Work and Education at Bullingdon

The education department at Bullingdon is run in conjunction with Milton Keynes College. There are classes available for all prisoners providing nationally recognized qualifications.

The core offerings are:

  • Basic Skills – courses in English and Maths from beginner to pre-GCSE levels (pre-entry to level 2)
  • Social & Life Studies -consists of four modules – Budgeting, Alcohol Awareness, Citizenship, Healthy Living and Parentcraft
  • Lithographic Printing – training to the highest standard in the correct use of the Heidelberg GTO Lithographic Printing Press
  • Laundry – a recognised laundry qualification through the Guild of Laundry & Dry Cleaning and NVQ level 2 whilst working within the Laundry
  • Farms & Gardens – NVQ level 1 Horticulture and National Proficiency Test Certificate in Horticulture Machinery – NPTC
  • Industrial Cleaning – BICS qualification
  • Construction trades – includes bricklaying, painting & decorating, kitchen fitting, floor laying. Certificates are available in each of these trades and prisoners can undertake one trade or all of them dependant upon their length of sentence. All prisoners also undertake the C.S.C.S card (recognised H&S in construction)
  • ICT skills – the basic range of skills including:

CLAIT Level 1 – Word Processing and File Management, Spreadsheets and Graphs, Databases, Desk Top Publishing, Presentation Graphics, Computer Art.

CLAIT Plus Level 2 – Word Processing and Integration, Spreadsheets and Graphs, Databases, Desktop Publishing, Presentation Graphics, Computer Art.

  • Art & Graphic Design – offering prisoners the opportunity to learn new skills either in fine art or vocational work in graphic design.
  • Barbering – the basic techniques of barbering ( the prisoners are frequently employed as wing barbers) This course leads to OCN accreditation
  • Music – guitar, keyboards, drums. Additionally there are music technology courses which allow composition and song writing.
  • Cookery – the basic of cookery which will then lead them to further vocational development either within the prison or by attending further education upon release.

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