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Microsoft Office Specialist Course

Digital literacy is a key part of the global economy, and Microsoft Office is one of the most globally recognised and in-demand skills. This Microsoft Office Specialist course introduces you to the fundamental concepts that will develop your skills to enhance your employability....

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.

Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Award N/A
  • Start date November 2021
  • School School of Computing and Digital Technology
  • Faculty Faculty of Computing, Engineering and The Built Environment


Digital literacy is a key part of the global economy, and Microsoft Office is one of the most globally recognised and in-demand skills. This Microsoft Office Specialist course introduces you to the fundamental concepts that will develop your skills to enhance your employability.

This course provides an in-person learning approach with a requirement to attend classes for two days in total (or equivalent) over the duration of the course.


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This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

You will have access to the Microsoft Official Academic Courseware (MOAC) curricula, and will receive in-person training from our Microsoft Certified Trainers. There will be a blend of taught material, practical exercises and directed study. In addition, you will be able to undertake an official practice test through GMetrix software.

The course consists of two days covering the Microsoft Office Specialist objectives, culminating with an opportunity to sit the official MOS Exam in the relevant software and gain an industry recognised certification.



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Saturdays: 9AM-5PM (with 30 minute lunch break) 

Evenings: 5:30PM-9:30PM 

Fees & How to Apply

Course Details 

Mode: Short Course 

Duration: 2 Days 

Fees: £500 per 2 day course 

This fee includes access to Microsoft Official Courseware in the relevant product, 1 x Official GMetrix Practice Exam Voucher and 1 x Official Microsoft Office Specialist Exam Voucher. 


How to apply 

Applications are submitted through a two stage process.  

  1. Please complete the MS Forms to apply for your chosen course. You must complete the form with as much detail as possible to enable you to be registered as part of the course. The registration form can be found here.

  1. You must pay the course fee via our BCU Store. The course payment page can be found here.

Entry Requirements 

Basic PC proficiency 

Note, if you wish to revise or complete your practice test at home, the following will also be needed: 

A PC or laptop capable of running the following: 

GMetrix practice tests, requirements here.

A copy of Microsoft Office 2016 installed to complete lab tasks 

Course in Depth

On this course, you will develop your understanding in the areas of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to meet the requirements for Microsoft Office Specialist standardsAreas covered include: 

  • Word – Creating and managing documents; formatting text, paragraphs and sections, creating tables, lists and references, and managing graphic elements 

  • Excel – Create and manage worksheets and workbooks, manage data cells, ranges, tables, charts and objects, and using formulas and functions 

  • PowerPoint – Create and manage presentations, insert and format text, shapes, images, charts, tables, SmartArt and media, apply transitions and animations, and manage multiple presentations 

  • Get immediate feedback on your work through class walkthroughs and examples 

For more information, the full Microsoft Office Specialist objectives can be found here:  

The course provides you with the skills required to develop your understanding in the above areas to meet Microsoft’s rigorous standards for certification. You will be able to take practice tests in your own time, with support from instructors. 

You will receive a certificate for your participation. In addition, as part of this course you will receive a free exam voucher to take the chosen exam - 77-725, 77-727 or 77-729. The exams can be taken as part of the course on the final day or taken in your own time.  

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Facilities and Staff

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities. This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus.

As a student at the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you have access to networked laboratories equipped to industry standards and running the latest software, giving you the best possible introduction to the technologies you will encounter in the world of work.

Dedicated facilities are provided for systems analysis, computer networks, programming in a wide range of languages, artificial intelligence, modelling and visual programming, e-commerce and .net environments, and business intelligence, as well as supporting the application areas of mechatronics, games technology, electronics and computer forensics.

Computer networking

The laboratories are well-equipped for all our computer networking courses, as well as specialist areas for practical work such as voice-over internet protocol (VoIP), forensic and ethical hacking technologies, wireless and mobile technologies and radio frequency identification technologies to name but a few.

Software development and computer programming

There are a number of open access, software development and computer programming
laboratories that can be used to develop systems and programmes, including database management systems such as MySQL, to name but a few.

Systems laboratories

Our embedded systems laboratories are used to develop real-time systems, such as specialist hardware training and development resources, and industrial-standard software development and simulation tools. These include microcontroller software and robotics design and development, to name but a few.

Electronic Systems

Electronic systems

To underpin the basic principles of electronic systems, we have a well-equipped laboratory of general and specialist test and measurement kits, including powered prototyping development boards, dual power supplies, frequency generators and counters and digital multi-meters to name but a few.

Forensic computing

Our successful development of forensic computing has led to a specialist forensics laboratory that is fully equipped with essential hardware and software for this sensitive area of study. The laboratory includes high-spec PC’s with built-in multi interface Tableau write blockers, EnCase and FTK computer forensic software and steganography detection and analysis software, to name but a few.

More on our facilities


For more information on this course, contact Liam Matthews-Dibbins


Tel: +44 (0)121 202 8563