Access 2013 Essentials

By the end of this two-day course, you will be confident in using the essential features of Access to create and alter simple relational databases. This course is for anyone who has never used Access before (or any other database package).

Delegates must be confident in using Windows and a mouse and at least one other Windows package (for example Word or Excel).

Available for Private and Tailored group events

This course is run privately for groups or 1-2-1 Coaching sessions

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Course Location

Happy HQ, 3rd Floor, 9 Alie Street, London E1 8DE – or your workplace

Course Requirements

Delegates must be confident in using Windows and a mouse and at least one other Windows package (for example Word or Excel). This course is designed for PC users of Access 2013. It is also available for users of Access 2007/2010 – please ensure you attend the course that is appropriate for your version of Access.

What You Will Learn

In particular you will be able to:

  • Understand what a database is for and when you need one
  • Find and amend information
  • Extract specific information from your database. For example, show only the organisations with more than 1000 employees
  • Understand when you need more than one table in your database and create tables that link together
  • Create a list of choices to choose from when keying in information
  • Create a user friendly form to use for keying information in across different tables
  • Create reports for the information you extract to provide professional looking output
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Day 1

Session 1

What is a Database; What is Access; Looking at a sample Database; Working with Tables; Finding and Changing Records in a Table.

Session 2

Creating Queries and Using Criteria; Editing your Query; Sorting.

Session 3

Database Design; Introduction to Relationships; Creating a New Database; Creating and Editing Tables; Lookup Fields.

Session 4

More Table Design; Relationships between Tables.

Day 2

Session 1

Creating Forms with the Form Wizard; Editing Forms.

Session 2

Main and Sub Forms.

Session 3

Report Wizard; Editing Reports; Sorting and Grouping; Mailing Labels.

Session 4
Queries on more than one Table.


The course will run from 10am to 4:45pm (light cold buffet 1pm to 1:45pm). Please be careful to arrive by 9.45am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 30 minutes late you may be asked to leave and attend another day.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.


We want everyone to go away from our courses feeling as though they have learnt useful, practical skills that they can use straight away when they go back to work.

If you don’t feel that your training has been useful or if you are unhappy in any way, please just get in touch with our Customer Services team within 30 days of the course. We will be happy to offer you additional support and training free of charge to help you to gain the skills you need, or if you’d prefer, a full refund.

Your Course Trainers

Ed Lepre

Ed Lepre

Ed is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and has worked at Happy for over 12 years. Although he trains the full suite of MS Office and non-Office packages at all levels, his favourite package is Excel. A previous winner of the prestigious Learning and Performance Institute's 'Learning Professional of the Year' award, as well as other training accolades, he is also the IT Helpline Manager.

Rachael Worrall

Rachael Worrall

Rachael is the IT Product Development Manager, as well as being our Lead IT Trainer. She is responsible for making sure all our courses are of the highest quality.

Paul Wherly

Paul Wherly

Paul trains on Microsoft products both on the Mac and PC platforms including VBA. Paul has trained with Happy since "the dawn of MS-DOS when formulas ruled the earth."

Kristina Kendall

Kristina Kendall

Kristina is an associate IT Trainer, she’s been training for 8 years and working for Happy since 2015. She provides training mainly on Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Her favourite package is Excel; she loves to show people shortcuts and quicker ways of working.