The following is a brief overview of the courses delivered by The Manchester College.
In computer classes prisoners will be offered a course relevant to current skill levels. Courses include EDCC (beginners word processing), CLAiT, CLAiT + and I Media. Courses range from Entry Level to Level 3. Sessions cater for mixed ability groups.
English and Mathematics
In these subjects prisoners will work towards achieving Functional Skills Maths and English. The aim is to help develop the basic skills required in everyday situations and to build both self-confidence and esteem. Following initial and diagnostic assessment of literacy and numeracy skills, prisoners are enrolled onto courses to suit their individual abilities and aims. Courses range from Entry Level to Level 2.
Dedicated ESOL accredited provision is offered to support the learning needs of Foreign National prisoners at the appropriate level.
Social and Life Skills
A range of courses are available:
- Healthy living
- Improving assertiveness and decision making
- Preparation for Work and Employability Skills
- Stress Management
- Alcohol Awareness
- Creative Writing
- Budgeting and Money Management
Courses are delivered as either short course stand-alone modules or longer integrated courses. Provision is flexible and delivered to meet the needs of the population. Courses range from Entry Level to Level 3.
Art, Craft and Design
Art, Craft and Design is taught in the Art Studio and integrated into a vocational workshop . Based on demand, courses offered are:
- Painting and Drawing
- Sculpture - Mixed Media
- Graphic Design Illustration
- Ceramics and Pottery
- Art History - Critical Studies
All courses cover practical work and aspects of art and design. Prisoners will explore different methods of producing their own artwork whilst considering work that other artists have produced. Courses range from Entry Level to Level 3 and groups cater for mixed abilities. The therapeutic benefits of art are recognised towards a prisoner’s personal wellbeing.
Courses may be delivered as discrete courses or embedded into other provision.
Business and Media Studies
Increasing employability is a key focus within education and the following courses are delivered with a view to enhancing career opportunities. Courses offered are:
- I Media - this course provides an opportunity for prisoners to work with current digital technology in order to maintain up to date knowledge and skills
- Business Enterprise - this course allows prisoners to explore the possibilities for self-employment upon release. Courses range from Entry Level to Level 3.
Horticulture courses/accreditation are available for offenders working across the Rye Hill site and basic welding and carpentry courses are planned to start in the 2014-15 academic year.