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Part 1 is designed for those who wish to learn how to use this powerful spreadsheet program. You will learn the key concepts and techniques necessary to work with Excel’s most commonly used features and functions.

Part 2 is for those who are proficient with the basic concepts and features of Excel and wish to increase their productivity and enhance their spreadsheet skills using Excel’s intermediate and advanced-level features.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 34 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date
Study Type
In centre, online, or a combination
Training Type
34 hours (each part)

About This Course

Microsoft Excel is the world’s most popular spreadsheet program; learning how to use the software with Pitman Training shows that you’ve taken one of the best Excel courses available.

Our Microsoft Excel course is very flexible – you will have the freedom to take the Excel lessons at your own pace, based at one of our handy town or city centre locations, with support on hand should you need it.

This Excel course comprises several lessons, which provide a detailed but manageable study programme, so you can be confident about your new skills in the workplace.

Having completed your Microsoft Excel course, you could add Microsoft PowerPoint and Word to your list of achievements. Or you could give your career a serious boost by completing one of our highly respected diplomas, in Bookkeeping or Microsoft Office, which could help maximise your career potential.

Comprising ten lessons this course covers areas such as creating worksheets, formatting text, simple and complex formulas; handling rows and columns, autocomplete, using styles, headers and footers, average, max and min functions and using charts.

Below is a break down of the lessons included in the Excel course:

Part 1

Module 1: Introduction to Excel

The Excel 2019 Window; Mouse Basics in Excel; Backstage View

Module 2: Creating Workbooks

Entering Text and Numbers; Creating Basic Formulas; Relative References; Order of Operations; Working with Ranges

Module 3: Saving and Sharing Workbooks

Saving a Workbook; File Extension; Sharing, Exporting, and Publishing Files

Module 4: Navigating Workbooks

Opening Files; Working with Larger Files; Creating Freeze Panes; Split Screen

Module 5: Page Setup and Print Options

Headers and Footers; Print Titles; Working with Comments; Page Setup Options; Printing Workbooks

Module 6: Working with Rows, Columns, and Cells

Adding and Deleting Rows, Columns, and Cells; Changing Column Width and Row Height

Module 7: Moving Data

Cut, Copy, and Paste; Copying Formulas

Module 8: Formulas and Functions

Overview of Formulas; Creating Formulas Using Functions; Using Absolute Values

Module 9: Working with Sheets

Adding, Deleting, Renaming, and Grouping Sheets; Additional Sheet Tab Options; 3-Dimensional Formulas

Module 10: Formatting Worksheets

Formatting Cells; Formatting Numbers; Borders and Shading; Formatting a Range of Cells as a Table; Using Styles and the Format Painter; Protecting Sheets; Using the Fill Handle and Creating Custom Lists

Part 2

Module 1: Using Charts

Creating Charts; Types of Charts; Editing Charts; Using Graphics to Enhance Charts; Linking Chart Titles; Creating Sparklines

Module 2: Working with Names

Creating Range Names; Managing Names; Using Names in Formulas

Module 3: Sorting and Filtering Data

Removing Duplicate Rows; Sorting Data; Filtering Data; Using Advanced Filters

Module 4: Outlining and Subtotaling Data

Creating an Outline; Adding Subtotals

Module 5: Working with Views

Arranging Files; New Window Feature; Custom Views

Module 6: Linking Files

Creating Formulas Between Files; Working with Links; Consolidating Data

Module 7: Advanced Formula Creation

Using IF Statements; Using Functions to Look Up Data; Working with Data Validation; Formula Auditing; Using the Watch Window

Module 8: Overview of PivotTables and PivotCharts

PivotTables; PivotCharts; Slicers

Module 9: Customizing Excel

Excel Options; Customizing the Ribbon; Modifying Workbook Properties

Module 10: Additional Excel Features

Text to Columns; Conditional Formatting; Hyperlinks; the Spell Checker and Translate Features; Quick Analysis Tool; the Document Inspector; Import Data from a Text / CSV File

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Aims and Objectives

Microsoft Excel is one of the most commonly used spreadsheet program, whether used in businesses for customer data and accounting purposes or at home for household budgets. Having proven skills in this software will demonstrate to employers that you have had practical, hands-on experience and give you full confidence in your ability to navigate your way around the software with ease.

If you are looking to gain a qualification, this course is designed to prepare you for the City & Guilds Spreadsheet Processing Techniques Intermediate Exam, MCAS test and ECDL Advanced Spreadsheet exam.


There are no pre-requisites required for this course.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

Microsoft Excel is used across a wide range of job roles; learning this spreadsheet program will demonstrate your commitment to continuing professional development and help towards your career progression opportunities. Your new skills with the software will make your work more efficient and more valuable to employers.

What's the Difference?

We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs.

Our courses are practical in nature and focus on a single subject and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Diplomas are designed to give you a complete skillset mapped to a specific career path and contain a number of core and elective courses.