Diploma in Microsoft Excel

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Microsoft Excel can be incredibly powerful in the right hands however often it is more than a little daunting. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel is often crucially required for gaining employment and most roles require a working knowledge. The purpose of this course is to bring the student on a journey from basic level Excel use all the way through the most advanced charts, graphs, look ups and much much more. Read More

Your Tailored Online Diploma in Microsoft Excel

The beauty here is the way the content is presented, in bite size chunks, which can be looked up at ease, almost like a video dictionary for Excel – practical convenience.

Interactive downloadable workbooks ensure all points are grasped in real time.

We feel that there is no other qualification currently available which will provide the depth of knowledge that the Shaw Academy will bring to the subject. This, coupled with our unrivalled student support, ensures that this learning experience will be second to none


  1. Modules presented by highly qualified instructors with decades of professional experience
  2. Diploma includes over 100 course topics, delivered in video format – making it the most comprehensive Excel Programme available today
  3. Learn at your own pace - all lessons can be accessed from any device – study 24/7 anytime anywhere at your convenience
  4. Practical downloadable workbooks and exercise available throughout which will refine your skills
  5. Completely suitable for all levels – from complete beginner to Excel master

What is Excel? How to open and close Excel and a basic overview of Spreadsheet software.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Introducing Microsoft Excel
• Starting Microsoft Excel
• Understanding spreadsheets
• Understanding the Excel window
• Understanding the workbook window
• Using the Ribbon
• Using the Quick Access Toolbar
• Getting help on Microsoft Excel
• Exiting Microsoft Excel
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

What are Workbooks and Worksheets? How they work and what they assist with.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Creating and Saving Workbooks
• Creating a new workbook
• Saving a workbook
• Auto-saving your work
• Closing a workbook
• Opening a workbook
• Moving the cell pointer
• Moving around a worksheet
• Entering text 5 Entering numbers
• Entering dates and times
• Using the Zoom tool
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

Module 3:

How to alter Workbooks and make changes to the data held within them.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Editing Workbooks
• Selecting ranges of cells
• Editing cell contents
• Clearing cell contents
• Copying cell contents
• Moving cell contents
• Inserting and deleting cells
• Inserting columns and rows
• Deleting columns and rows
• Copying cells with AutoFill
• Inserting cell comments
• Checking your spelling
• Finding and replacing data
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

How to perform and generate different basic calculations upon data within Workbooks.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Performing Simple Calculations
• Introducing formulae
• Totalling columns and rows
• Calculating with formulae
• Calculating averages
• Find the highest & lowest values
• Understanding cell referencing
• Using explicit values in formulae
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

Changing the format of Worksheets by editing Fonts, Colours and other factors.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Formatting Worksheets
• Formatting with font and colour
• Formatting numbers
• Formatting dates and times
• Copying and pasting formatting
• Adjusting column widths and row heights
• Aligning cell contents
• Indenting and rotating cell contents
• Merging cells
• Adding borders, colour and shading
• Using styles
• Using document themes
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

Printing Worksheets and changing options to find the most efficient print formats.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Previewing and Printing Worksheets
• Previewing the worksheet
• Preparing pages for printing
• Creating headers and footers
• Specifying the print area and titles
• Controlling page breaks
• Printing a worksheet
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

How to manage a multitude of similar or related Workbooks to make storing and saving more effective.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Managing Workbooks
• Switching between worksheets
• Renaming worksheets
• Moving and copying worksheets
• Inserting and deleting worksheets
• Referencing external data
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

Using data stored in Workbooks and Worksheets to generate a wide array of charts to view data more efficiently.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Creating Charts
• Creating new charts
• Moving and resizing charts
• Using predefined layouts and styles
• Selecting and changing chart elements
• Changing the chart type
• Adding another data series
• Naming data series
• Formatting and aligning titles
• Controlling gridlines
• Controlling axes
• Adding borders and colour
• Working with 3-D charts
• Updating the data series
• Previewing and printing charts
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

A more complex look at the variety of available functions and formulae.
Topics covered in this module include:

• More Functions and Formulae
• Naming cells and ranges
• Common worksheet errors
• Displaying and printing formulae
• Using the COUNT function 5
• Using the IF function
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

How to generate and run Macros to make workflow more quickly and smoothly.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Automating Your Work with Macros
• Recording a macro
• Replaying a macro
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

Using Data from a variety of external sources and how to effectively import it into Excel.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Importing Data
• Importing from text files
• Importing from Microsoft Access
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

How to generate tables and use the versatile range of options to filter and view the data.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Working with Tables
• Sorting a table of records
• Filtering a table of records
• Subtotalling a table of records
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

Viewing data within a Workbook more efficiently by changing the format and additional formatting options.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Creating and Formatting Data
• Combining cell contents
• Using conditional formatting
• Creating a custom number format
• Creating a custom date format
• Creating and applying a style
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

Adding external or internal content to enhance Workbooks.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Creating and Formatting Content
• Inserting clip art
• Inserting graphics
• Moving graphics
• Resizing graphics
• Formatting graphics
• Creating and modifying diagrams
• Moving and resizing diagrams
• Formatting diagrams
• Annotating a chart
• Filling data series with pictures
• Changing the chart type
• Manipulating pie charts
• Selecting and saving a chart template
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

Using the Thesaurus and Research options to highlight and correctly collate external sources.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Using the Research Tool
• Using the Thesaurus to find synonyms
• Using research services
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

How to set Validation to ensure that errors are not introduced into a Workbook.
Topics covered in this module include:

• Validating Data
• Using totals as visual checks
• Using formulae for automatic checks
• Using the Range Finder
• Auditing a worksheet
• Using error checking
• Watching and evaluating formulae
• Exercise / Solutions
• Summary

Assessment is continuous throughout the programme. Assignments will be a mix of both written and practical work. The entire programme is over 8 hours in duration, with each module taking approximately 30 mins to complete including exercises. The course is delivered “on demand” which means that you can learn at your own pace!

All courses at Shaw Academy are independently accredited by an internationally recognised body for CPD purposes. This course is also accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which is an independent body that ensures qualifications are in line with the most current professional standards.
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