Microsoft Office Specialist Excel for Students

​Learn how to analyse, manipulate and present data in Excel. The Microsoft Office Specialist Excel course will give you the skills you need to master the principle features of Excel. 

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) is a globally renowned Microsoft qualification programme that certifies expertise in Office software.  At Cardiff Met we have combined MOS qualifications with bespoke training to offer high quality, relevant training that enables you to prove your digital skills to employers.

Target Audience

​Cardiff Met students. (Staff course also available).


Some experience with Excel is recommended, but full training and resources will be provided.


The course and exam are free to Cardiff Met students, but places are limited.

Spring 2019 Cohort

Enrolment for the Spring 2019 cohort is now open to Cardiff Met students. 

Sign-up for the course by choosing one induction session then book in through MetHub (use your Cardiff Met username and password to sign-in).

Update 14/01/19: an additional session has been added. See below for sessions that have good availability. 

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I learned so many useful things - I always knew Excel was a powerful tool but being self-taught only knew the basics - I have used much of what I learned in my job

Course Structure

​The course begins with an Induction and Key Concept session. The sessions explain the resources available – a comprehensive e-learning course, practice projects, Microsoft textbooks and GMetrix practice software – and will set you off on your MOS Excel journey by exploring one of the core pillars of Excel: formulae and functions.

After the initial session, the remainder of the course will be delivered through e-learning, practice projects and additional Key Concept sessions.  Attendance at Key Concept sessions is optional, but recommended, as they explore principle features in detail and are an opportunity to get help from the course team (or we can be reached anytime through email or the MOS Yammer group).

Optional Key Concept 2 sessions will be held on Wed 6th February, 13:00 - 15:00 (Llandaff), Thu 7th February, 13:00 - 15:00 (Cyncoed) or Fri 8th February, 10:00 - 12:00 (Llandaff).  Key Concept 3 sessions will be held on 27th February, 13:00 - 15:00 (Llandaff), 28th February, 13:00 - 15:00 (Cyncoed) or Fri 1st March (Llandaff), 10:00 - 12:00.

The course concludes with the Microsoft Office Specialist exam; a 50 minute, computer assessed exam in which you have to complete several tasks on realistic Excel spreadsheets. There will be multiple exam sessions in weeks beginning 25th March, 1st April and 8th April. A "mock" exam session will be held in week beginning 18th March.

The amount of learning time depends on your current Excel knowledge, but as an estimate:

  • Classroom teaching: 2 - 6 hours
  • E-learning: 15 -20 hours
  • Practice projects and GMetrix exam practice: 5 - 9 hours
  • Certification exam: 50 minutes.
For a total of between 23 - 36 hours.

Upcoming Courses

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Specific Learning Outcomes

The key objectives for the course are listed below.  Click on each objective to find out the exact skills that will be developed:

View a PDF of the complete MOS Excel 2016 Exam 77-727 Objectives.


Candidates who successfully pass the exam (Excel 2016: Core Data Analysis, Manipulation, and Presentation) will gain the Microsoft Office Specialist Excel 2016 qualification.
You will receive:

  • a physical and digital certificate
  • a digital badge that can be used to share (e.g. on LinkedIn) and verify your achievement with employers
  • Microsoft Office Specialist is a verified Higher Education Achievement Report (replacement for academic transcript) activity that will appear in section 6.1 of the report; another means of proving to employers you have the skills you claim.

The course can also be used as evidence of your professional development for PDP modules.

Got a question?

See whether the MOS FAQs page answers it or find out more about MOS on the Microsoft Learning pages.  If not, get in touch with the IT Training team via email.