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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.

Counselling, Mentoring and Teaching | Hafren Training | Agored Cymru | Level 2 | Duration: 30 hours

Peer Mentoring

Developed by PET and co-written by prison peer mentors, this course will be useful for mentors in all roles – including healthcare, workshops and education. You will focus on developing transferable mentoring skills that will be valuable after release, particularly for those looking to work or volunteer in a social care setting. The course explores the concept and theory of mentoring, including communication, listening, boundaries and confidentiality, and reflection.

The course consists of 9 units:

  1. Mentoring – so what is it?
  2. Let’s Talk Communication
  3. More Personal Baggage Than a Coach Tour
  4. Listening – Er, What?
  5. Mentoring – So What’s It Good For?
  6. ‘Nuff Said! – Boundaries and Confidentiality
  7. Mentoring – Stages and Barriers, and Stages of a Mentoring Relationship
  8. Mirror, Mirror – Time for Reflection
  9. Information

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Fifteen written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: None

What’s Next? Understanding Mental Health Care Level 3 (NCC)

Find Out More: The course was featured in a recent issue of Inside Time – read here.

Short Courses | PET | Unaccredited | Level 2 | Duration: 5 hours

PET Short Course – Business, Accounting and Book-keeping

If you are thinking about making a start with distance learning and looking for useful tips to help you on the way, PET's short courses are a great place to start. With our short courses, there’s no pressure: you won’t need to submit assignments or sit an exam. Instead it’s an opportunity for you get a taste of distance learning, working at your own pace. By giving you the chance to experience studying with PET, you can prepare to embark on a full distance learning course and be confident you’ll hit the ground running.

This 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.

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 five 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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based (available for download)

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? Once you have achieved Level 2 English and Maths, you can apply for any PET course related to business, accounting or book-keeping

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

Short Courses | PET | Unaccredited | Level 2 | Duration: 5 hours

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

If you are thinking about making a start with distance learning and looking for useful tips to help you on the way, PET's short courses are a great place to start. With our short courses, there’s no pressure: you won’t need to submit assignments or sit an exam. Instead it’s an opportunity for you get a taste of distance learning, working at your own pace. By giving you the chance to experience studying with PET, you can prepare to embark on a full distance learning course and be confident you’ll hit the ground running.

This course aims to give you a taste of what it is like to study courses related to construction, or health and safety at Level 2 and above. Courses in these three areas are very popular amongst prisoner learners, and can increase employment prospects in the construction industry upon 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 five 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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based (available for download)

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? Once you have achieved Level 2 English, you can apply for one of PET’s Level 2 construction and health and safety courses.

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

Short Courses | PET | Unaccredited | Level 2 | Duration: 5 hours

PET Short Course – Counselling and Mental Health

If you are thinking about making a start with distance learning and looking for useful tips to help you on the way, PET's short courses are a great place to start. With our short courses, there’s no pressure: you won’t need to submit assignments or sit an exam. Instead it’s an opportunity for you get a taste of distance learning, working at your own pace. By giving you the chance to experience studying with PET, you can prepare to embark on a full distance learning course and be confident you’ll hit the ground running.

This course aims to give you a taste of what it is like to study courses related to counselling or mental health at Level 2 and above. Increased knowledge of these areas are useful for everyday life, and can open the door to further study, as well as potentially finding volunteering or employment in this sector.

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 five 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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based (available for download)

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? Once you have achieved Level 2 English, you can apply for any PET course related to health and social care, or counselling.

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

Short Courses | PET | Unaccredited | Level 2 | Duration: 5 hours

PET Short Course – Sport and Nutrition

If you are thinking about making a start with distance learning and looking for useful tips to help you on the way, PET's short courses are a great place to start. With our short courses, there’s no pressure: you won’t need to submit assignments or sit an exam. Instead it’s an opportunity for you get a taste of distance learning, working at your own pace. By giving you the chance to experience studying with PET, you can prepare to embark on a full distance learning course and be confident you’ll hit the ground running.

This course aims to give you a taste of what it is like to study courses related to sport and nutrition at Level 2 or above. It will improve your knowledge of anatomy and health, and may help with obtaining work or volunteering opportunities as a fitness 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 five 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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based (available for download)

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? Once you have achieved Level 2 English, you can apply for any PET course related to fitness or nutrition

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

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

Philosophy A-Level Part 1

This course delves into some of life’s fundamental questions – about existence, knowledge and ethics. You’ll deepen your understanding of human beings and free will, and consider questions about God’s existence and what knowledge is. This course also improves transferable skills, such as independent studies and the ability to explore and evaluate concepts.

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 five lessons:

  1. Introduction to Epistemology (Philosophical terminology, what is knowledge? Responses to Gettier)
  2. Perception as a Source of Knowledge (Direct realism, indirect realism, Berkeley’s idealism)
  3. Reason as a Source of Knowledge (rationalism empiricism, innatism, intuition and deduction, empiricist responses, scepticism)
  4. Normative Ethical Theories (utilitarianism, Kantian deontological ethics, Aristotelian virtue ethics)
  5. Meta-Ethics and Applied Ethics (moral realism, moral anti-realism, applied ethics)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Six 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? Philosophy A-Level Part 2

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

Philosophy A-Level Part 2

This course delves into some of life’s fundamental questions – about existence, knowledge and ethics. You’ll deepen your understanding of human beings and free will, and consider questions about God’s existence and what knowledge is. This course also improves transferable skills, such as independent studies and the ability to explore and evaluate concepts.

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

  1. Metaphysics of God, 1: Arguments for the existence of God (the concept of God, the design argument, the cosmological argument)
  2. Metaphysics of God, 2 (the ontological argument, the problem of evil, religious language)
  3. Metaphysics of Mind 1 (substance dualism, philosophical behaviourism, mind-brain identity theory, eliminative materialism)
  4. Metaphysics of Mind 2 (functionality, property dualism)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English, plus Philosophy A-Level Part 1

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

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

Politics A-Level Part 1

This course will expand your knowledge of elections, referendums and nationalism and help you develop an understanding of current political issues in the world. It will also improve your transferable skills, such as research, and build your analytical and critical thinking ability.

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 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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Five written assignments. 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?  Politics A-Level Part 2

Find Out More: From NEC here

 

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

Politics A-Level Part 2

This course will expand your knowledge of elections, referendums and nationalism and help you develop an understanding of current political issues in the world. It will also improve your transferable skills, such as research, and build your analytical and critical thinking ability.

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

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, plus Politics A-Level Part 1

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

Exams: Three – all are 2 hours long and count 33.3% towards 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

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

Pre and Postnatal Exercise

This course gives you the knowledge and skills to safely help pre and postnatal women to explore the benefits of fitness – a part of our population often underserved in the industry. You will learn about the conditions associated with pregnancy, health and safety considerations, nutrition, and anatomical and physiological changes. Using this knowledge, you will then plan a pre and postnatal exercise class.

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: Level 2 English, plus an accredited Level 2 sport or fitness qualification

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Two assignments – a worksheet, and a case study

Exams: One multiple choice exam

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

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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