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Creative Skills in Photoshop course timetables

Brief description

Computer course. Build up your computer skills further using
MS Publisher and ready-made design layouts, create fancy cards, fliers, certificates, business cards, calendars etc including importing photos from internet cameras and scanners.

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

A short, informal course introducing the basic principles of image editing using Photoshop Elements 8. Develop your creative skills and techniques. Edit, manipulate and create artwork. Go at your own pace, new features will be covered each term.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    •May take photos using a digital camera

    •May transfer photos from the camera to a computer

    •May use scanner

    •Use appropriate graphics tools to edit images on the computer eg crop, rotate, re-size, contrast, brightness, adjust colour, remove red eye

    •Apply a range of effects to images

    •Adjust – Colour, Brightness/Contrast, Hue/Saturation

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

You will need some experience of using a computer. You will be able to use a mouse and keyboard, and be familiar with using Windows menus and toolbars (eg File, Save, Print).To be able to access this qualification you must be able to read the learning materials, follow written and verbal instructions and make your own notes.

What equipment will I need for the course?

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

What materials will I need for the course?


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?

With tutor support, you will be able to demonstrate your learning and achievement throughout the course. This may include:

•Printed documents

•Your tracking sheet

•Tutor assessments

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

•There are lots of other courses and activities available both here and elsewhere depending on your interests –

•You could progress onto the next stage including a varied program of ten weeks short IT courses or accredited courses – ITQ Level 1/2 workshop at Swarthmore

•You could look at our current brochure, visit our web site at or make an appointment to see the Next Steps Advisor, to discuss your options.

How will I say what I think about the course?

You may talk to your tutor anytime during the CourseAt the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form

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
L270a 2 Monday 1pm – 3pm 24 Sep to 3 Dec 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.