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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.

Business, Management, and I.T. | Rocketeer | Unaccredited | Level 2 | Duration: 150 hours

Preparing to Set Up a Digital Business

Equipping you with the knowledge to succeed in the digital world, this course shows you how to take the first steps in digital business. You will cover various aspects of business, including challenges, business planning, relationship building, marketing, finance and negotiation. The course provider, Rocketeer, will also give you access to their resources after release, and offer bespoke support for your business through the gate.

The course contains seven units:

  1. The challenges and risks of starting a business
  2. Personal skills and abilities to start a business
  3. Understand how to plan for a new business
  4. Understand business relationships in new business
  5. Principles of marketing and selling a new business
  6. Understanding finance in a business context
  7. Understanding negotiation of deals in business

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: 7 written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Creating and Starting a Digital Business, also from Rocketeer (Level 3)

Find Out More: You can read more about the course provider, Rocketeer, on their website here

Health and Social Care | Open Study College | CACHE | Level 2 | Duration: 70 hours

Prevention and Control of Infection

Infection control has never been more important, making this course very useful for those hoping to work in any health or social care settings. The course helps you to understand the meaning and importance of infection control, the causes of infections, the conditions in which they thrive, and the ways that they can be spread. You will also learn about the methods used to prevent and control the spread of infection.

The course contains three units:

  1. The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control
  2. Causes and Spread of Infection
  3. Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management

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

Find Out More: From the OSC here

 

Business, Management, and I.T. | CUPE International | Axelos | Level 3 | Duration: 60 hours

PRINCE2 Project Management

PRINCE2 is a widely recognised project management method often used by those looking to work in business, local government, or other large administrative organisations. This course will help you to deliver projects of any size or complexity successfully. In the Foundation level modules, you will be taken through the key concepts of PRINCE2, so that you can understand its methods, principles and processes. In the Practitioner level modules, you will learn how these methods can be applied throughout a project.

The course consists of 20 modules based on a case study, that are spread across the following 4 areas:

1.Understand key concepts relating to projects and PRINCE2
2.Understand how the PRINCE2 principles underpin the PRINCE2 method
3.Understand the PRINCE2 themes and how they are applied throughout the project
4.Understand the PRINCE2 processes and how they are carried out throughout the project

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: None

Exams: One invigilated one hour multiple choice question exam

Prison Support Requirements: Facilitate and invigilate exam

Tutor Support: Yes

Find Out More: You can read more about the course provider, Cupe International, here.

Business, Management, and I.T. | NCC Home Learning | CACHE, NCFE, RQF | Level 3 | Duration: 240 hours

Principles of Customer Service

This course will provide you with the knowledge required to work in a customer service role in a range of different environments. Through a series of written assignments, you will develop an essential understanding of the principles and practices of providing effective customer service – including customer retention, resolving customer complaints and problems, monitoring feedback, and customer expectations.

The course contains seven units:

1.  The customer service environment
2.  Principles of Business
3.  Resolving customers’ problems and complaints
4. Understanding customers and customer retention
5. Understanding how to monitor customer service interactions and feedback
6. Understanding equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace
7. Understanding how to manage incidents and collaborate with other departments in a contact centre

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Eight written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Any of PET’s other Level 3 Management courses

Find Out More: From NCC directly here

Horticulture and Animal Care | Horticultural Correspondence College | RHS | Level 3 | Duration: 107 hours

Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting

Following on from the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture, with this course you will gain an in-depth, scientific knowledge of garden surveying and design and construction, together with a comprehensive understanding of landscaping. This qualification can provide a route to work as a garden designer, landscaper or gardener.

The course consists of four lessons:

Lesson 1 – Understanding garden survey techniques and design principles

  • Historical garden design styles
  • Conducting a site appraisal
  • The client brief
  • Basic survey techniques
  • Influence of site characteristics on garden design
  • Principles and elements of design

Lesson 2 – Understanding the selection and use of landscaping elements in the garden

  • The contribution of hard landscaping features to design and function
  • Drainage systems in the garden
  • The contribution of soft landscaping features to design and function
  • The contribution of turf to the design and function of a garden

Lesson 3 – Understanding the setting out and construction of landscaping elements in the garden

  • Setting out a site
  • Soil movement and storage during construction work
  • Construction of drainage systems
  • Construction procedures for paths, patios and driveways
  • Construction of steps and ramps
  • Construction of walls, fences and pergolas
  • Pond construction
  • Rock garden construction
  • Risk assessment

Lesson 4 – Understanding a range of specialist elements in the establishment of garden and urban plantings

  • Amenity bedding schemes
  • Components of specialist garden areas
  • Pruning for effect
  • Urban gardening options
  • Water sustainability in the garden

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Four written assignments

Exams: Four exams (fees included).

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Facilitate and invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? RHS Level 3 Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation

Find Out More: From the HCC here

Horticulture and Animal Care | Horticultural Correspondence College | RHS | Level 2 | Duration: 156 hours

Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment, and Maintenance

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in landscape gardening, this Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) accredited course is ideal. Providing a detailed introduction to the subject, you will find out about garden features, plant selection, maintaining garden plants and lawns, producing fruit and vegetables, and protected environments.

This course is part of the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture qualification. In order to achieve the full qualification and progress to Level 3, you will also need to take the Certificate in Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development Level 2 course.

The course consists of four lessons:

  1. Garden Features, Plant Selection and Planning
  2. The Choice, Establishment and Maintenance of Garden Plats and Lawns
  3. Production of Vegetables and Fruit
  4. Protected Environments

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Four written assignments

Exams: Four exams (fees included)

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Facilitate and invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development Level 2 (HCC)

Find Out More: via the Horticultural Correspondence College here

Business, Management, and I.T. | NCC Home Learning | CACHE, NCFE, RQF | Level 3 | Duration: 260 hours

Principles of Human Resource Practice

This qualification provides you with a firm foundation in the most common areas of human resource (HR) and will assist you in developing essential HR skills. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills for working in an HR role and is aimed at those who are new to HR or who are looking to further their HR career with a professional qualification.

The course consists of seven units:

  1. Introduction to Human Resources practices
  2. Introduction to employment legislation
  3. Understanding employee rights and obligations
  4. Understanding the management of employees’ performance
  5. Principles of employee motivation, commitment and engagement
  6. Understanding recruitment and selection
  7. Understanding onboarding, induction, training and development

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Seven written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Any other Level 3 Management course

Find Out More: From NCC directly 

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Business, Management, and I.T. | NCC Home Learning | NCFE | Level 3 | Duration: 240 hours

Principles of Management

Suitable for those looking to improve their managerial skills or who are new to the area entirely, this course covers all the basic elements of management. Through a series of written assessments, you will study people management, leadership, improving performance, equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, resolving customer complaints, and monitoring customer interactions. Throughout the course, you will use your newfound knowledge to analyse data and understand different approaches.

The course contains seven units:

  1. Principles of people management
  2. Principles of business
  3. Principles of leadership and management
  4. Understand how to improve business performance
  5. Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  6. Understand how to resolve customers’ problems and complaints
  7. Understand how to monitor customer service interactions and feedback.

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Seven written assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next?: CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership (NEC)

Find out More: On NCC’s website here

Horticulture and Animal Care | Horticultural Correspondence College | RHS | Level 3 | Duration: 105 hours

Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation

Following on from the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture, this course is ideal if you want to find a job in horticulture or are already working in the field. You will gain an in-depth, scientific understanding of plant taxonomy, plant nutrition and growing systems, the management of plant health (including dealing with pests, diseases and disorders), as well as plant propagation.

The course consists of the following four lessons:

Lesson 1 – Plant Taxonomy, Structure and Function

  • Plant taxonomy
  • The structure and function of plant tissues
  • The role of flowers and fruit
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Movement of water and solutes through the plant
  • Tropisms and plant movements
  • Endogenous & synthetic growth regulators

Lesson 2 – The Root Environment, Plant Nutrition & Growing Systems

  • Properties of soil and growing media
  • Plant growth & air and water
  • Soil organisms and nutrient cycling
  • The chemistry of soil & growing media
  • The role of nutrients in plant growth
  • Organic production

Lesson 3 – The Management of Plant Health

  • Significant Pests, Diseases and Disorders
  • Chemical Control in Plant Protection

Lesson 4 – Understanding Applied Plant Propagation

  • Seed anatomy, physiology & environmental factors influencing propagation
  • The relevance of anatomy, physiology and environmental factors to vegetative propagation
  • Growing media & propagation equipment

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Four written assignments

Exams: Four exams (fees included)

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Facilitate and invigilate exams

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting

Find Out More: The HCC have more information available here

Horticulture and Animal Care | Horticultural Correspondence College | RHS | Level 2 | Duration: 159 hours

Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development

This course – accredited by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) – is ideal for those looking to volunteer or work in horticulture and gardening. Providing you with a detailed introduction to the subject, you will learn about plant classification, nutrition and root environments, maintaining plant health, and understanding propagation.

This course is part of the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture qualification. In order to achieve the full qualification and progress to Level 3, you will also need to take the Certificate in Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance Level 2 course.

The course consists of four lessons:

  1. Plant Classification, Structure, and Function
  2. Plant Nutrition and Root Environment
  3. Maintaining Plant Health
  4. Understanding Plant Propagation

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Four written assignments

Exams: Four exams (fees included)

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Facilitate and invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? The second Level 2 Module is Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment, and Maintenance. Upon completion of this course as well, learners will have completed the Level 2 Principles of Horticulture Certificate. It is recommended, but not essential, that learners pass both Level 2 courses before progressing to the RHS Level 3 courses, which PET also fund.

Find Out More: From the Horticultural Correspondence College here

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