Revealed: PET’s most popular courses of 2021

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16 March 2022

Gardening in prison

2021 saw over 1,400 people start distance learning courses in prison with PET – that’s a third more than the year before when prison lockdowns severely limited access to education.

Read on to discover our most popular courses since we launched our 2021–2022 prospectus in June last year.

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1. NEBOSH Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Level 2 Award 90 learners

The NEBOSH HSE Award in Managing Risks and Risk Assessment is aimed at anyone interested in managing workplace health and safety risks. It’s the perfect platform for taking further NEBOSH courses with PET at a higher level.

2. Bookkeeping Certificate36 learners

Accredited by the International Association of Bookkeepers (IAB), this is the perfect starter course in this field. It covers all the core elements of bookkeeping, ensuring learners have the knowledge they need to keep on top of their finances – whether for their own business or to help find work in this field.

3. Business Start-up – 35 learners

This course is designed to guide learners through the process of setting up their own business. The course explores if self-employment is the right option and provides the tools needed to develop a full business plan.

Abby was funded for the course in September last year. She wrote to us recently to tell us how she was getting on:

When I first was convicted, I lost all hope of having a future in something that would bring me joy and success in my work and professional life. PET has changed that – allowing me to complete my business start up course has given me back hope of a better life. I can aim to work for myself, doing something I love.

4 (joint). People, Work and Society Access module (Y032) – 33 learners

In this multi-disciplinary Open University (OU) module learners gain insights into a wide range of areas, including business and law, childhood and youth studies, health, psychology, and social science – preparing them for further study in a variety of qualifications.

PET learner Osman wrote to us in December after finishing the module:

Without the help of PET, there is no way I could have paid for this Access module. The module I completed has given me confidence and the study skills I require to move on to higher education. I’m trying to grow, to be better and do better. You’ve helped me with that. I am forever grateful.

4 (joint). Science, Technology and Maths Access module (Y033) 33 learners

This OU module introduces learners to a range of technical subjects, including computing and IT, engineering and design, environment, mathematics, and science. This is the ideal module to build confidence and offers the foundation for further studies in these fields.

6. Nutrition for Physical Activity 19 learners

This course helps learners develop their understanding of healthy eating and key nutritional principles to support their fitness clients’ goals.

We funded Abdul for the course in November last year. He wrote to us last month to tell us about his progress:

This is my first distance learning course and I’m really enjoying it. I like that I can do it in my time and I find that I’m able to retain more information that way.

7 (joint). NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety 18 learners

This course is intended for managers, supervisors and staff from all types of organisations who need a broad understanding of health and safety issues – covering subjects such as health and safety management systems, managing risk, and fire and electrical safety.

7 (joint). Nutrition and Health 18 learners

This is the ideal course for learners interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding of nutrition and learning how to develop and practice healthy eating habits.

9 (joint). Creative Writing – 16 learners

For those interested in learning more about the technical side of writing, this course covers all the skills and techniques used in fiction and non-fiction writing.

Writing to us last month, PET learner Rory brought to life the ripple effect of studying:

I cannot thank you enough for this course. It has been the only constant as I transferred from prison to prison and gave me an emotional and psychological anchor to support my mental health and give me hope for the future.

I was so inspired that I set up a Creative Writing Group and also a Reading Group to share the positive experience with others like me who want to engage in active, educational activities.

9 (joint). PRINCE2 Project Management (Foundation) – 16 learners

Taking learners through the key concepts of the project management method PRINCE2, this course helps learner on their way to delivering projects of any size or complexity successfully.

9 (joint). Certificate in Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development Level 2 16 learners

This course – accredited by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) – is ideal for learners looking to volunteer or work in horticulture and gardening. It offers a detailed introduction to plant classification, maintaining plant health, and understanding propagation.

Find out more about all the courses PET offers in our prospectus:

Learner names have been changed.

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