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Learn to code

Learn to code

Course Aims

To develop skills to understand and learn basic coding techniques. This course is a good starting point for anyone wanting to explore coding/programming.

Course Length

20 Guided Learning Hours. Courses are usually 5 x 2hrs per week.

Who Is This Course For?

Those with some IT skills and a keen interest in the more logical programming side of IT. Those wishing to progress into jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries and in the digital skills sector. Coding is part of the new Digital Agenda and is being taught in schools, colleges and to adults. If you want to find out what it’s all about this is the course for you.

Will I Gain Any Qualifications?

No. This is a course to develop your skills further. There is no qualification awarded, but you will receive a certificate from Birmingham Adult Education Service.

Do I Need Any Prior Knowledge, Skills Or Qualifications?

This course is not suitable for complete beginners. You do not need any previous IT qualifications but you will need a logical mind and a very keen interest in computer coding in general. You will need knowledge of using a QWERTY keyboard. You must also have English and Maths skills at Level 1 or above.

Course Content

By the end of these courses you will be able to use basic coding in languages such as BBC Microbit, Python and JavaScript and be able to identify and repair coding errors in a program.

What Could This Course Lead To?

This course is part of our digital pathway and could support your future employment in technical fields such as programming, project management, creative digital arts and working for such employers as HS2. It will also support you to design your own website as well as other courses we offer such as: How To Set Up A Social Media Campaign, How To Build A Computer and other level 1 IT Qualifications.

How Will I Learn?

  • Learning will take place initially in a classroom environment and then online from your home using Birmingham Adult Education Services Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - Moodle) which is a secure online tool to support you with your studies. It has been designed to complement teaching and offers a flexible addition to studying with us. Various other tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom & Padlet will be used to enhance teaching & learning.
  • You will be able to access resources, engage in online activities, study independently, and participate in group discussions with your teacher. You will record your own progress and have your work checked regularly throughout the course.
  • Once you are enrolled your teacher will provide you with an enrolment key and show you how to access the resource.

What Materials Or Equipment Will I Need To Provide?

You will need to have access at home to:

  • A laptop, computer which is connected to the internet
  • Notepad and pen – you will need to take notes during the online sessions and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises
  • You will need to have an email account and having access to online storage is advisable.

What We Require Of You As A Learner?

  • Regular attendance is essential for you to succeed
  • You will be expected to attend the full course
  • Work at home will need to be completed punctually and sent to your teacher for marking
  • You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set

Useful Website(s)

Contact Details

Nick Davis| Subject Leader… | T: 0121 464 7402 … |M: 07548 124009… |E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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How to set up a digital media campaign

How to set up a digital media campaign

Course Aims

To develop practical digital marketing skills using various platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Course Length

20 Guided Learning Hours. Courses are usually 5 x 2hrs per week.

Who Is This Course For?

  • This course has been specifically designed for individuals who have an interest in understanding more about social media to further develop professional skills.
  • This course might be suitable for individuals looking to start their own business, but is primarily designed for people looking to start or further a career within marketing or communications.  This will them get a better understanding of digital marketing aspects in order to facilitate this.

Will I Gain Any Qualifications?

No. This is a course to develop your skills further. There is no qualification awarded, but you will receive a certificate from Birmingham Adult Education Service.

Do I Need Any Prior Knowledge, Skills Or Qualifications?

Participants do not require any previous experience in using social media in a business capacity, but a personal familiarity with social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram would be desirable. This is a course built around social media and includes introduction to the basics of social media. You will need to setup Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts if you do not already have them.

Course Content

  • Introduction to social media, the history of the industry, fundamental differences between platforms and how to set up successful presences on them
  • Content theory and strategy development, what makes great content, how to develop high quality visuals, and integrating it into a campaign plan
  • Paid advertising: understanding audience targeting tools, campaign structure and implementation
  • Insights & analytics: what different statistics mean, the impact on strategy and how best to report it. Review of final material and campaign strategy exercise

What Could This Course Lead To?

This course is part of our digital pathway and could support your future employment or to take other accredited courses.

How Will I Learn?

  • Learning will take place initially in a classroom environment and then online from your home using Birmingham Adult Education Services Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - Moodle) which is a secure online tool to support you with your studies. It has been designed to complement teaching and offers a flexible addition to studying with us. Various other tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom & Padlet will be used to enhance teaching & learning.
  • You will be able to access resources, engage in online activities, study independently, and participate in group discussions with your teacher. You will record your own progress and have your work checked regularly throughout the course.
  • Once you are enrolled your teacher will provide you with an enrolment key and show you how to access the resource.

What Materials Or Equipment Will I Need To Provide?

You will need to have access at home to:

  • A laptop, computer which is connected to the internet
  • Notepad and pen – you will need to take notes during the online sessions and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises

What We Require Of You As A Learner?

  • Regular attendance is essential for you to succeed
  • You will be expected to attend the full course
  • Work at home will need to be completed punctually and sent to your teacher for marking
  • You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set

Useful Website(s)

Contact Details

Sameena Asmat| Curriculum Leader… | T: 0121 675 8053 … |M: 0752222 8644… |E: asmatsbaes.ac.uk

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Adobe Photoshop - An Introduction

Adobe Photoshop - An Introduction

Course aims

This exciting new course introduces you to the industry standard Adobe Photoshop. Have you ever taken a photograph and wished you could make it better? Have you a creative side that you want to express? Are you looking for a new interest, or even a new career?

Learning to use Photoshop will equip you with the skills you need to really transform your images. You will learn to use correct methods and procedures to get the right look and feel for your images. You will also learn to save and export the images for further use and manipulation.

Course length

20 Guided Learning Hours. Courses are usually 1 x 2hrs per week.

Who is this course for?

Adults (19+) who would like to develop their computer and graphics skills for everyday life, move on to a qualification course in this subject or wish to embark on a career in this area.

Will I gain any qualification?

No, this is an introduction course. However all our Digital Skills courses embed development of study, English, maths and job skills to help prepare you for study at higher levels and improve your work prospects.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

Your English, maths and IT skills will be assessed before you join the course to make sure that the course is the right level for you. The expectation is that you have Level 1 in English, math and IT skills.

Content

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Find and use basic features of the software
  • Plan and describe what you want to achieve using the software
  • Create and manipulate images using Photoshop
  • Describe copyright constraints and know how to avoid such issues
  • Be capable of storing images in different appropriate file formats

What could this course lead to?

At the end of the course, your tutor will check your skills to see what you are ready to do next: After this course you could move on to a qualification course such as Graphic Design Level 1 or Computer Aided Design Level 1. In the longer term, qualification in this field can lead on to jobs as a; Graphic Designer, Photo Editor, Photographer/Assistant photographer and Marketing or PR jobs.

How will I learn?

  • Learning will take place initially in a classroom environment and then online from your home using Birmingham Adult Education Services Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - Moodle) which is a secure online tool to support you with your studies. It has been designed to complement teaching and offers a flexible addition to studying with us. Various other tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom & Padlet will be used to enhance teaching & learning.
  • You will be able to access resources, engage in online activities, study independently, and participate in group discussions with your teacher. You will record your own progress and have your work checked regularly throughout the course.
  • Once you are enrolled your teacher will provide you with an enrolment key and show you how to access the resource.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need to have access at home to:

  • A laptop, computer which is connected to the internet
  • Microsoft Adobe license can be purchased from BAES for a time limit
  • Notepad and pen – you will need to take notes during the online sessions and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises

What we require of you as a learner?

  • Regular attendance is essential for you to succeed
  • You will be expected to attend the full course
  • Work at home will need to be completed punctually and sent to your teacher for marking
  • You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set

Useful website(s)

For more information about Birmingham Adult Education Service: www.learnbaes.ac.uk

Contact details

Nick Davis| Subject Leader… | T: 0121 464 7402 … |M: 07548 124009… |E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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How to build a computer

How to build a computer

Course Aims

To discover what is inside a computer, how it works and how to build it from scratch. Troubleshoot and solve common computer hardware problems.

Course Length

20 Guided Learning Hours.

Who Is This Course For?

This course is for complete beginners - no previous experience or knowledge is necessary. You should be able to follow spoken and written instructions. You will also be expected to take part in the practical elements of this course.

Will I Gain Any Qualifications?

No. This is a course to develop your skills further. There is no qualification awarded, but you will receive a certificate from Birmingham Adult Education Service.

Do I Need Any Prior Knowledge, Skills Or Qualifications?

This course is for complete beginners - no previous experience or knowledge is necessary.

Course Content

  • Installing and configuring parts of a computer
  • Computer jargon and terminology
  • The parts of the computer and their function
  • Health and safety when working with computers
  • Troubleshooting common computer problems
  • Computer maintenance and optimisation

What Could This Course Lead To?

This course is part of our digital pathway and could support your future employment in technical fields or programming or our other accredited courses.

How Will I Learn?

  • Learning will take place in a classroom environment as well as online from your home using Birmingham Adult Education Services Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - Moodle) which is a secure online tool to support you with your studies. It has been designed to complement teaching and offers a flexible addition to studying with us. Various other tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom & Padlet will be used to enhance teaching & learning.
  • You will be able to access resources, engage in online activities, study independently, and participate in group discussions with your teacher. You will record your own progress and have your work checked regularly throughout the course.
  • Once you are enrolled your teacher will provide you with an enrolment key and show you how to access the resource.

What Materials Or Equipment Will I Need To Provide?

You will need to have access at home to:

  • A laptop, computer which is connected to the internet
  • Notepad and pen – you will need to take notes during the online sessions and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises

What We Require Of You As A Learner?

  • Regular attendance is essential for you to succeed
  • You will be expected to attend the full course
  • Work at home will need to be completed punctually and sent to your teacher for marking
  • You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set

Useful Website(s)

Contact Details

Sameena Asmat| Curriculum Leader… | T: 0121 675 8053 … |M: 0752222 8644… |E: asmatsbaes.ac.uk

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Adobe InDesign - An Introduction

Adobe InDesign - An Introduction

Course aims

This exciting new short course introduces you to the industry standard desktop publishing package InDesign. Have you ever wanted to create a newsletter or a magazine, make your own birthday cards or flyer or even an ebook? You will learn the basics of InDesign and this will allow you to create your own layouts and styles.

Course length

20 Guided Learning Hours. Courses are usually 1 x 2hrs per week.

Who is this course for?

Adults (19+) who would like to develop their computer and graphics skills for everyday life, move on to a qualification course in this subject or wish to embark on a career in this area.

Will I gain any qualification?

No, this is an introduction course. However All our Digital Skills courses embed development of study, English, maths and job skills to help prepare you for study at higher levels and improve work prospects.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

Your English, maths and IT skills will be assessed before you join the course to make sure that the course is the right level for you. The expectation is that you have Level 1 in English, math and IT skills.

Content

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Construct simple newsletters
  • Layout a multiple column page
  • Save images in the correct file formats
  • Apply text formatting and create paragraph styles
  • Create an e-book
  • Save and Export using an appropriate format ready for printing

What could this course lead to?

At the end of the course, your tutor will check your skills to see what you are ready to do next: After this course you could move on to a qualification course such as Graphic Design Level 1 or Computer Aided Design Level 1. In the longer term, qualification in this field can lead on to jobs as a; Graphic Designer, Photo Editor, Photographer/Assistant photographer and Marketing or PR jobs.

How will I learn?

  • Learning will take place initially in a classroom environment and then online from your home using Birmingham Adult Education Services Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - Moodle) which is a secure online tool to support you with your studies. It has been designed to complement teaching and offers a flexible addition to studying with us. Various other tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom & Padlet will be used to enhance teaching & learning.
  • You will be able to access resources, engage in online activities, study independently, and participate in group discussions with your teacher. You will record your own progress and have your work checked regularly throughout the course.
  • Once you are enrolled your teacher will provide you with an enrolment key and show you how to access the resource.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

You will need to have access at home to:

  • A laptop, computer which is connected to the internet
  • Microsoft Adobe license can be purchased from BAES for a time limit
  • Notepad and pen – you will need to take notes during the online sessions and a folder to store hand-outs and completed exercises

What we require of you as a learner?

  • Regular attendance is essential for you to succeed
  • You will be expected to attend the full course
  • Work at home will need to be completed punctually and sent to your teacher for marking
  • You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study and complete any homework set

Useful website(s)

For more information about Birmingham Adult Education Service: www.learnbaes.ac.uk

Contact details

Nick Davis| Subject Leader  | T: 0121 464 7402 | M: 07548 124009 | E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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