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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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Business, Management and I.T. | NCC Home Learning | TQUK | Level 2 | Duration: 108 hours

Certificate in Event Planning

This qualification will introduce learners to the skills required to plan, organise, and evaluate events – including weddings, live music, charity runs and corporate events such as conferences. This course covers marketing methods, market research, human resources, communication, health and safety, and customer service. Event planning is an important part of many jobs, including charity fundraising, but it can also be a specialist profession in itself, for example as a wedding planner, club promoter or conference organiser.

Unit 1: Planning an event.
Unit 2: Reviewing and evaluating an event.
Unit 3: Marketing and market research for event planning.
Unit 4: Planning human resources for events.
Unit 5: Communication and customer service for events.

PET entry requirements: Level 2 English

Format of course material: Paper-based (or file transfer on request)

Assignments: 5 written assignments

Exam: No

Prison support requirements: Support submission of assignments

Tutor support: Yes

 

Art and Writing | NCTJ | NCTJ | Level 3 | Duration: 60 hours

Certificate in Foundation Journalism

Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), this course has been especially adapted for PET learners to help you develop your journalistic skills. You will complete units on the English language, news stories, recording information, feature writing and sports reporting.

There are six available units, that combine to create eleven credits:

  1. How to use the English language
  2. Using the English language
  3. How to tell a news story
  4. Recording information
  5. Feature writing
  6. Sports reporting

This course includes several additional unites that can be completed on ROTL or upon release in order to gain the full qualification.

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Written Coursework, Portfolio of Evidence, Practical Assignment (e.g. an article in prison newspaper or magazine)

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Ensuring students have access to media sources, such as newspapers and magazines.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? A-Level English Language (Part 1), or Open University Access Module YO33: Starting with Arts and Languages

Find Out More: From the NCTJ here

Health and Social Care | Open Study College | CACHE | Level 2 | Duration: 240 hours

Certificate in Health and Social Care

Providing a strong foundation for those who aspire to work in the health and social care sector, this course leads to a nationally-recognised qualification. You’ll explore equality, diversity and rights, human development and safeguarding practices – building yourself the perfect platform for higher levels of study.

The course has three units:

  1. Equality, Diversity and Rights in Health and Social Care
  2. Human Growth and Development
  3. Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care

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? Health and Social Care Level 3 Award

Find Out More: From the OSC here

Counselling, Mentoring and Teaching | NCC Home Learning | CACHE, RQF | Level 2 | Duration: 120 hours

Certificate in Information, Advice and Guidance

This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key principles of information, advice and guidance. The qualification is designed for individuals who are looking to work in roles such as careers advice, peer mentoring, or housing support. You will cover interaction skills, signposting and referrals, as well as how to manage information and work within existing networks to deliver IAG.

The course consists of the following units:

  1. Information, advice or guidance (IAG) in practice
  2. Developing interaction skills for IAG
  3. Signposting and referral in IAG
  4. Managing Information
  5. Operating within networks to support IAG

Entry requirements: Level 2 in English or equivalent

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: A portfolio of evidence

Exams: None

Prison support requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor support: Yes

What’s next: Understanding Coaching and Mentoring Level 3 (NEC

Find out more: From NCC directly here 

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

Certificate in 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

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

Certificate in 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 

Health and Social Care | NCC Home Learning | CACHE, NCFE, RQF | Level 3 | Duration: 190 hours

Certificate in Understanding Mental Health Care

If you support people with mental health problems but are not necessarily a mental health professional, this course could meet your needs. You will learn more about mental health and how people with mental health problems can be best supported. You will also deepen your knowledge of the legal policy and service framework for mental health, as well as principles of duty of care, interventions, support planning and risk management.

The course consists of six units:

Unit 1 – Understand the legal, policy and service framework in mental health
Unit 2 – Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
Unit 3 – Understand mental well-being and mental health promotion
Unit 4 – Understand mental health problems
Unit 5 – Understand mental health interventions
Unit 6 – Understand care and support planning and risk management in mental health

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Six written assignments

Exams: No

Prison Support Requirements: Support submission and completion of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Open University: Access Module Yo32: People, Work and Society

Find Out More: via NCC here

 

Substance Misuse Certificate

Health and Social Care | NCC Home Learning | TQUK | Level 3 | Duration: 130 hours

Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse

This course will help you to develop an increased understanding of substance misuse, equipping you with knowledge and skills that can be used whether you are personally or professionally involved in this field. The course covers the effects and symptoms of drug use, as well as responses including legislation, harm reduction and intervention. It also has a unit focused especially on substance misuse among young people.

This course is comprised of three units:

  1. Understanding Drug Use: Facts, Effects, Symptoms and Attitudes
  2. Understanding Responses to Substance Misuse: Legislation, Harm Reduction and Interventions
  3. Understanding Alcohol and Drug Use in Young People

Entry requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Three written assignments

Exams: None

Tutor support: Yes

Prison support requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

What’s next? Understanding Mental Healthcare QCF (Level 3)

Find Out More: From NCC here

Finance | Sage Qualifications | CIMA | Level 5 | Duration: 45 hours

CIMA Accredited Higher Sage Certificate

The next step on from the CIMA Level 4 Certificate, this course provides the full range of skills needed to become an advanced user of Sage 50 Accounts Professional. The course will build your knowledge of sole trader accounts and takes you through the year end process, as well as exploring controlling cash, limited liability partnerships, importing data and limited companies.

The course consists of three units:

  1. Introduction
  2. Sole Trader Accounts, and Year End Process
  3. Controlling Cash, Limited Liability Partnerships, Importing Data, and Limited Companies

These units cover the following subjects:

  • Final accounts for sole traders, partnerships, limited companies, limited liability partnerships and not for profit organisations.
  • The importing and exporting data to enable detailed management control
  • Advanced credit control and cash flow forecasts
  • The use of foreign trader accounts, and detailed departmental budgeting and forecasting.
  • Fixed asset register, depreciation, accuals and pre-payments
  • Month end and year end processing

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths, plus CIMA Level 4

Format of course materials: CD-ROMs and workbooks

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

Exams: One exam (1 hour 30 minutes)

Prison Support Requirements: Ensure and facilitate PC Access. Facilitate and Invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? OU Access Module YO33: Starting with Science, Technology and Maths

Find out more: On Sage’s website here

Finance | Sage Qualifications | CIMA | Level 4 | Duration: 50 hours

CIMA Accredited Sage Certificate

Jointly developed by Sage and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), this course offers a grounding in computerised accounting. It provides you with an introduction to the Sage 50 software and gives you the practical skills required by businesses to perform accounting functions. You will find out more about concepts like transactions, reconciliation, management and reporting, VAT returns, remittance, and project costing.

The course consists of seven units:

  1. Introduction: How to make full use of the software, back-up, restore and data security
  2. Transactions from customers and suppliers, including invoice creation
  3. Cash, bank and budget control and reconciliation
  4. Management and comparative reporting
  5. VAT returns, EC sales and Intrastat
  6. Tailoring reports and layouts including email statements and remittances
  7. Project (job) costing for detailed individual job / project control

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths, plus a Sage Level 3 qualification

Format of course materials: CD-ROMs and workbooks

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

Exams: Two exams

Prison Support Requirements: Ensure and facilitate PC Access. Facilitate and Invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s next? CIMA Acccredited Sage Level 5 Higher Certificate

Find out more: On Sage’s website here

 

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