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Offender Learning: Prisons, Young Offender Institutions and Probationary Services

Who we helpOffender Learning: Prisons, Young Offender Institutions and Probationary Services

We have been helping to develop training programmes to rehabilitate offenders for over 15 years.

We know how to provide flexible qualifications and accreditation that meet the needs of people looking for a new start in life, enabling them to accumulate credits and achieve qualifications in bite-sized chunks, across different organisations where appropriate.

The qualifications below are just a few we have identified that are ideal for delivery in custodial settings, with a focus on employability and vocational preparation, getting learners work-ready to help them seek gainful employment on release. All of these qualifications are OLASS funded* and are delivered in a wide range of educational settings.

Qualification Credits Guided Learning Hours Key Features
Business and Enterprise Skills
OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in First Steps to Enterprise 13 98
  • SFA, EFA & OLASS funded
  • Covers core competencies in business planning and design
  • Ideal for progression into self-employment
Customer Service
OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Customer Service 23 143
  • SFA & OLASS funded
  • Highly relevant vocational skills
  • Wide variety of optional units in the Level 1 Certificate and Level 2 Diploma
OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Customer Service 13 93
OCNLR Level 2 Diploma in Customer Service 45 245
Employability & Work Preparation
OCNLR Entry 3 Award in Preparing for Employment 4 25
  • SFA, EFA & OLASS funded
  • Focus on self-reflection, application and interview technique
  • Short courses for fast delivery
OCNLR Level 1 Award in Preparing for Employment 4 24
OCNLR Level 1 Award in Employability 7 56-74
  • SFA, EFA & OLASS funded
  • Develop practical vocational skills
  • Wide choice of units
OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Employability 13 106-128
OCNLR Level 2 Award in Employability 3 24
OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Employability 13 104
OCNLR Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care 6 53
  • SFA & OLASS funded
  • Vocation specific employability skills
OCNLR Level 1 Award in Work Preparation for Building and Construction 6 48
OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Work Preparation for Building and Construction 18 144
Health & Safety
OCNLR Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment 4 40
  • EFA funded only
  • Fulfils mandatory requirements for CSCS Labourer Green Card
Social Relevance
OCNLR Level 1 Award in Prevent Duty Awareness 1 6
  • SFA, EFA & OLASS funded
  • Online assessment materials available
  • Level 3 available for staff
OCNLR Level 2 Award in Understanding Mediation 6 60
  • SFA, EFA & OLASS funded
  • Skills applicable to a range of contexts (incl. employment)
Progression Qualifications
OCNLR Entry 3 Extended Award in Progression 6 50-60
  • SFA, EFA & OLASS funded
  • Wide variety of units, including English, maths, ICT, employability, life & study skills and units from 15 vocational areas
  • Flexible rules of combination, so you can mix-and-match units to suit needs
  • Ideas for short-courses available here
OCNLR Entry 3 Certificate in Progression   15 150
OCNLR Level 1 Award in Progression   6 47-60
OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Progression   21 156-209
OCNLR Level 2 Award in Progression   9 59
OCNLR Level 2 Certificate in Progression 25 177
Skills for Vocational Studies
OCNLR Entry 3 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies 9 69
  • SFA, EFA & OLASS funded
  • English, maths, ICT, employability & learning skills units
  • 12 vocational areas
OCNLR Entry 3 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies 32 250
OCNLR Level 1 Award in Skills for Vocational Studies 9 81
  • SFA, EFA & OLASS funded
  • 10 vocational areas
  • Teaching & assessment materials available
OCNLR Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Vocational Studies 32 283
Skills for Professions Level 1
OCNLR Certificate in Applied Science and Technology 32 276
  • SFA, EFA & OLASS funded
  • Teaching & assessment materials available
  • Common ‘mandatory’ and ‘learning skills’ units across all qualifications for ease of multi-subject delivery
  • Flexible assessment
OCNLR Certificate in Business, Administration and Finance 32 271
OCNLR Certificate in Creative and Digital Industries 32 281
OCNLR Certificate in Hair and Beauty 32 270
OCNLR Certificate in Health & Social Care 32 270
OCNLR Certificate in Public Services 32 282
OCNLR Certificate in Sport 32 282
Skills for Professions Level 2
OCNLR Certificate / Extended Certificate in Applied Science and Technology 18, or 26 130, or 190
  • SFA, EFA & OLASS funded
  • Common ‘employability’ and ‘learning skills’ optional units across qualifications for ease of multi-subject delivery
  • Strong focus on employability skills
  • Flexible assessment
OCNLR Certificate / Extended Certificate in Building and Construction 16, or 26 109, or 198
OCNLR Certificate / Extended Certificate in Business, Administration and Finance 16, or 26 111, or 189
OCNLR Certificate / Extended Certificate in Creative and Digital Industries 18, or 27 121, or 187
OCNLR Certificate / Extended Certificate in Engineering 16, or 26 128, or 203
OCNLR Certificate / Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care 16, or 26 125, or 200

* L1 Award in Health & Safety in a Construction Environment is EFA funded only

Suitable for a variety of contexts

The qualifications cover a broad range of subject areas from Entry Level (E3) to Level 2. They are ideal for training providers who:

  • Have a focus on preparing learners for progression to (self-) employment
  • Like variety in their choice of units
  • Would like their learners to achieve a nationally recognised certificate
  • Require flexible assessment methods to accommodate different learning styles
  • Want to deliver courses in bite-sized chunks

Fast-track centre approval

If you are not currently an OCN London recognised centre, it’s easy to join us. We can fast-track your application so you can be delivering our qualifications in no time at all.

If you would like to deliver any of these qualifications please contact Amarjit Dhanjal on

020-7689-5894 or our curriculum team on 020-7278-5511

What our offender learning providers say about us

“My experience is very positive. I have easy access to staff, who promptly answer my queries. The communication with the external moderator is also easy”.

Elaine Garcia-Mander, Deputy Education Officer, HMP Wandsworth

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