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Microsoft Office Skills - Beginner

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Course Description

The course is for beginners and assumes no previous knowledge. Students with a working knowledge of Microsoft office should undertake the Microsoft Office Skills – Intermediate course.

The qualification requires students to complete 3 units:

  • Presentation Software (Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • Spreadsheet Software (Microsoft Excel)
  • Word Processing Software (Microsoft Word)

This course is for anyone who wants to start to use Microsoft Office in either a work or home setting. The techniques incorporated into each unit are basic in nature because they are the most common used by users of each software package.

The course runs from 6-9pm, 3 hours per week for 18 weeks and the full course cost is £362.


Pearson Education Ltd Award for Microsoft Office Skills – Beginner

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements but students must have a basic understanding of Microsoft Windows and be able to use a keyboard and mouse or if required assistive technology.


Microsoft Outlook

Students will learn how to:

  • Use email software tools and techniques to compose and send messages
  • Identify how to stay safe when using email
  • Use an address book to organise contact information
  • Identify when and how to respond to email messages
  • Identify how to organise, store or delete email messages

Microsoft PowerPoint

Students will learn how to:

  • Input and combine text and other information within presentation slides
  • Use presentation software tools to structure, edit and format slides
  • Prepare slides for presentation

Microsoft Excel

  • Students will learn how to:
  • Use a spreadsheet to enter, edit and organise numerical and other data
  • Use appropriate formulas and tools to summarise and display spreadsheet information
  • Select and use appropriate tools and techniques to present spreadsheet information effectively

Microsoft Word

  • Enter, edit and combine text and other information accurately within word processing documents
  • Structure information within word processing documents
  • Use word processing software tools to format and present documents

All units will be assessed though the completion of an assignment set and marked by your college tutor.

Work Experience

There are no work expereince placements linked to this part time course.


This is an introductory course for beginners on completion of this qualification students can take the Intermediate Microsoft Office course.

The skills developed will provide students with the confidence to use the listed office software packages both in the workplace and at home.

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