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Computer Courses for Beginners to Intermediates Computer Basics Computer Presentation Skills Organise your Desktop Mastering Office 2007 – Microsoft Excel Mastering Office 2007 – Microsoft Word Microsoft Office Publisher Moving on from Computer Basics Using Outlook Effectively PC Networking for Beginners

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Computer Courses Leading to External Exams Pre-Modern Office Technology Level 2 Award/Certificate in Text Processing Level 3 Award/Certificate in Text Processing

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Computer Maintenance & Programming Building a Multimedia PC Comptia A+ Certification

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Creative Computing & Digital Imaging Adobe Photoshop (Introduction to editing your digital photos) Adobe Photoshop Workshop Adobe Photoshop Elements (Introduction to editing your digital photos) Adobe Photoshop Elements Advanced Advanced Adobe Photoshop Christmas Cards using Adobe Photoshop Elements Digital Photography (Introduction) Make the Most of your Digital Photographs Digital Camera Masterclasses: Understanding Exposure and Depth of Field Understanding Flash Photography

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Please note that courses marked with an ‘E’ will be held at the Evesham campus and those marked with an ‘M’ will be held at the Malvern campus. If the course is to be held at a community venue the details will be listed next to the course title. The courses in this brochure may not run every term. For details of current dates, times, venues and prices please consult the current Part-time Course listings on our website or in part time course guide which is available at Reception or you can call (01386) 712695 for your free copy.

Evesham campus: Davies Road, Evesham, WR11 1LP - Telephone (01386) 712695 Malvern campus: Albert Road North, Malvern, WR14 2YH - Telephone (01684) 565351

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AutoCAD AutoCAD Introduction AutoCAD 2D or 3D (C & G 7579)

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Internet & Web Design Courses Internet and E-mail An Introduction to Webpage Design Web Animation Using Flash – Introduction PHP and MySQL for beginners

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National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) Information Technology (ITQ) Level 2

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Specialist Computer Courses Sage C & G Level 1 How to Use a Memory Stick

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Computer Courses for Beginners to Intermediates Computer Basics

E/M

This course is for total beginners and there are no minimum requirements. You will learn from a selection of the following topics using Microsoft Office 2007:             

Use basic computer terminology Save and back-up files Understand basic Health and Safety issues when using computers Use a mouse Use Microsoft Windows Use basic Word Processing Use Microsoft Paint Use computer graphics Organising and storing your files Keeping your work safe Word Processing for everyday life Graphics (including Clip Art, borders etc) Organising your desktop to suit you (does your screen look the way you want it to?)

Computer Presentation Skills

E

This is an excellent course for anybody who wants to learn how to use PowerPoint and Publisher to create a range of marketing material. PowerPoint will include:  Create interesting PowerPoint presentations  Insert images onto your slides  Use transitions to keep the interest of your audience  Insert text boxes  Embed graphs created in Excel  Practice giving presentations Publisher will include:  Create interesting publications using Microsoft Publisher  Insert images  Make good use of text  Learn how to lay your page out to make it reader friendly

Organise your Desktop

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Why waste all that space on some picture you never really look at, and keep all your files in your Documents folder? Why not make everything more accessible? OK, maybe not everything, but the files and apps that you use most often.

Mastering Microsoft Office 2007 – Microsoft Excel

E/M

Does Office 2007 still leave you confused? Can’t find your regular tools and functions? This short workshop will help you convert your Office 2003 skills and develop your confidence for work or home use. The course will also be useful for students wishing to learn Excel software, who may have tried to teach themselves with limited success. Course content will include:     

Cell formatting Using Formulas and Functions Working with Charts and Graphs Print and Layout options Tips for conversion and further good practice

Mastering Microsoft Office 2007 – Microsoft Word

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Does Office 2007 still leave you confused? Can’t find your regular tools and functions? This short workshop will help you convert your Office 2003 skills and develop your confidence for work or home use. The course will also be useful for students wishing to learn Word software, who may have tried to teach themselves with limited success. Course content will include:      

Text Formatting, alignments and paragraph options Inserting pictures and other objects Working with Tables Mailings Working with external hardware including printers and scanners Tips for conversion and further good practice

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Microsoft Office Publisher

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Microsoft Office Publisher 2003 is the business publishing and marketing materials program that helps you create, design, and publish professional marketing and communication materials. You can create materials for print, e-mail, and the Web using the same familiar user interface in other programs in the Microsoft Office System. You will look at how to create:      

Greeting Cards and Invitations CD/DVD labels Personal Stationery Sets - Create a coordinated set of address labels, letterhead, envelopes, and business cards for personal or business use. More Web site wizards - How to create a professional looking Web site by starting with one of the new Web Site Wizards Easy Web Site Builder to create a customized Web site that contains the page types that are appropriate to your specific needs. Publisher also offers an expanded selection of individual Web page types that you can select from to build your Web site one page at a time. E-mail publications - Use the E-mail Wizard to create professional-looking e-mail messages that have the same high quality look and design as your print publications.

Moving on from Computer Basics

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This course will assume that you know how to use a mouse, and have used Microsoft Windows and know the basics of Word. The College uses Office 2007 for the course. You will expand on your knowledge of Word but the course will also take you through:  Excel  PowerPoint  Publisher There is no assignment work or exams; the aim of the course is just to increase your confidence and enjoyment of using a computer or laptop.

Using Outlook Effectively

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This short course will teach you how to make full use of Outlook the Microsoft email program. This course is ideal for those using Outlook for themselves or others at work or at home. You will learn to:  Use email more effectively and appropriately  Send and receive attachments with your emails  Personalise your emails  Create contact lists and distribution groups  Manage your time using the task and calendar features

PC Networking for Beginners

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Connect your laptop to your PC or multiple PC’s together. Learn the basics of cabling and wireless technologies and how to make your network secure.

Computer Courses Leading to External Exams

Pre - Modern Office Technology

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This course will run one day a week during school hours 9.15 – 2.45, term time only, and is suitable for students wanting to improve their IT skills and knowledge with a view to gaining employment or changing employment. Students will work towards certification in:   

Word processing including mail merge using Microsoft Word Creating PowerPoint presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint Spreadsheets and charts using Microsoft Excel

Concessions may be available for students in receipt of certain benefits. Please telephone (01386) 712601 for further details of fee remission. An Adult Learning Grant may be available depending on circumstances. If you are interested in this course or have any further questions please call Hilary Nutman on 01386 712633 or email hnutman@sworcs.ac.uk

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Level 2 Award in Text Processing

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This short course is suitable for those who are new to the skills and knowledge required by word processing operators for the production of a variety of current and straight forward business documents. This course is available as an evening course or during the day time where you will infill into a full time programme. This is a professionally recognised qualification.

Level 2 Certificate in Text Processing

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This course is suitable for those who are new to the skills and knowledge required by word processing operators for the production of a variety of current and straight forward business documents. This is a vocationally related qualification that provides opportunities for learners to develop skills and gain under pinning knowledge and understand to support the modern business environment. This course is available as an evening course or during the day time where you will infill into a full time programme.

Level 3 Award in Text Processing

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This short course is suitable for those who are new to the skills and knowledge required by word processing operators for the production of a variety of current and straight forward business documents. This course is available as an evening course or during the day time where you will infill into a full time programme. This is a professionally recognised qualification.

Level 3 Certificate in Text Processing

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This qualification is appropriate for those learners who have sufficient skill, underpinning knowledge to carry out the production of complex business documents without supervision and/or are already employed in text processing or administrative related jobs. This will enable you to further develop your knowledge and expertise in preparation for employment in a senior job role. This is a professionally recognised qualification. This course is available as an evening course or during the day time where you will infill into a full time programme. Contact Hilary Nutman 01386 712633

Computer Maintenance & Programming Building a Multimedia PC

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Find out the ideal specifications for a multimedia PC including graphics card, hard drives, interfaces etc so it is ready to play music, online video and DVDs. You will be shown how to build up the PC and test it too. Perfect for the budding enthusiast who wants to learn more.

CompTIA A+

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Computer Hardware and Operating Systems with industry recognised qualification. All exam fees are included in the price. The syllabus is available online from www.comptia.org (Click on the "certification" button). Final examination includes two online multiplechoice tests.

Creative Computing & Digital Imaging Adobe Photoshop (Introduction to editing your digital photos)

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This is for anyone who uses a computer at home or who has completed a Computer Basics and wishes to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop. This course will help you to learn more about editing your own digital photographs. To a large extent this will be driven by the requirements of the group.    

Advanced manipulation techniques to enhance and alter photographic or digital images. Manipulate text and use in conjunction with images Create a piece of artwork using drawing/painting tools within Photoshop. Problem solving – with your own Photoshop problems to be solved within the allocated time.

Adobe Photoshop Workshop

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A further course in Adobe Photoshop which will build on techniques learned on the Introductory course or for students who are familiar with the program. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about your own imaging requirements and learn more advanced techniques to enable you to achieve professional results.

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Adobe Photoshop Elements (Introduction to editing your digital photos)

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This is for anyone who uses a computer at home or who has completed a Computer Basics course and wishes to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements. This course will help you to learn more about editing your own digital photographs. To a large extent the content will be driven by the requirements of the group.   

Manipulation techniques to enhance and alter photographic or digital images. Manipulate text and use in conjunction with images Create a piece of artwork using drawing/painting tools within Photoshop Elements.

Adobe Photoshop Elements Advanced

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An advanced workshop in Adobe Photoshop Elements which will build on techniques learned on previous courses or for students who are familiar with the program. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about your own imaging requirements and develop techniques to enable you to achieve professional results. For further information regarding this course please contact the Recreational Course Co-ordinator Grace Hinitt on (01684) 584554 or email ghinittr@sworcs.ac.uk who may be able to answer your query or alternatively will liaise with the course tutor on your behalf.

Advanced Adobe Photoshop

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This class will suit those who have completed the Adobe Photoshop Course, or who have some experience of editing pictures and want to improve on their skills. The course is aimed at those who have begun to use Photoshop and would like to go beyond the basics in order to advance their skills or to get to grips with tools and techniques of Photoshop and to learn when, and how best to use them.

Christmas Cards using Adobe Photoshop Elements

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Do you have a favourite family photo or funny picture which would look great on a Christmas card? Learn the basic editing tools of Adobe Photoshop Elements to produce personal and original cards. (Images will be available for those who do not wish to use their own photographs.) No knowledge of Photoshop or digital imaging is necessary however some experience of Microsoft Windows and computing is important.

Digital Photography (Introduction)

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The course is for anyone who uses a digital camera at home. It is preferable that students have some basic knowledge of using a computer mouse and moving round a computer screen. The following areas are covered How digital cameras operate  Improving techniques, composition etc  Understanding resolution, downloading images on to a computer,  Storing images and different file formats  Scanning and printing images  Enhancing images using Adobe Photoshop  Resizing images, Cropping, Adding text to images  Adding borders and presenting images  Printing and presenting images. The course is assessed through the production of a portfolio.

Make the Most of your Photographs

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Have you ever taken photographs that when viewed show an unwelcome tree, lamp post, litter bin etc., or had your pictures spoilt by “red eye” Without spending a fortune on expensive software, you can learn how to edit your pictures to improve their quality. The software that is used on the course is available at home and is free, so there is no outlay at all for software. You will be using the College IT suite and will be expected to be familiar with a computer keyboard and have some experience of using the internet.

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Digital Camera Masterclass – Understanding Exposure and Depth of Field

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Be more creative with your photography by understanding how to control Depth of Field and Exposure - suitable for beginners and intermediate level students. This six hour course explains how to ensure your photography is correctly exposed by gaining an understanding of how light works and controlled when taking photos, you will also learn how to be creative with your photography by understanding how you can use and control Depth of Field to create more interesting work. This course combines both classroom presentations and practical work with your camera.

Digital Camera Masterclass – Understanding Flash Photography

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Ideally suited to someone with a Digital SRL and separate flash gun, you will find this course enlightening on how to get the best out of your flash photography. Gain an insight into the world of flash photography, this four hour course is designed to help you understand how to use a flash with your DSLR camera. Although it is intended for those who already have an accessory flash such as speedlite, or those considering purchasing one shortly, it can be helpful to anyone even using a built in flash on a DSLR. You will learn how the different modes of operation on your camera and flash combine together to create different effects. Classroom based with breakout practical sessions and demonstrations.

AutoCAD AutoCAD (Introduction)

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The course is a basic introductory course designed to offer the student experience of AutoCAD by using a "hands on" approach. The course is a "hands on" tutorial approach, assessment will be via the tasks you complete over the duration of the course. Areas covered include:• • • • •

Evoking commands options and responses Setting the drawing area Limits and co-ordinate systems Object snaps Drawing commands and drawing to co-ordinates systems

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Drawing aids Using layers, linetypes and colours Text options Inquiry commands Hatching and Dimensions

No prior knowledge of CAD is required; however computer experience is an advantage.

AutoCAD 2D or 3D (C & G 7579)

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This certified course is designed for Engineers, Architects, Draughtspersons and Graphic Designers who wish to obtain a qualification in draughting using the AutoCAD package. The course is available for either intermediate 2D or advanced 3D levels and students should have either completed the Introduction to AutoCAD course, or have relevant industrial experience. • • • •

Templates Drawing and editing Isometric drawing Display, Operation, Efficiency and Enquiries

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Use of Blocks and Xrefs Dimension and Cross Hatching Plotting and Viewports

The student will produce a logbook of progress throughout the course. Competence in drawing will be assessed via 2 practical assignments and a short multiple-choice test. Successful candidates will be awarded a C & G level 2 or 3 certificate in 2D or 3D Draughting with AutoCAD.

Internet & Web Design Courses Internet and E-mail

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Would you like to know how to use email to communicate with friends, colleagues and family around the world? Would you like to be able to find information, use search engines, or buy things cheaply from the internet? Would you like to access your e-mail from anywhere with an internet connection? Come along and we will show you how to do this. You will need to have a basic understanding of how to use a computer.

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An Introduction to Website Design

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This 10 session course offers you a chance to get hands-on experience of building not one but two websites, one built using hypertext markup language (HTML) and one using Kompozer - a ‘what you see is what you get’ (wysiwyg) editor program that saves you writing the code tags. You will get a chance to get cracking on your own website too. The course will also look at important essentials like how to get your website up and running online – e.g. getting your own domain name, getting a hosting package and using FTP (file transfer protocol) – along with concerns about online payments and security. Although there may be easier ways to build a website (well you could have it built for you, or use a ready-made template), the intention of the course is to give you an excellent grounding in knowing the basics of developing a website and helping you take charge of its development and direction – without it costing the Earth. You’ll find the nuts & bolts skills you learn here will come in handy whether you intend to become a web designer by trade, or simply want to build a website to suit your own business purposes. You should have keyboard and mouse skills, and be able to handle files and folders.

Web Animation using Flash - Introduction

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On completing the course, students will understand the basic principles of animation and be able to create several types of web animation including banners, buttons and photo slideshows. You will need basic computer skills and, ideally, some ideas on web animations you would like to learn how to create.

PHP and MySQL for beginners

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This course is intended for web designers or home enthusiasts who want to be able to build database driven sites using PHP and MySQL. By the end of the course you should understand basic commands, basic error tapping and will have created a simple database driven web page.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) Information Technology (ITQ) Level 2

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This is a nationally recognised qualification for people using IT skills as part of their day to day work. Flexible methods of teaching and learning are used. The programme can be customised to suit the individual. This qualification is competence-based, linking a person’s ability to competently perform a range of tasks connected with their work. This means a person’s skills, knowledge and competences are assessed in a practical way. There are no formal qualifications required for this course, however a work role that involves use of IT and related applications would be an advantage. An initial assessment will be carried out to identify suitability.                 

Making selective use of IT – This unit is mandatory Operate a computer IT Maintenance for users IT trouble-shooting for users IT security for users Artwork and imaging software Internet and intranets E-mail Word processing software Spreadsheet software Database software Website software Presentation software Specialist or bespoke software Evaluate the impact of IT Use IT system Use IT to exchange information

Assessment is based on the ability to produce relevant work related evidence to satisfy the requirements of both the mandatory unit and chosen optional units.

Specialist Computer Courses Sage Level 1 (C & G)

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The aim of this qualification is to enable learners to operate SAGE computerised accounts software and process routine accounting tasks including creating accounts for customers and suppliers, recording transactions such as invoices, credit notes, receipts and payments and being able to produce accounting reports. If you have any further questions please contact Jane Dunn on (01386) 712648 or email edunn@sworcs.ac.uk

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How to Use a Memory Stick

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There are several ways to download information so that you can move your images and documents from one computer to another, and/or device. One of the most popular is by using a memory stick. On this course you will learn the principle of what the memory stick is able to do for you, what it can be used for etc. You will also get the practical opportunity to download information onto the stick and upload this information to another device. (You will need to bring along your own memory stick to use on the course.)

Adults can access an impartial advice and guidance service which provides free advice about learning, training and work options. If you would like to speak to an advisor please contact the Next Step advisor based at Connexions on (01386) 444220 or visit the website on www.nextstepwestmidland.org.uk If you require any further advice on learning support, childcare facilities, financial support, transport or any other matter in relation to courses and programmes offered, please contact the main Reception at Malvern on (01684) 565351 or the Learner Services Team at Evesham on (01386) 712600.

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