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PET offers over 130 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.

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

Psychology A-Level Part 1

In this course, you’ll deepen your understanding of theories underpinning human behaviour – exploring memory, cognition and mental health. You’ll also develop your analytical and organisational skills, discovering which scientific research methods can be used to collect, process and analyse data.

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. Approaching Psychology (introduction and origins, learning cognitive approaches, the biological approach and biopsychology)
  2. Memory (multi-store model, working memory model, explanations for forgetting, eyewitness testimony)
  3. Social Influence: Conformity and Obedience (resistance to social influence, minority influence and social change)
  4. Developmental Psychology: Attachment (developments, explanations, types, maternal deprivation)
  5. Psychopathology (definitions of abnormality, phobias, depression and OCD, approaches to phobias, depression and OCD)

Research Methods (scientific processes, data analysis and presentation, maths resources)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Seven written assignments. These do not contribute toward the final grade.

Exams: Two, each are 1 hour 30 minutes, and contribute 50% of the overall 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 facilitate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Psychology A-Level Part 2

Find Out More: From NEC here

 

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

Psychology A-Level Part 2

In this course, you’ll deepen your understanding of theories underpinning human behaviour – exploring memory, cognition and mental health. You’ll also develop your analytical and organisational skills, discovering which scientific research methods can be used to collect, process and analyse data.

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

  1. Approaches and Debates (psychodynamic approach, humanistic approach, gender and culture in psychology, free will and determinism, nature-nurture debate, holism and reductionism, idiopathic and nomothetic approaches, ethical implications of research, comparing approaches)
  2. Schizophrenia (Classifying, explanations, therapies, and the interactionist approach)
  3. Cognition and Development (Piaget’s theory, Vggotsky’s theory, development of social cognition)
  4. Aggression and Further Research Methods (Bio-psychological explanations, ethological and evolutionary explanations, social explanations, media influences, institutional aggression, psychology as a science, inferential testing, choosing a statistical test)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths, plus Psychology A-Level Part 1

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Four 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

GCSEs | NEC | AQA | GCSE | Duration: 150 hours

Psychology GCSE

This course will help you better observe and interpret human behaviour, analyse your own social interactions with people of different personality types, and understand the drivers behind decision-making and behaviour. It covers a wide selection of topics including memory, perception, social influence, the brain and neuropsychology.

The course consists of the following units:

  1. Research methods, Part A
  2. Memory
  3. Perception
  4. Development
  5. Research methods, Part B
  6. Social influence
  7. Language, thought and communication
  8. Brain and neuropsychology
  9. Psychological problems

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Ten written assignments. These do not count towards the final grade.

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? A-Level Psychology, or OU Access Module YO32: People, work and Society 

Find Out More: From NEC’s website

Open University Access modules | Open University | Open University Regulatory Bodies | Level 3 | Duration: 270 Hours

Psychology, Social Science and Wellbeing Access Module (Y034)

This Access module gives you the chance to dip into some of our most popular subjects, such as psychology, childhood and youth, early years, health and social wellbeing, sport, education, and social sciences. You'll be introduced to discussions of theory and engage with real-world events to build up your knowledge and understanding of these wide-ranging topics. The areas you'll cover are introduced and explained at a gentle pace, which is perfect if you want to discover something new or brush-up on your study skills.

There are three blocks:
Block 1: Who am I?
This block, which you will study in print, considers identity and the overarching question of “Who am I?”
Block 2: Is it fair?
Block 2 moves to online study and addresses the topic of fairness in several different ways and an exploration of difference and inequality.
Block 3: What can be done?
Block 3 identifies some key issues you studied in the previous two blocks and considers them in practical terms.

PET entry requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Format of course material: Paper-based and on the VC2. Paper-based and a CD-ROM for the audio-video content. All content is also available on the VC2.

Assignments: There are four tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).
There are five interactive computer -marked assignments (iCMAs). No computer access needed.

Exam: No

Prison support requirements: Register and reserve learner on the course before start date (February, May and October each year) by contacting the OU and Student Finance England/ Wales.
Support assessment submission (ideally scan to the tutor or post) and contact supplier for tutor support.

Tutor support: Tutors give support by providing feedback answering queries.

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

Religious Studies A-Level Part 1

This course explores a variety of perspectives on religion and its impact on people’s behaviour, communities and cultures. Focusing on topics such as life after death and the existence of God, you’ll get the chance to reflect on your own values and attitude, as well as develop critical thinking and effective communication.

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. Introduction to Religious Studies
  2. The Existence of God (Design Argument, Cosmological Argument, Ontological Argument)
  3. Religious and Ethical Debates (Religious Experience, The Problem of Evil, Environmental Ethics, The Ethics of Equality)
  4. Theory and Application of Ethics (Utilitarianism, Natural Moral Law, Situation Ethics, War and Peace, Sexual Ethics)
  5. Christianity (The Nature of God, The Trinity, The Church, The Bible, The Role and Nature of Jesus, Shaping and Expressing Christian Identity)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

Exams: Three – each are 1 hour, and contribute 33.3% of the overall 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 facilitate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next?  Religious Studies A-Level Part 2

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

Religious Studies A-Level Part 2

This course explores a variety of perspectives on religion and its impact on people’s behaviour, communities and cultures. Focusing on topics such as life after death and the existence of God, you’ll get the chance to reflect on your own values and attitude, as well as develop critical thinking and effective communication.

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

  1. Religious Language (Analogy and Symbol, Verification and Falsification, Language Game)
  2. Belief and Unbelief (Critiques of Religious Belief, Life after Death, Creation and Cosmology)
  3. Ethics (Kant’s Deontological Ethics, Aristotelian Virtue Ethics, Cognitivism and Non-Cognitivism, Religion and Morality, Medical Ethics – the beginning and end of life)
  4. Christianity and Society (The Challenge from Science, Secularisation, new movements in theology, pluralism and diversity, gender equality and discrimination)
  5. Atonement Theory and Scholars

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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Five 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

Horticulture (Professional Gardening) and Animal Care | Horticultural Correspondence College | RHS | Level 3 | Duration: 107 hours

RHS Certificate in 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 (Professional Gardening) and Animal Care | Horticultural Correspondence College | RHS | Level 2 | Duration: 159 hours

RHS Certificate in Principles of Plant Growth 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

Transport, Logistics and Sailing | East Anglian Sea School | RYA | Level 2 | Duration: 40 hours

RYA Day Skipper

Suitable for sailors and motor boaters, this introductory course will give you the skills to navigate around familiar waters by day – expanding your knowledge of seamanship, navigation, and meteorology. You will find out more about nautical terms, rope and anchor work, safety, international regulations, navigation and compass-work, and chart-work.

The course comprises of fifteen subjects:

  1. Nautical Terms
  2. Ropework
  3. Anchor Work
  4. Safety
  5. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  6. Navigation
  7. Compass
  8. Chartwork
  9. Tides and Tidal Streams
  10. Visual Aids to Navigation
  11. Meteorology
  12. Passage Planning
  13. Navigation in Restricted Visibility
  14. Pilotage
  15. Marine Environment

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: None – course contains a self-assessed workbook

Exams: Two exams

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

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Coastal Skipper

Find Out More: via the EASS here

Finance | Sage Qualifications | Sage UK and Skillsfirst Award | Level 1 | Duration: 90 hours

Sage Computerised Accounting for Business Level 1

Jointly developed by Sage UK in partnership with Skillsfirst, this accredited qualification could help you become a bookkeeper, or start your own business. Aimed at beginners, the course provides an introduction to Sage computerised accounting software. You will gain the knowledge of how the software works using double-entry bookkeeping, and explore the responsibilities of working within bookkeeping and the principles of banking procedures.

This course has four modules:

1.Using a computerised accounting application
2.Introduction to book-keeping
3.Working within book-keeping
4.Banking procedures

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Level 2 Maths

Format of Course Materials: CD-ROMS plus workbooks

Assignments: A series of self-assessed tests, and a case study

Exams: Two summative tests

Prison Support Requirements: Ensure and facilitate PC use. Support completion and submission of assignments. Facilitate and invigilate exam.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Sage Level 2 Computerised Accounting for Business

Find Out More: You can read more about Sage Qualifications here

 

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