We will be running the following courses from Easter 2018. If you would be interested in any of them please email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk

Please note GCSE courses are now full, but new students will be taken on next year. Functional Skills courses are still open to new students, but applicants should call 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk

 

COURSES STARTING AT EASTER

Proposed dates:

Monday (start 16 April 2018, 7 classes, £70)

Or

Tuesday (start 17 April 2018, 8 classes, £80)

 

Course dates to be confirmed, subject to demand.

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest in this course.

 

Why take this course?

This Photography course is designed for those wanting to develop technical skills and a knowledge of how imagery can be applied to communicate an innovative vision of the world we live in.

You will be introduced to a range of different techniques that you can use with your digital camera.  You will explore the work of professional photographers in order to develop an understanding of the effects of composition and the use of different techniques on the final image, and how these affect the message conveyed by a photographic image.  You will also be introduced to basic Photoshop tools such as adjustments to colour and exposure, and removal of blemishes, in order to enhance the appearance of your imagery.  Throughout the course you will be supported to experiment in applying these techniques to your own photographic work.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will cover topics such as:

  • Composition, lighting and angles
  • File formats (JPEG, TIFF, RAW) and print/screen profile settings (Photoshop set ups)
  • Image sizes and resolution
  • DSLR camera dials and features including shutter speed, aperture and ISO (long exposures and depth of field)
  • Studio portrait lighting patterns, gel and projection lighting
  • Photomontage/ joiners
  • Lenses
  • White balance, metering modes, histograms, bit depths and channels
  • Ethics and legalities of photography
  • Presentation skills and visual communication- triptychs and diptychs, exhibition and web/print portfolios
  • WeTransfer and OneDrive – sending large files

 

Who will this course suit?

This course will suit learners with little prior knowledge of photography and those who already have some experience of using their digital camera.  Although principally targeted at learners who wish to develop their skills as a hobby, the course will also be of interest to anybody considering a career in the photographic industry eg as a freelance photographer, photographer’s assistant or technician.

You should have your own digital camera (ideally DSLR or a compact camera with manual functions) with a lead or card reader for transferring images onto the computer.  You will also need a USB memory stick so that you can store your edited photographs.

As you will be working with a computer, you must have basic IT skills:  You need to be able to create new folders on the desktop, save images and use menus.  Some knowledge of Photoshop would be an advantage but is not essential.  See checklist.

Your work will be personal to you, so above all you need to be prepared to “have a go” and experiment with different ideas.

 

Skills checklist for Digital Photography course

Do you have basic IT/pc skills?  You must know how to use general PC computer menus.

Do you have a digital camera with a computer lead?  (If you don’t have a lead you will need a card reader.)

Do you know how to transfer a photograph from your memory card to a computer document folder? (copy and paste method or drag and drop method)

Do you have a pen drive on which to store your work?

The skills indicated above will not be taught on this course.  If you cannot answer “yes” to the questions we suggest that you improve your IT skills before considering this type of course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

  1. This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest. However, you will practise a number of techniques widely used in photographic industries, as stated above.  The tutor will provide an indicative list of skills you have practised, if requested.

 

Who will teach you?

Amy Newton.  Amy is a qualified Teacher with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She works as a Freelance Photographer specialising in weddings, portraits, fashion, events and special occasions. With over 7 years photographic industry experience, she had had the privilege of working for clients such as Sales Sharks Rugby Team, Coronation Street, Johnnie Walker and Bradley Wiggins. Her passion for photography extends to Director of Photography for DV8 Manchester magazine and Editorial Photographer for White Noise Magazine and Sar Magazine. She is a highly creative and skilled photographer with an innovative vision and strive to push photographic boundaries. She is keen to teach creative individuals the “tricks of the trade” when using photographic technologies and pass on her broad knowledge in this particular field.

 

Course Starts:   Tuesday April 24               Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  7 sessions                        Fee:    £70

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This course is designed for intermediate writers who have already taken their first tentative steps and are now ready to further develop their writing craft. It’s a great opportunity to take your writing to the next level in a relaxed, pressure free environment, with an award winning writer.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

During this course we will explore a number of key topics which are designed to further enhance your skills as a writer.  Topics will be chosen from:

 

  • Character Arcs
  • Sub-plots & Themes
  • Figurative Language
  • Narrative Conflict
  • Psychic Distance
  • Plot v Story
  • Pitching your work

 

Throughout the course we will look at a variety of published texts, as well as complete a wide range of practical activities designed to enhance your writing skills. There will also be an opportunity to share your work with the group and develop essential critiquing skills.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course is suitable for intermediate writers who have previously studied creative writing, or, those who have been writing for some time. It will explore a variety of styles and genres within fictional writing, and will also take a look at the publishing industry and consider ways in which to pitch your work. So, whether you’re writing flash fiction, short stories or novels, there will be something in it for you.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No.  This is a traditional leisure course designed to help you to meet fellow writers, learn new skills and take pleasure in your achievements.

 

Who will teach you?

Dale Hannah.  Dale is passionate about creative writing. He loves nothing more than sharing his experiences and skills with fellow writers. He has previously had flash fiction and short stories published in anthologies for both adults and children. In 2014 he won a Northern Writers’ Award and the Commonword Diversity Writing Prize. He has an MA in Creative Writing and is also a qualified proofreader and copy-editor. He is currently working on a novel.

Proposed dates:

Monday (start 16 April 2018, 7 classes, £70)

Or

Tuesday (start 17 April 2018, 8 classes, £80)

 

Course dates to be confirmed, subject to demand.

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest in this course.

 

Why take this course?

Adobe Photoshop is one of the creative design industries’ leading and most widely-used software package for image editing and design.  This Digital and Manipulation course will introduce you to a broad range of techniques using the latest software on PC platforms.  The course is designed to have a balance of hands on practical exercises and demonstrations through which you will learn various tools such as filters, layer masks and cloning tools to create high standard imagery.  You will be encouraged to use your own photographs during the design processes and work towards developing a strong professional portfolio in completion of the course.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

Course content will include:

  • Understanding of the computer use and Photoshop overview
  • Photoshop basics such as dodge, burn, sponge and adjustment tools
  • Introduction to ‘layers’ and ‘layer masks’
  • Multiple exposures using layers and blending modes
  • Design a ‘DADA’ style montage billboard design using your own photographs, brushes and text
  • Sharpening, smoothing and removing blemishes on a portrait using layer masks and clone/patch/spot healing brush tools
  • Straightening and whitening teeth using adjustment layers, brushes, cloning tool and transformations
  • Understanding of image output (size and print) – portfolio development

If you have any of your own personal learning objectives your tutor will try to accommodate these topics where possible.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course will suit learners who are first-time users of Photoshop and those who already have a little experience.  Although principally targeted at learners who wish to develop their skills as a hobby, the course will also be of interest to anybody considering a career in the photographic industry eg as a freelance photographer, photo editor, photographer’s assistant or technician.

You should have your own digital camera with a lead for transferring images onto the computer.  You will also need a USB memory stick so that you can store your edited photographs.

As you will be working with a computer, you must have basic IT skills: You need to be able to create new folders on a PC desktop, save images and use menus.  Some understanding of how to use Photoshop would be an advantage but is not essential.  See the checklist.

Your work will be personal to you, so above all you need to be prepared to “have a go” and experiment with different ideas.

 

 

Skills checklist for Digital Manipulation (Photoshop) course – beginners to intermediates

Do you have basic IT/pc skills?  You must know how to use general PC computer menus.

Do you have a digital camera with a computer lead?  (If you don’t have a lead you will need a card reader.)

Do you know how to transfer a photograph from your memory card to a computer document folder? (copy and paste method or drag and drop method)

Do you have a pen drive on which to store your work?

The skills indicated above will not be taught on this course.  If you cannot answer “yes” to the questions we suggest that you improve your IT skills before considering this type of course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No.  There are no formal assessments but your tutor will review progress and provide individual feedback throughout the course.  We will ask you to review your learning to make sure that everything on the course is meeting your expectations.

At the end of the course you will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which details the topics you have covered.

 

Who will teach you?

Amy Newton.  Amy is a qualified Teacher with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She works as a Freelance Photographer specialising in weddings, portraits, fashion, events and special occasions. With over 7 years photographic industry experience, she had had the privilege of working for clients such as Sales Sharks Rugby Team, Coronation Street, Johnnie Walker and Bradley Wiggins. Her passion for photography extends to Director of Photography for DV8 Manchester magazine and Editorial Photographer for White Noise Magazine and Sar Magazine. She is a highly creative and skilled photographer with an innovative vision and strive to push photographic boundaries. She is keen to teach creative individuals the “tricks of the trade” when using photographic technologies and pass on her broad knowledge in this particular field.

Proposed dates:

Monday (start 16 April 2018, 7 classes, £70)

Or

Tuesday (start 17 April 2018, 8 classes, £80)

 

Course dates to be confirmed, subject to demand.

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to express an interest in this course.

 

Why take this course?

Adobe Photoshop is one of the creative design industries’ leading and most widely-used software package for image editing and design.  This Advanced Digital and Manipulation course will continue with the implementation of layer masks, gradients, clipping masks, brushes and further advanced settings with a more in depth approach. You will experiment with a broad range of complex techniques using the latest software on PC platforms.  The course is designed to have a balance of hands on practical exercises and demonstrations through which you will learn various techniques such as imagery through text, still life reflective surfaces, in depth paths and transformations, dispersion technique, eye enhancements and creative layered collage montages. You will also learn more about the digital terms, ‘Raster’ and ‘Vector’ images. You will be encouraged to use your own photographs during the design processes and work towards developing a strong professional portfolio in completion of the course.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

Course content will include:

  • Paths and selections using the pen and lasso tools
  • Clipping masks and further type tools (transformation, warp, circular paths)
  • Dispersion portrait using brushes and layer masks
  • Gradient blending using filters and gradient adjustment layers
  • Still life studio piece with reflection using gradients, selections, shapes and layer masks
  • Eye enhancement using layer masks, adjustment layers, brushes, blending modes and dodge/burn tools

Who will this course suit?

This course will suit learners who have a good understanding and experience with Photoshop and have a concept of layers and image editing. This course is open to students who have completed the previous evening Photoshop course here at Priestley College and new students who wish to continue developing their creative Photoshop skills.

Although principally targeted at learners who wish to develop their skills as a hobby, the course will also be of interest to anybody considering a career in the photographic industry eg as a freelance photographer, photo editor, photographer’s assistant or technician. This course has also helped previous learners master techniques for their full time jobs in the creative field i.e. interior designers and advertising.

You should have your own digital camera with a lead for transferring images onto the computer.  You will also need a USB memory stick so that you can store your edited photographs. As you will be working with a computer, you must have strong IT skills: You need to be able to create new folders on the desktop, save images and use menus.  An understanding of Photoshop is essential for this course.  See checklist.

Your work will be personal to you, so above all you need to be prepared to “have a go” and experiment with different ideas.

 

 

Skills checklist for Digital Manipulation (Photoshop) course

(advanced)

Do you have strong basic IT/pc skills?  You must know how to use general PC computer menus.

Do you have a digital camera with a computer lead?  (If you don’t have a lead you will need a card reader.)

Do you know how to transfer a photograph from your memory card to a computer document folder? (copy and paste method or drag and drop method)

Do you have a pen drive on which to store your work?

Do you have a good understanding of Photoshop and are you able to work with layers, brushes, adjustments, layer masks, blending modes, clone tools, etc?

The skills indicated above will not be taught on this course.  If you cannot answer “yes” to the questions we suggest that you improve your IT and Photoshop skills before considering this advanced course.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. There are no formal assessments but you will each be given an individual learning plan on which you will find key objectives for the course. You will be asked if you have any of your own personal learning objectives and your tutor will try to accommodate these topics if at all possible. We will ask you to review your learning to make sure that everything on the course is meeting your expectations. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance, which details the topics you have covered.

 

Who will teach you?

Amy Newton.  Amy is a qualified Teacher with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She works as a Freelance Photographer specialising in weddings, portraits, fashion, events and special occasions. With over 7 years photographic industry experience, she had had the privilege of working for clients such as Sales Sharks Rugby Team, Coronation Street, Johnnie Walker and Bradley Wiggins. Her passion for photography extends to Director of Photography for DV8 Manchester magazine and Editorial Photographer for White Noise Magazine and Sar Magazine. She is a highly creative and skilled photographer with an innovative vision and strives to push photographic boundaries. She is keen to teach creative individuals the “tricks of the trade“ when using photographic technologies and pass on her broad knowledge in this particular field.

Step 3 in the Spanish language.

Course Starts:   Monday April 16                Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  7 sessions                        Fee:  £70

 

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This course will boost your confidence when speaking in Spanish, whether purely for fun at home and with friends, or to communicate with locals on holiday.  It is ideal if you have already taken our first 2 courses in Spanish, or you have studied Spanish in the past and want to refresh your skills.

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

You will build on what you already know (basic greetings and phrases, the Spanish alphabet and some numbers, vocabulary used when shopping, ordering food and drink, talking about the weather).  You will practise using different tenses so that you can talk about what’s happening now, what happened in the past and what you expect or hope to happen in the future.  You will extend your vocabulary and confidence so that you can discuss daily routines, health, plans for the future (including all-important holidays!) and memories of the past.

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in improving their basic Spanish.

  • Anyone who has started speaking in Spanish and wants to build confidence by working with a group of like-minded students.
  • Anyone who is not afraid to make mistakes! Learning a language is all about having a go!
  • Anyone who wants to experience the satisfaction of making the effort to be understood in Spanish. A smile from a Spanish local in reward for saying something in Spanish is worth its weight in gold!
  • Anyone interested in starting a new hobby.
  • Anyone who loves to talk and enjoy themselves whilst learning!
  • Anyone who may be interested in continuing to learn Spanish in more depth at a later point.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is a leisure course Spanish and has no formal assessment. The aim of the course is to become increasingly confident pronouncing, speaking and understanding Spanish.  Your tutor will give you individual feedback, and will be able to indicate the level of skills needed to progress to a qualification-based course.

 

Who will teach you?

Victoria Brown.  Victoria is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about teaching the Spanish language, having fallen totally in love with it at the age of 14 whilst on a Spanish Exchange! She went on to gain a BA Hons in Spanish from the University of Hull just over 20 years ago.

Victoria then successfully completed a Master of Arts (MA) in European Cultures and Societies, specialising in analysing Spanish literature.

She gained a teaching qualification the following year (PGCE) in order to begin many rewarding years teaching Spanish in Secondary schools.

Victoria is an outstanding teacher, known for her boundless energy and ability to enable her students to be confident, successful learners.

Course Starts:   Tuesday April 17       Time:  6:45 8:45 pm

Course length:  8 sessions                Fee:  £80

 

Please phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

This is an opportunity to experience the enormous self-satisfaction of beginning to speak a foreign language. Whether it is purely a hobby at home or a goal to be able to communicate with the locals whilst on holiday, there is nothing like the feeling of saying your first spontaneous sentences in Spanish!

 

What are the key topics it will cover?

You will begin by learning basic greetings and phrases, the Spanish alphabet and some numbers.  You will learn to talk about topics such as your family and hobbies.  You will also be able to find your way to places in town and to purchase items in shops.  Ordering food and drink in restaurants will be covered as well as visiting the doctor!  And of course you will also find yourself being able to comment on the weather, a must in any language!

 

Who will this course suit?

This course would suit any adult interested in learning to start to speak Spanish.

  • Anyone who has always wanted to speak another language but who has never quite had the confidence to try!
  • Anyone who is not afraid to make mistakes! Learning a language is all about having a go!
  • Anyone who wants to experience the satisfaction of making the effort to be understood in Spanish. A smile from a Spanish local in reward for saying something in Spanish is worth its weight in gold!
  • Anyone interested in starting a new hobby.
  • Anyone who loves to talk and enjoy themselves whilst learning!
  • Someone who may be interested in continuing to learn Spanish in more depth at a later point.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of the course?

No. This is an introduction to Spanish and has no formal assessment. The aim of the course is to become increasingly confident pronouncing, speaking and understanding Spanish. You will build up your knowledge of Spanish vocabulary and the aim is to increase your ability to create extended sentences in Spanish as the course progresses.

 

Who will teach you?

Victoria Brown.  Victoria is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about teaching the Spanish language, having fallen totally in love with it at the age of 14 whilst on a Spanish Exchange! She went on to gain a BA Hons in Spanish from the University of Hull just over 20 years ago.

Victoria then successfully completed a Master of Arts (MA) in European Cultures and Societies, specialising in analysing Spanish literature.

She gained a teaching qualification the following year (PGCE) in order to begin many rewarding years teaching Spanish in Secondary schools.

Victoria is an outstanding teacher, known for her boundless energy and ability to enable her students to be confident, successful learners.

Course Starts:   Monday April 16        Time:  6:45 – 8:45 pm

Course length:  7 sessions                Fee:  £70

 

Please ‘phone the Adult College on 01925 624455 or email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk to book a place.

 

Why take this course?

It does not matter where your ancestors are from – whether local, British, or from other nations – this course will get you off to a flying start with your research.

Learn how to begin tracing your ancestors and find out about the world they lived in.  This informal course is designed for beginners but would also be suitable for those who have a little experience but would like some guidance.

This is a relatively short course so will be delivered as an intensive introduction to the subject, giving you all the skills needed to start working on your own.

What are the key topics it will cover?

The course will include the topics from the following:

  • Organizing and planning your research; learning what questions to ask and where to find the answers. Looking after the family “archive”.
  • Family history and the internet – uses and pitfalls, and how to conduct online research and network safely.
  • Recognising which key record collections are of particular use to beginner genealogists, such as civil registration and census returns. Assessing their usefulness and how they can further our research.
  • We will also look at some basic resources that will help you put your ancestors in the context of the world in which they lived.

Other topics may be added according to the interests of the group and the time available.  The tutor will also suggests activities that can be carried out between classes.

 

Who will this course suit?

The course will suit anyone who would like to know more about their family history and the world their ancestors lived in.  No previous experience is needed, and all students need to bring to the first session is a notepad/book and something to write with.  Note taking is kept to a minimum with the use of handouts which are regularly updated and improved.

 

Is there a qualification at the end of this course?

  1. This is a course purely for leisure, pleasure and general interest.

 

Who will teach you?

Gill Rossini.  Gill has had a passion for the past since childhood, which she attributes to summer holidays spent with her parents exploring the historic churches and monuments of Britain.  It is an enthusiasm which, decades later, shows no sign of abating.  After graduating with BSc Hons in History at Leeds University, she spent some years working in a large reference library before beginning her teaching career in 1988, and has been teaching a wide variety of historical topics to adult students ever since.  Gill’s primary foci as an historian are community and family history, gender, and the histories of disadvantaged groups within society; she also has a strong interest in the history of Greater Manchester and its trade, manufacturing and retail activities.  A huge variety of topics are covered by these interests, with everything from the history of a street to tracing ancestors, deciphering old handwriting or researching graveyards coming within Gill’s sphere of activities.

Gill’s classes are fun, practical and hands-on and you are guaranteed a warm welcome as you learn about the world of the past.  No previous expertise is required and all you need to bring is a notepad and something to write with – and your love of history!  All other materials will be provided.

Gill’s book A History of Adoption in England and Wales, 1850-1961 was published by Pen and Sword in 2014 and will be joined by her second book, a history of same sex relationships 1750-1957, in 2017.  Find out more about Gill at: website: www.gillrossini.com; Twitter @rainbowhistory;  Blog http://rainbowhistorian.blogspot.co.uk/; Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GilRossiniRainbowHistorian/.

Pre-course assessments 2017/2018

Some courses have entry requirements in order to assess whether these courses are appropriate for you as a learner.

To enrol for the GCSE English course you must have already have a D at GCSE or a Functional English level 2 qualification.  If you do not meet this requirement you can download a pre-course assessment via the link below or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.  The completed assessment must be returned to college before 1st September 2017.

Pre-Course Assessment GCSE English

To enrol for the GCSE Maths course you must already have a D at GCSE or Functional Maths at level 2.  If you do not meet this requirement you will need to complete the pre-course assessment in college on 4th September 2017.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

 

To enrol for GCSE Biology you must already have a maths GCSE at C or above, or be working towards this, or have a Functional Maths qualification at Level 2.

The evening Functional Maths and English will be for Level 1 and Level 2 only.

To check whether you are working at the appropriate level for the Functional English course, you can download a pre-course assessments via the link below, or contact Adult College on 01925 624455 to request a paper copy.  The completed handwritten assessment must be returned to college before 1st September.

Pre-Course Assessment Improve Your English

The Functional Maths assessment will take place in college on 4th September 2017.  Please ring 01925 624455 to make an appointment.

 

If you have any queries please email a.mcgrath@priestley.ac.uk for more information.

If you are you 19+ and uncertain about your future employment or career path , you can get  advice  from the National Careers Service who can provide you with help in making the right choices for learning and employment. To find out more or to contact them, please follow this link to their website.

http://www.learninglinks.co.uk/programme/national-careers-service

Click on the link below to find information and contact details of local and national organisations that can help you to make thoughtful and well-informed choices about your next steps in education, training or employment.

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Alternative formats of these documents  are available on request from the Adult Learner Services Team. Telephone 01925 624455.

Community Learning Adult Learner Handbook

ADULT LEARNER HANDBOOK

Fees Policy for 2017-18

The 2014 to 2020 ESF programme

Did you know that Priestley College runs free maths and English courses for adults?  Did you know that you don’t have to go to the Priestley campus to attend one of these courses?

 

We run courses in a number of centres around the town, at different times of the day and on several days of the week, so you should be able to find a course that’s convenient for you.  Throughout the course you will be supported by your tutor in exactly the same way as if you attended the Priestley campus.

 

Our courses lead to nationally recognised qualifications (Functional Skills English and Functional Skills Maths), at different levels so you can start your learning at a level that’s right for you.  You will be entered for an exam when the tutor agrees that you are ready – you might not have to wait until next summer!

 

While you work towards a qualification you will build on other skills which will enhance your CV.  The routine of regular attendance, punctuality and improved organisational skills are always useful if you are looking for employment or promotion.  Teamwork and independent study will boost your confidence and skills if you wish to support your children with their homework, or to volunteer in your local community.

Centres used
Little Stars Children’s Centre Boulting Avenue, Dallam
The Beaches Children’s Centre Sandy Lane, Orford
The Orchard Children’s Centre Hilden Road, Padgate
St Margaret’s Community Hub Lindley Avenue, Latchford
The Greenhouse Community Centre Orford Park, Alder Lane, Orford
We may consider running courses at other centres, if there is enough demand.

 

If you are interested please contact us at Priestley College by email adultsenrol@priestley.ac.uk or ring 01925 624455.

Please note that you may not enrol on these courses if you already have a GCSE grade C or above in your chosen subject.  The Functional Skills English courses are not suitable for you unless your first language is English.