MTA Web Design Fundamentals

​Learn how to create, edit and style web pages. On completion of the course, learners will be confident in the fundamentals of two key web technologies: HTML and CSS. The course leads to a Microsoft Technology Associate qualification, which provides proof that you are proficient in the fundamentals of front-end web design.

Whether you are looking to edit web content – such as Moodle modules, SharePoint intranet sites, blogs or e-lessons – or create your own website from scratch, having a solid understand of HTML and CSS will help to make your pages look great. And you'll have fun doing it!

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 MTA 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 MTA Yammer group.
  • MTA 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 MTA exam. Estimated learning time: 33–60 hours.

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

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Target Audience

​Cardiff Met students or staff.


A good level of general ICT proficiency is required, e.g. ability to manage files, use a web browser. No experience with creating or editing web pages is required.


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

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Course Structure

The course begins by exploring HTML, the markup language used to structure web page content. The second part of the course focuses on CSS, which is used to style web pages.

The course starts with an Induction and Key Concept session. The session explains the resources available - a comprehensive e-learning course, practice projects and GMetrix practice software - and will set you off on your web design journey by introducing HTML.

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 MTA Yammer group

The course concludes with the Microsoft Technology Associate exam: a 45 minute, computer assessed multi-choice exam.

Visit our Microsoft Technology Associate page to find out more about MTA and the benefits of a MTA qualification.

The amount of learning time varies from person to person, but as an estimate:

  • Classroom teaching: 2 - 12 hours
  • E-learning: 18 - 27 hours
  • Practice projects and exam practice: 12 - 20 hours
  • Certification exam: 45 minutes.

For a total of between 33 - 60 hours.

Upcoming Courses

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Specific Learning Outcomes

The key objectives for the course are:

  • Understand HTML Fundamentals
  • Understand CSS Fundamentals
  • Structure Documents Using HTML
  • Present Multimedia Using HTML
  • Style Web Pages Using CSS

View a PDF of the complete MTA Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSS Exam 98-383 Objectives.


Candidates who successfully pass the exam (Microsoft Exam 98-383) will gain the Microsoft Technology Associate: Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSS 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


Got a question?

See whether the Certification FAQs page answers it, or find out more about MTA on our Microsoft Technology Associate page.  If you still have questions, get in touch with the IT Training team via email.