Digital Skills Courses for Students

​Library & Information Services are pleased to offer Cardiff Met students a range of training courses that develop digital skills that are relevant to your studies and will prepare you for employment.

Successful completion of our Office courses lead to Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications. Technical training on topics such as web design and programming lead to Information Technology Specialist certifications, whilst our Digital Badges at Cardiff Met courses award digital badges that can be added to digital CVs (e.g. LinkedIn) to prove your skills to employers.

All of our training courses and qualifications are free to Cardiff Met students.


Digital Essentials: A digital skills induction (& re-induction) for students

The Digital Essentials induction explores the core digital skills students need to study at Cardiff Met. New Cardiff Met students should complete the induction to learn about the technologies and practices that will enable you to complete your studies remotely and in person.

Visit the Digital Essentials page to learn more about the induction process.

Digital Skills Framework

Cardiff Met's Digital Skills Framework provides an excellent opportunity to develop and prove digital skills that are most relevant to you

The framework is comprised of the Discovery Tool survey, a report that breaks down your strengths and areas for development, training courses and resources and certification options to prove your digital skills.

To get started, you can attend an Digital Skills Framework Introductory Session or use the Quick Start option.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) courses and qualifications

Our Microsoft Office Specialist family of courses develops and proves expertise in Office software. The courses provide comprehensive training on key features of Office and develop skills that you need not only for your studies, but also for employment. You will be able to prove those skills to employers by gaining a Microsoft Office Specialist qualification.

There are four specialist courses available to Cardiff Met students:

  • MOS Excel logo Microsoft Office Specialist Excel - Learn how to analyse, manipulate and present data in Excel. The course will give you the skills you need to master the principle features of Excel. The course uses Cardiff Met specific examples and exercises, together with official courseware from Microsoft to provide comprehensive resources for learning Excel.

  • MOS Word logo Microsoft Office Specialist Word - Learn how to structure and organise your Word documents. The course will give you the skills you need to layout your work professionally, with a particular focus on academic documents. The course will give you the confidence to use the full-range of Word tools you need for your studies or role at Cardiff Met .

  • MOS PowerPoint logo Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint - Learn not only the technical skills required to use PowerPoint productively, but also the design principles behind creating great presentations.  This comprehensive course explores the full range of PowerPoint features and will enable you to create slides to perfectly complement your presentations.

  • MOS Outlook logo Microsoft Office Specialist Outlook - Learn how to process your email, calendar and to-do list more efficiently. The course examines useful, but underutilised tools, such as Flags and Tags, Quick Steps and Search Folders that can help you to be significantly more productive when using Outlook.

Take a look at our Microsoft Office Specialist page to find out more about the benefits of MOS.


Advanced Microsoft Office Specialist training and certification

MOS Experts.pngDevelop advanced Microsoft Office knowledge and skills and prove that through a Microsoft Office Specialist: Expert qualification.

MOS Excel Expert, MOS Word Expert and MOS Access Expert courses and qualifications are now available to Cardiff Met students and staff, for free.

Visit the Advanced Microsoft Office Specialist training and certification page to find out more and sign-up.

Web Design Fundamentals course

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The Web Design Fundamentals course develops the skills you need to create, edit and style web pages. On completion of the course, you will be confident in the fundamentals of two key web technologies: HTML and CSS.

Whether you are looking to create your own website; perhaps a blog or a personal portfolio site, or if you are preparing yourself for employment by developing relevant digital capabilities, this course will give you the knowledge and skills you need. And you’ll have fun doing it!

The course leads to the Information Technology Specialist qualification for HTML and CSS. This certification provides proof that you are proficient in the fundamentals of front-end web design, a valued skill.

Information Technology Specialist - technical training and certification

Information Technology Specialist (ITS) qualifications are technical qualifications that prove your digital skills in a range of topics, including programming (Javascript, Python and Java), software development, database theory and practice, networking and artificial intelligence

In conjunction with our partners, we are able to offer Cardiff Met students and staff comprehensive LearnKey e-lessons and exams for each of the ITS qualifications, for free.

Visit the Information Technology Specialist training and certification page to find out more and sign-up.

Thinking Like a Programmer

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Thinking Like a Programmer is a new series that looks at how to create solutions using programming concepts and thought processes.

The series is for anyone who is interested in developing Power Automate flows (covered by the Streamlining Business Processes series, which this series synergises nicely with), learners enrolled on an Information Technology Specialist programming course or anyone who wants to learn a bit about programming!

Digital Badges at Cardiff Met courses

Cardiff Met's digital credentialing programme provides recognition and evidence of skills and achievements through secure and verifiable digital badges.

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Successfully completing a course and gaining a digital badge is proof to employers that you have developed the digital skills you claim. The current range of courses that lead to a Cardiff Met digital badge are:

Visit our Digital Badges at Cardiff Met page to find out more about the benefits of digital badges and how they work.

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There are two Microsoft Educator Programmes that prove digital skills and the ability to deliver innovative teaching on a range of topics using the latest Microsoft tools. Both programmes lead to Microsoft certification and are available to Cardiff Met students and staff for free.

Study Support Software training

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Study Support Training sessions help you make the most of some of the assistive software - such as ClaroRead, MindView and Learning Labs - that are available to Cardiff Met students and staff. The sessions available are:

  • MindView and ClaroRead training
  • Assistive features in Microsoft Office and Learning Labs
  • Daily Digital: MindView Tips - essay and presentation planning
  • Daily Digital: ClaroRead tips - proofreading

Digital Skills Moodle module and Microsoft Team

Digital Skills logo x1200.pngThe Digital Skills Moodle module contains training materials and resources to develop the digital capabilities that students need for their studies, research and future career, and that staff need for their role at Cardiff Met.

The Digital Skills Microsoft Team is used to host our training sessions and is a place for Cardiff Met students and staff to ask and answer questions that will help them build their digital capabilities.