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Photoshop Award Level 1

  • Overview of the course

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    This is a course for students that would like to learn Photoshop skills from basic to more advanced and gain a qualification. You will start by learning tool and techniques through a series of exercises followed by exploring your own ideas and applying skills learnt with the support of the tutor. This course is designed to follow on from our beginners course although some students may be able to start at this level.
  • What you'll learn

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    You will cover these areas:
    - adjusting colour and brightness of images
    - using a variety of Photoshop tools
    - application of filters and effects to improve images and create pieces of artwork
    - retouching techniques - eg. removing blemishes
    - combining images - eg. replacing backgrounds
    - advanced techniques aimed at photographers
    - advanced techniques aimed at designers
  • Entry requirements

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    - Good general computer skills are essential - file management, using Internet etc.
    - Ideally, you should have some basic Photoshop skills
    - You will need to be able to access Photoshop at home and be prepared to practice the skills you acquire in class at home.
    - Imagination and application of skills will ensure success.

    You will need an informal interview with a tutor before you can enrol on to this course (this can be carried out by phone).
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be required to collect a portfolio of evidence throughout the year which covers 3 units of the qualification
    - Explore available resources to develop basic craft skills
    - Explore and develop ideas creatively
    - Create, present and review final craft item
    Written and oral feedback will be given by the tutor throughout the year.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    You will be encouraged to bring your own images on a CD-Rom or a memory stick but stock images will also be available for practice of techniques.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    You can contact a member of the team via
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    Please contact our Arts Team via to arrange an informal interview.

  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £230.00
    Other fees: £59.00
  • Future opportunities

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    We offer a range of Digital photography and Graphic Design courses and your Tutor will speak to you about these. You can also view our latest course brochure online,
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    13:00 - 15:30
    2.50 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    20 weeks

  • Venue:

    New Bury Community Learning Centre

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