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Microsoft Office Specialist Course

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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....

  • Level Short Course
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City Centre
  • Award N/A
  • Start date May 2022, June 2022, July 2022, August 2022
  • 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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Our brand new £70 million pound building, STEAMhouse, will become the new home for the School of Computing and Digital Technology from the start of the 2022 academic year.

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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 

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Fees & How to Apply

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

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 standards.

Microsoft Word

The skills covered as part of the Microsoft Word course are as follows:

  • Create and manage documents (25-30%)
    • Create a document
    • Navigate through a document
    • Format a document
    • Customize options and views for documents
    • Print and save documents
  • Format text, paragraphs, and sections (25-30%)
    • Insert text and paragraphs
    • Format text and paragraphs
    • Order and group text and paragraphs
  • Create tables and lists (20-25%)
    • Create a table
    • Modify a table
    • Create and modify a list
  • Create and manage references (5-10%)
    • Create and manage reference markers
    • Create and manage simple references
  • Insert and format graphic elements (20-25%)
    • Insert graphic elements
    • Format graphic elements
    • Insert and format SmartArt graphics

Microsoft Excel

The skills covered as part of the Microsoft Excel course are as follows:

  • Create and manage worksheets and workbooks (30-35%)
    • Create worksheets and workbooks
    • Navigate in worksheets and workbooks
    • Format worksheets and workbooks
    • Customize options and views for worksheets and workbooks
    • Configure worksheets and workbooks for distribution
  • Manage data cells and ranges (15-20%)
    • Insert data in cells and ranges
    • Format cells and ranges
    • Summarize and organize data
  • Create tables (15-20%)
    • Create and manage tables
    • Manage table styles and options
    • Filter and sort a table
  • Perform operations with formulas and functions (10-15%)
    • Summarize data by using functions
    • Perform conditional operations by using functions
    • Format and modify text by using functions
  • Create charts and objects (15-20%)
    • Create charts
    • Format graphic elements
    • Insert and format objects

Microsoft PowerPoint

The skills covered as part of the Microsoft PowerPoint course are as follows:

  • Create and manage presentations (30-35%)
    • Create a presentation
    • Insert and format slides
    • Modify slides, handouts, and notes
    • Order and group slides
    • Change presentation options and views
    • Configure a presentation for print
    • Configure and present a slide show
  • Insert and format text, shapes, and images (20-25%)
    • Insert and format text
    • Insert and format shapes and text boxes
    • Insert and format images
    • Order and group objects
  • Insert tables, charts, SmartArt, and media (20-25%)
    • Insert and format tables
    • Insert and format charts
    • Insert and format SmartArt graphics
    • Insert and manage media
  • Apply transitions and animations (10-15%)
    • Apply slide transitions
    • Animate slide content
    • Set timing for transitions and animations
  • Manage multiple presentations (5-10%)
    • Merge content from multiple presentations
    • Finalize presentations

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. Terms and Conditions related to the course can be found here.

Facilities & Staff

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Our Facilities

As a student in the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you will have access to our labs, software, professional sound studios, computer games labs and industry-standard facilities to develop your practical skills in audio, video and multimedia application development, content creation and more.

We are currently undertaking a £340 million investment programme in our facilities, including a major expansion of our City Centre Campus. This includes our brand new £70 million development, STEAMhouse, which will be the new home to Computing and Digital Technology students. This state-of-the-art centre will give you access to outstanding facilities and equipment, as well as opportunities to collaborate with businesses across multiple sectors and work on real industry-based projects.

Our facilities in Millennium Point have undergone a £6.5million investment with a new maker area, engineering labs/equipment and IT equipment.

Thanks to our partnerships with Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, Juniper, SAS and LPI you will have access to the latest technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice. Our students also have access to software such as the Adobe Suite including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

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


Tel: +44 (0)121 202 8563