Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint for Students

​Learn the design principles and technical skills that are required to create great looking slides that complement your presentations.

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 PowerPoint is recommended, but full training and resources will be provided.



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


Sign-up - 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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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 PowerPoint journey by exploring the design principles and technical skills required to create great looking slides.

After the initial session, the remainder of the course will be delivered through e-learning, practice projects and an additional Key Concept session.  Attendance at the second Key Concept session is optional, but recommended, as it will 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 13th February, 13:00 - 15:00 (Llandaff) or Thu 14th February, 13:00 - 15:00 (Cyncoed).  

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 PowerPoint presentations. 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 PowerPoint knowledge, but as an estimate:

  • Classroom teaching: 2 - 4 hours
  • E-learning: 10 - 15 hours
  • Practice projects and GMetrix exam practice: 3 - 6 hours
  • Certification exam: 50 minutes.
For a total of between 16 - 26 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 PowerPoint 2016 Exam 77-729 Objectives.


Candidates who successfully pass the exam (PowerPoint 2016: Core Presentation Design and Delivery Skills) will gain the Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint 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.