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!

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

Sign-up: Full Course

The course consists of an induction, comprehensive e-learning, practice projects and optional Key Concept sessions. It culminates in the MTA exam. Estimated learning time: 33–60 hours.

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.

Summer 2021: MTA courses are running as flexible learning courses over the summer period. Given this, no Key Concept sessions will run, but recordings of these will be available. See Course Structure for more details.

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The sessions 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.

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 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, exam practice questions and a personal project.

The core of the course is the e-learning and practice projects. In complement to those, there are six, 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 Technology Associate exam: a 45 minute, computer assessed multi-choice exam. The exams can be taken remotely, from your home.

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

Summer 2021: MTA courses are running as flexible learning courses over the summer period, meaning you can study at your own pace. Enrolment will open in May and remain open until July. Exam sessions will be held in June and early September. There will be no Key Concept sessions (as these are optional), though recordings of these will be available.

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

  • Induction: 1 hour
  • Key Concept teaching: 0 - 12 hours
  • E-learning: 19 - 27 hours
  • Practice projects and exam practice: 12 - 20 hours
  • Certification exam: 45 minutes.

For a total of between 33 - 60 hours.

Key Concept Session Details

Here's a few details of the Key Concept sessions.

  • Key Concept 1: Introduction to HTML - introduces the HTML markup language that is used to structure web page content.
  • Key Concept 2: Organising Content and Multimedia - explores how to structure content using pages, hyperlinks, comments and tables, and how to add multimedia content to your pages.
  • Key Concept 3: Semantic Elements and Forms - explains how semantic elements can be used to add meaning to parts of your pages and how to use forms to capture data from your users.
  • Key Concept 4: Introduction to CSS - CSS - Cascading Style Sheets - the language that is used to style web pages is introduced.
  • Key Concept 5: CSS Structure - the structure of CSS is explored more fully, you will learn when to use the three different types of styles, what pseudo classes are and how to use CSS to position content.
  • Key Concept 6: More Selectors and Responsive Design - explores more CSS selection methods, such as how to select an element only when a specific class is applied and the descendant selector. The concept of responsive web design is introduced and basic techniques are explored.

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.