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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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Art and Writing | NEC | Unaccredited | Level 2 | Duration: 60 hours

Creative Writing Part 2D – Writing Autobiography and Playwriting and Screenwriting

This course is a follow-up to Part 1. Writing Autobiography puts you at centre stage, focusing on how you can use diaries, journals, letters and more to tell your story. Playwriting and screenwriting give you an introduction to writing scripts, concentrating on dialogue, acts and plots, and the unique considerations of writing for stage and screen.

Unit 1 Writing About Your Life

  • Topic 1 What’s important? Finding ideas and theme
  • Topic 2 Diaries and journaling
  • Topic 3 Letter writing

Unit 2 Playwriting and Screenwriting

  • Topic 1 Digging into dialogue and monologues
  • Topic 2 Setting the stage (or screen)
  • Topic 3 Acts and plots

PET entry requirements: Level 2 English

Format of course material: Paper-based

Assignments: Seven Progress Checks and Two assignments

Exam: No

Prison support requirements: Support assessment submission and contact supplier for tutor support

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

Health and Social Care | BSY | ABC | Level 2 | Duration: 80 hours

Deaf Awareness and Sign Language

This course will help you to develop a better understanding of the challenges that deafness could bring and how you might be able to help. The course starts with an introduction to deafness and the problems deaf people encounter, and includes a breakdown of different hearing conditions, including tinnitus and deafblindness. The course also features information on assistive technology and the American, British, and Spanish Sign Languages, as well as other useful tools for communication.

The course consists of 4 lessons:

Lesson 1
Deafness and Personal Hearing Aids
Reactions to Deafness
Problems that Deaf People Cope With
What is a Hearing Aid?
Disadvantages of a Hearing Aid

Lesson 2
Technology / How to Help a Hearing Aid User
Cochlear Implants
Expectations and Limitations
Developments
How to Help a Hearing Aid User

Lesson 3
Conditions / Communication Methods
Tinnitus
Deafblindness
Silent Communication
Spoken Communication
The History of Sign Language
British Sign Language (BSL)

Lesson 4
Sign Language Alphabets / Sense
American Sign Language
The Alphabet
Spanish Sign Language Alphabet
The Deafblind Manual Alphabet
Block Alphabet
‘Sense’ and Government Guidance on Deafblind Services

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Four self-assessed questions

Exams: One optional exam (funding not included – you will need to re-apply to PET for the exam fees)

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Open University Access Module, People, Work and Society (YO32)

Find Out More: Directly from BSY here

Counselling, Mentoring and Teaching | Oxbridge | Unaccredited | Level 3

Drug and Alcohol Counselling

Drug and alcohol misuse is a serious and widespread problem, affecting not just those with substance abuse problems, but the people around them and society as a whole. Drug and alcohol counsellors work with people who are struggling with addiction, helping them to overcome their problems and lead healthier, more productive lives. This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a successful substance misuse counsellor.

1. Introduction to Addictions
2. Addictive Substances
3. Models and Perspectives Surrounding Substance Misuse
4. Classification of Substances
5. Treatment and Preventions
6. Stages of Change
7. Navigating Recovery
8. Reflexivity and Diversity

PET entry requirements: Level 2 English

Format of course material: Paper-based

Assignments: Eight assignments

Exam: No

Prison support requirements: Support assessment submission and contact supplier for tutor support

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

Business, Management and I.T. | Inside Academy | Agored Cymru | Level 2 | Duration: 60 hours

E-Commerce – How to Build a Successful Online Business

Written by someone with lived experience of prison, and also of running his own successful online business, this course equips you with the knowledge needed to succeed. Whether you’re looking to supplement an income or to sell items around the world, this course is for you. You will cover all aspects of selling products on eBay – one of the world’s largest platforms – and other similar online marketplaces and learn how to manage and grow your own business.

The course covers the following subjects:

  • An introduction to e-commerce
  • An introduction to reselling
  • Products sourcing and selling
  • Search engine optimisation and algorithms
  • Let’s master eBay!
  • Starting your own enterprise
  • Accounting basics
  • Implications of running your own online business
  • Risks in setting up your own business
  • Becoming a successful entrepreneur
  • Developing your skills and knowledge

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Materials: Paper

Assignments: 8 assignments

Exams: None

Prison Support Requirements: Facilitate tutor support

Tutor Support: Yes

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

Economics A-Level Part 1

Economics shapes how we allocate limited resources and measures the impact of our choices. You’ll study the UK and global economy, using economic theory to analyse issues and present your ideas and conclusions in a clear, logical way. Whether you’re pursuing a career in business, finance or politics, this course will build your problem-solving, analytical and decision-making skills, in readiness for a wide range of future career and university choices.

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 five units:

1. Introduction to economics
2. Supply and price
3. Market failure and government intervention
4. The UK economy – performance measures
5. The UK economy – income, growth, and policies
6. Business Behaviour

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Seven written assignments (corresponding to the above units, plus one introductory assignment). 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?  Economics A-Level Part 2

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

Economics A-Level Part 2

Economics shapes how we allocate limited resources and measures the impact of our choices. You’ll study the UK and global economy, using economic theory to analyse issues and present your ideas and conclusions in a clear, logical way. Whether you’re pursuing a career in business, finance or politics, this course will build your problem-solving, analytical and decision-making skills, in readiness for a wide range of future career and university choices.

The course contains four units that follow on from Part 1

7. Markets
8. Government Intervention in Markets
9. International Economics
10. Macroeconomic Strategies and Policies

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths, plus Economics Part 1

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Four written assignments (These do not contribute towards the final grade).

Exams: Three exams. Each are two hours, and contribute 35%, 35% and 30% of 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. Facilitate and invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? OU Access Modules Y032:People, Work and Society, or YO33: Science, Technology and Maths

Find Out More: From NEC here

Counselling, Mentoring and Teaching | NEC | RQF, TQUK | Level 3 | Duration: 60 hours

Education and Training Award

This course replaces the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTTLS) qualification, and is the first step towards working in post-16 or adult level teaching or training. It is also useful if part of your role is to train others. You will find out how to plan, deliver and assess effective learning, and discover the roles, responsibilities and relationships involved in teaching.

The course consists of four sections:

  1. Roles, Responsibilities, and Relationships
  2. Assessment in Education and Training
  3. Inclusive Teaching and Learning
  4. Planning and preparation

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Four tutor marked assignments

Exams: Yes – the “Microteach Element”. This involves a practical fifteen minute teaching session that will need to be recorded. Due to security issues, this is most often completed by learners upon release. (PET funding does not cover this element).

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments, plus microteach element if possible. An additional enrolment form is also required by NEC before the learner can start on the course.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? A course in the subject you wish to teach (e.g. a vocational course like fitness). PET also offer TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) at Level 5.

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

English Language A-Level Part 1

This course deepens your knowledge of linguistic analysis and explores language use in a variety of situations and contexts. From political speeches and song lyrics, to cartoon strips and food labelling, the course will introduce you to a rich set of resources and styles of writing. You’ll learn about the terminology and grammar that underpins the English language, building your understanding of how language works in the way it does.

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. Methods of language analysis
2. Spoken English
3. Language and Power
4. Identity and non-standard English
5. Language and Gender

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Six 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 submission and completion of assignments. Organize and invigilate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? English Language A-Level Part 2

Find Out More: From NEC here

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

English Language A-Level Part 2

This course deepens your knowledge of linguistic analysis and explores language use in a variety of situations and contexts. From political speeches and song lyrics, to cartoon strips and food labelling, the course will introduce you to a rich set of resources and styles of writing. You’ll learn about the terminology and grammar that underpins the English language, building your understanding of how language works in the way it does.

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

6. Original Writing (Non-Exam Assessment)
7. Early Child Language Acquisition
8. Reading and Writing
9. Language Change and Diversity
10. The language Investigation (Non Exam Assessment)

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

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

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

Exams: Two – each are 2 hours 30 minutes, and contribute 40% of the marks. The Non-Exam Assessment makes up the remaining 20%. (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 Y031 – Arts and Languages

Find Out More: From NEC here

 

 

 

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

English Language GCSE

This qualification can help with future job roles or further educational courses. You will learn how to develop your reading and writing, and improve your communication skills to express your ideas more effectively.

The course consists of nine units:

  1. Creative Reading (1)
  2. Creative Reading (2)
  3. Creative Writing (1)
  4. Creative Writing (2)
  5. Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives (1)
  6. Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives (2)
  7. Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives (3)
  8. Preparing for the Exam (1)
  9. Preparing for the Exam (2)

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 – both are 1 hour 45 minutes. There is also an optional non-exam assessment to demonstrate your skills in spoken language. (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 English Language

Find Out More: From NEC directly here

 

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