Microsoft Office Specialist Excel

​​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. Once you have developed your skills, prove it by gaining a globally renowned Microsoft Office Specialist qualification.

Demonstrations and practice exercises use Cardiff Met spreadsheets and scenarios, such as exports from Qualtrics, Moodle data and Business Objects reports. This means staff should be able to easily apply what they have learnt to their role at Cardiff Met and students will get real-world experience of how to use Excel.

COVID-19 - Flexible learning course structure

For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, this course will run as a flexible e-learning course. Learners will have access to all the resources needed to develop their skills, and they will have the opportunity to sit the exam and gain the MOS qualification. The following adaptions to the course will be in place:

  • The initial induction session will be held online through a Microsoft Teams meeting or learners can complete an anytime-induction process.
  • E-lessons and practice projects continue to form the core of the course, as normal.
  • Panopto video recordings of Key Concept sessions will be available.
  • Tutor (and peer) support will be facilitated by the MOS Yammer group.
  • MOS exam sessions will be scheduled as soon as is practically possible when university operations return to normal (i.e. when campuses open for face-to-face learning).

Read on for full course details, or sign-up below


The course consists of an initial Induction and Key Concept session, comprehensive e-learning and practice projects, more (optional) Key Concept sessions and culminates in the MOS Excel exam. Estimated learning time: 23–36 hours.

To sign-up for the course, choose one initial Induction and Key Concept session:

Sign Up>>MOS Excel - Anytime Induction10/08/2020 12:0010/08/2020 12:01Online

Target Audience

Cardiff Met students or staff.


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


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

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 session explains 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. Tutor (and peer) support is available through the MOS Yammer group.

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.

Visit our Microsoft Office Specialist page to find out more about MOS and the benefits of a MOS qualification.

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

Sign Up>>10/08/2020 12:00

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 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
  • students only - 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 Certification FAQs page answers it, or find out more about MOS on our Microsoft Office Specialist page.  If you still have questions, get in touch with the IT Training team via email.