Microsoft Office Specialist Word

Learn how to structure and organise your Word documents. The course will give the confidence to use the full-range of Word tools you need for your studies or job role at Cardiff Met. Once you have developed your skills, prove it by gaining a globally renowned Microsoft Office Specialist qualification.

The course will give you the skills you need to layout and present your work professionally. The course is tailored to a Cardiff Met context, using examples and exercises that are relevant to students and staff with a particular focus on writing academic documents.

Read on for course details, or sign-up below

Sign-up: Full Course

The course consists of an induction, comprehensive e-learning and practice projects and optional Key Concept sessions. It culminates in the MOS Word exam. Estimated learning time: 18–24 hours.

There are 3 intakes a year - early October, early January and May to July.

To sign-up for the course, choose one induction option: an induction session or an Anytime Induction that is completed online when you wish. Learn more about an Anytime Induction.

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Sign-up: Key Concept Sessions

Key Concept sessions are optional. They explore some of the course material through worked examples and exercises. They are open to all students & staff regardless of whether you enrol on the full course. See a description of each session.

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Where and how to attend?

Sessions listed as Online (in the Campus column, above) will be held through a Microsoft Teams meeting. A link (URL) to the meeting and joining instructions will be sent after booking on a session. In person sessions will be held in a digital skills training room, see directions to our rooms.

Some sessions will be held in person and online, so ensure you choose your preferred booking type when signing-up. We recommend you attend these in person (if you can) but full support will be provided for those joining online.

Target Audience

Cardiff Met students or staff.


Some experience with Word 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.

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Really enjoyed the course, easy to navigate through and really chuffed to complete

Course Structure

The course begins with an induction - either an induction session or Anytime Induction. The induction explains the nature and structure of the course and the resources available – a comprehensive e-learning course, practice projects, Microsoft textbooks and GMetrix practice software.


The core of the course is the e-learning and practice projects. In complement to those, there are three, optional, Key Concept sessions. These sessions explore some of the more interesting and difficult topics through worked examples and practical exercises.

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 Word documents. The exams can be taken remotely, from your home.

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 Word knowledge, but as an estimate:

  • Induction: 1 hour
  • Key Concept teaching: 0 - 3 hours
  • E-learning: 12 - 13 hours
  • Practice projects and GMetrix exam practice: 4 - 5 hours
  • Certification exam: 50 minutes.

For a total of between 18- 24 hours.

Key Concept Session Details

Key Concept Session 1: Structuring your Documents

In this Word Key Concept session you will learn about the benefits of using headings, styles and sections to structure your documents appropriately. You will learn how to automatically create a table of contents and add appropriate page numbering.

Key Concept Session 2: References

This session explores inserting and managing references. You will learn how to use the reference tools in Word.

Key Concept Session 3: Graphics

This Key Concept session you will learn about using graphics effectively in your documents and how to insert and format images.

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Specific Learning Outcomes

The key objectives for the course are:

  • Manage Documents
  • Insert and Format Text, Paragraphs and Sections
  • Manage Tables and Lists
  • Create and Manage References
  • Insert and Format Graphics elements

View a PDF of the complete course objectives: MOS Word (Word and Word 2019) Exam MO-100 Objectives.


Candidates who successfully pass the exam (Exam MO-100: Microsoft Word (Word and Word 2019)) will gain the Microsoft Office Specialist: Word Associate (Word and Word 2019) 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

Next steps

MOS Expert and Associate.pngMicrosoft Office Specialist Word is a self-contained qualification proving you have mastered the principal features of Word, but there are six other qualifications in the Microsoft Office Specialist family. Cardiff Met offers training and qualifications for the four specialist courses and three expert courses.

If you gain multiple MOS certifications, you can become a MOS Associate or MOS Expert, proving your competence in the whole Office suite. Learn more about MOS Associate and MOS Expert.

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.