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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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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the 'apply' button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details we will send you a text with a link to book a telephone interview. Please be aware that when a tutor calls you our number will appear as unknown/with-held/private.
  • Groups and Times

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    Location: Farnworth Library. Group: A. First class: 15 January 2025. Last class: 02 Jul 2025
    • Wednesday : 09:30 - 12:30
  • 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,
  • Course Fees

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    Other fees: £276.00
    You can opt to pay these fees in monthly instalments. You can set this up during the enrolment.
    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • 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, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. 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 applies to the exams you took):


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    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.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the, academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    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 the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

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    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom 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, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    09:30 - 12:30
    3.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    20 weeks

  • Venue:

    Farnworth Library

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