Office Apps

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 230 Conc £0 Full £665

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Monday 18:00 - 20:30 20 MAC 13/01/2020 20/07/2020 JS2100

What will the course cover?

We will cover the three main application in Microsoft Office, using Word to create simple documents, creating simple slide shows using PowerPoint, and the basics of using Excel to work with data. We will consider how to use all these different features of Microsoft Office to increase personal productivity.

Who is the course for?

Have you ever wondered how to make Microsoft Office do more for you – at home, in your leisure time or in the office? Come along and find out with us!

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

Some basic computing knowledge is essential - You should be comfortable with the basics of word processing, and have some basic abilities in saving, navigating folders and files.

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

Word - Format documents in different ways, e.g. enter text, edit and format, work with tables and images, proofread and amend, print. Excel – Identify the components of a spreadsheet, Enter data into a spreadsheet, Perform basic mathematical tasks in a spreadsheet (e.g. Sum, Average, Min, Max), Insert charts in a spreadsheet, Use the options available to print a spreadsheet in two ways (e.g. print a selection, use gridlines, display formulae). PowerPoint - Create slides with different layouts, backgrounds and animations; use transitions; insert and manipulate text and graphics; Add graphics and multimedia to a presentation; produce a slide show on a topic of your own choice; Use the options available to print presentations in different formats in a presentation programme.

How is the course organised?

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 should read recommended books and websites, and practice the topics covered during the class each week – 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?

Informal and formal feedback on tasks will help you decide what else you need to learn or practise. The tutor may provide homework or specific tasks to assess your progress. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress through the class. You will work on a project for each application that will be submitted for the qualification.

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

You may want to go on to other Microsoft Office courses or consider gaining a qualification, such as Functional Skills or ECDL. Ask your tutor for more details.

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

A pen and notebook, a file folder to store handouts, and a USB key so you can take your work home with you to continue it there (your tutor can give you advice on purchasing USB keys). You may benefit from investing in a guide book to supplement your learning such as: Office 2016 in Easy Steps by Michael Price (ISBN 9781840786507) Office 2016 All-In-One For Dummies by Peter Weverka (ISBN 1119083125) Office 2016 Simplified by Elaine Marmel (ISBN 1119074746) If you are comfortable using the Internet, the Microsoft website has a wide range of beginners to advanced online courses in using their 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 ( 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 (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.