Excel Made Easy

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 107 Conc £41 Full £249 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Wednesday 18:00 - 20:00 10 MAC 26/09/2018 12/12/2018 JS1250
Wednesday 18:00 - 20:00 10 MAC 01/05/2019 10/07/2019 JS3250

What will the course cover?

We will consider a variety of general and business situations, discuss how Excel can be of use to us and learn the new tools we need.

Who is the course for?

Have you ever wanted to explore what Excel can do for you – at home, in the office, in your own small business? Come along and find out with us!

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

You should be comfortable with the basics of computer use, such as inputting text and values with 100% accuracy, saving your work to a variety of drives, managing your folders and files – creating, retrieving, moving, copying, renaming and deleting them, printing your work and sending and receiving emails with attachments.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Enter and edit data, employ fill series, use AutoSum, print data and formulas create conditions, apply conditional formatting, distinguish relative, absolute, and mixed cell referencing, work with longer spreadsheets and multisheets – rename sheets, copy between sheets, add headers & footers and page numbers, freeze panes - create formulas using more than one sheet or book, generate simple charts, sort and filter data, trace errors and ensure protection.

How is the course organised?

Through explanations, tasks, demonstrations, discussions, and lots of hands on practice.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To gain the maximum benefit, you will need to practice every week the topics covered during the class, complete and submit all homework set and read recommended books and websites – the more you practice, the faster your skills will improve! Computer access is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth Centre, or at your local library.

How will my progress be assessed?

By informal feedback, but tasks will help you decide what else you need to learn or practice. The tutor will provide specific tasks to assess your progress. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress through the class.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

You may want to go on to other Excel courses. We have two further 5-week courses where you can learn more about managing and analyzing your data. Ask your tutor for more details of these courses.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Each week you should have with you a pencil/pen and a notebook, a folder to store your work and handouts, and a USB key, so you can take your work home with you to continue it there and then bring it back to share with us. (Your tutor can give you advice on purchasing USB keys.) You may benefit from investing in a guide book to supplement your learning – ‘Excel 2016 in Easy Steps’ by Price & McGrath (ISBN 1840786515) is a good basic book to help you develop your skills, but it is only one among many, as a look at Amazon shows. The Microsoft website has a great deal of clearly set out information about Excel and a wide range of beginners to advanced online courses on using this software.

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley (sean.buckley@lbhf.gov.uk) to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (hfals.co.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.