitable as a first step for working in health and safety, as it provides both a valuable overview and a sound basis for further study. You will cover subjects such as health and safety management systems, managing risk, physical and psychological health, chemical and biological agents, general workplace issues and equipment, as well as fire and electrical safety.

The course has two 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, plus a Level 2 NEBOSH or IOSH qualification

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: None, but coursework is recommended to send to ATM for feedback 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 | CACHE, NCFE, RQF | Level 2 | Duration: 120 hours

Nutrition and Health

This is the ideal course if you are interested in deepening your knowledge and understanding of nutrition and learning how to develop and practice healthy eating habits. You will study the principles of healthy eating, consider the nutritional needs of a variety of individuals, and find out how to use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet.

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: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Three written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Nutrition for Physical Activity Level 3 (HFE)

Find Out More: via NCC here

 

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

Nutrition for Physical Activity

This course helps you develop your understanding of healthy eating and key nutritional principles to support your clients’ goals. It also provides you with skills to analyse your clients’ nutritional intake so you can offer advice and develop a fitness programme. You’ll gain knowledge essential for any fitness professional, including on the digestive system, healthy eating guidelines and weight management, and design your own nutrition programme.

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: Level 2 English, plus an accredited Level 2 fitness-related qualification

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: A worksheet and a case study

Exams: One  multiple choice exam (30 minutes)

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Another of HFE’s Level 3 theory courses.

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

Science technology maths OU

OU Access | Open University | Level 3 | Duration: 270 Hours

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

The idea of university-level study can be quite daunting if you have not studied at this level before. For this reason, the OU offers introductory Access modules that have been specially designed to help you find out what it’s like to study with the OU, get a taste of a subject area, develop your study skills, and build your confidence. Starting an Access module with PET is the perfect opportunity to try out degree-level study without taking out a student loan. Research has also shown that learners who take Access modules are significantly more likely to succeed in their university studies than those who don’t.

This module introduces you to a range of technical subjects, including computing and IT, engineering and design, environment, mathematics, and science. As the foundation for further studies in these fields, this is the ideal module to build your confidence and prepare you for your next steps.

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.

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Register and reserve learner on the course before the start date (February, May, and October each year)

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? Full Undergraduate Degree (funded via a student loan)

Find out more: from the OU directly here

Painting of person with map on face

OU Access | Open University | Level 3 | Duration: 270 Hours

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

The idea of university-level study can be quite daunting if you have not studied at this level before. For this reason, the OU offers introductory Access modules that have been specially designed to help you find out what it’s like to study with the OU, get a taste of a subject area, develop your study skills, and build your confidence. Starting an Access module with PET is the perfect opportunity to try out degree-level study without taking out a student loan. Research has also shown that learners who take Access modules are significantly more likely to succeed in their university studies than those who don’t.

In this module, you will explore a range of subjects in this module – including art history, English language, English literature and creative writing. The module touches on modern languages, history, religious studies,
classical studies and music too. It will help you to explore your creative side and hone your study skills.

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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Register and reserve learner on the course before the start date (February, May and October each year)

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? Full Undergraduate Degree (funded via a student loan)

Find out more: from the OU directly here

Crowded street

OU Access | Open University | Level 3 | Duration: 270 Hours

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

The idea of university-level study can be quite daunting if you have not studied at this level before. For this reason, the OU offers introductory Access modules that have been specially designed to help you find out what it’s like to study with the OU, get a taste of a subject area, develop your study skills, and build your confidence. Starting an Access module with PET is the perfect opportunity to try out degree-level study without taking out a student loan. Research has also shown that learners who take Access modules are significantly more likely to succeed in their university studies than those who don’t.

In this multi-disciplinary module you’ll gain insights into a wide range of areas, including business and law, childhood and youth studies, health, psychology, and social science. While improving your subject knowledge in those areas in particular, this module also prepares you for further study in a wide variety of qualifications.

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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Register and reserve learner on the course before the start date (February, May, and October each year).

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? Full Undergraduate Degree (funded via a student loan)

Find out more: from the OU directly here

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