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Brief description

Computer course. Develop your creative skills & techniques. Edit, manipulate photos & create imaginative artwork. You may use a digital camera or scanner and transfer images to a computer. Gain confidence! Get Started Today! Go at your own pace. New features will be covered each term

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is funded by Leeds City Council who particularly wish to attract the following groups, although this does not exclude others from joining:

  • People wanting to build underlying skills in order to build the confidence to join other higher level accredited courses.
  • People who are not already on any of Swarthmore’s registers
  • Unemployed people (adults 19+)*
  • People with key and basic skills needs: literacy, numeracy, language.
  • People who are underrepresented in educational opportunities, including black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lone parents & older adults (60+).
  • People in low paid and unskilled work, part time and temporary workers.

Course description in brief

Design by Magic! Exploring some of the Design Wizards in MS Publisher 2010, using plain or ready-made design layouts to create fancy stationery, cards, fliers and certificates.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • Start MS Publisher 2010
    • Know-how Publisher Interface
    • Chose Publications for Print
    • Chose a Design
    • Chose Colour Scheme
    • Produce a variety of documents using different Blank Publications and Wizards, such as:
    • Flyers and Posters
    • Award Certificates
    • Greeting Cards
    • Invitation Cards
    • Birthday Cards
    • Calendars
    • Business Cards
    • Make changes to the ready-made design templates to suit own preferences and needs :
    • Insert Text Box
    • Add Text
    • Edit and Format Text
    • Insert Picture Frame and Add pictures from Files, Clip Art, Internet, Camera
    • Format Pictures – Styles, Colour, Brightness, Crop
    • Add Fancy Borders
    • Save and Print, Open and Close Files

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

You will need some experience of using a computer and working in a Windows environment. You will be able to use a mouse and keyboard, and be familiar with using Windows menus and toolbars (eg File, Save, Print).

What equipment will I need for the course?

You may find it useful to bring along a notebook and pen to take notes

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

The course will be guided by the tutor to develop skills week by week. There will be a mixture of tutor demonstrations and talks, group discussions, and practical tasks carried out with individual support from the tutor where required.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

You will be expected to attend your course weekly, and arrive on time. If you are unable to attend you will be expected to contact the centre to tell us. If we don’t hear from you for 2 weeks, you may lose your place on the course.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

Your tutor will monitor your progress during the session and provide verbal feedback to you. Written feedback may be given on your tracking/weekly log sheet. You will complete a weekly log of things you’ve covered in the session and note any successes or concerns, and your tutor will monitor this and discuss it with you where appropriate.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

You could enrol onto a CLAIT workshop and work towards the unit 4, e Publication Creation at level 1

How will I say what I think about the course?

At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form. You may also talk to your tutor.

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
L267b 2 Thursday 1pm – 3pm 11 Jan to 22 Mar 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £66.00; R rate £22.00; A rate £6.00 (funder_code:L)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.