Advanced Excel Core Level 3

If you use Excel for budgets, timesheets, reports or other data that needs calculating, this one-day course will improve your ability to organise and analyse data. You will take functions further and be able to make them more powerful by nesting them. You will also learn ways to represent your data in a visual and readily understandable chart.

Our public dates for this course are in the classroom and online, via Live Online Learning. This course is also available for private group bookings for your organisation — please contact us for availability, pricing and customisation options.

Course Overview


  • Standard Price

  • Public Sector Price

  • Charity Price

  • *Per person, excluding VAT

  • Duration

    1 day
  • Class size

    8 approx.
  • Location

    Interactive online sessions delivered via Zoom. The link is sent to you after booking.


    Public classroom sessions are held at 3rd Floor, 9 Alie Street, London E1 8DE

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  • Requirements

    Learners must be confident creating formulas that use Absolute Cell References ($ to fix cell references), Named Ranges and more complex functions like IF. If you’re not confident with those, look at our Excel Core Level 2 course. This course will be taught in the latest version of the software. We can train this in older versions if needed – please get in touch for more information and availability.

Course Overview

This Excel Core Level 3 course can be held either in the classroom or online as Live Online Learning. The outline for both formats is the same, however the classroom session offers more time with the trainer to work on exercises, ask questions and complete activities.

What you will learn

By the end of this advanced one-day Excel course, you will be able to:

  • Create Partial Absolute Cell References to lock just the Column or just the Row reference in a formula
  • Move around a spreadsheet speedily using range names and use them in formula to improve accuracy and readability
  • Input accurate data entry by using Data Validation. e.g. a dropdown list to choose from to avoid errors
  • Use the table tools and calculate within a table
  • Advanced Conditional Formatting – using ‘If Formulas’ to format cells other than the one that contains the value you are testing
  • Create calculations based on single or multiple conditions. For example, calculate a discount for those over a specific age or ordering a high volume (IF with AND and OR)
  • Use IFERROR to tidy up your results
  • Cross reference data using an Hlookup or Vlookup function. For example, look up the council tax band for different households.
  • Use Formula Auditing tools to check for errors and make nested formulas easier to fix


Session One: Range Names and Nesting Functions (including new functions for 2016 and later)

  • Partial Absolute Cell References
  • Data Validation
  • Nesting Logical Function: IF, AND, OR, IFs, MINIFS, MAXIFS

Session Two: Lookups

  • Range Names
  • Nesting COLUMN and/or ROW function to make your Lookup autofillable

Session Three: Using more Excel functions

  • Conditional formatting using a formula, including using IF and conditional formatting for RAG
  • Table Tools

Please Note: The trainer will prioritise content according to the needs and pace of the group, so there may be topics which are left to the end which will be covered if there is time.

Which Excel course is right for you?

Making sure you’ve booked the right course isn’t always easy.

Luckily we have a handy survey to help you decide.

And if you’re still unsure, call our friendly team on 020 7375 7300 and we’ll help you work out what you need.

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Group Learning Events

If you have three or more learners, a private group course could be cheaper.

We can tailor the content to your team, and host the training remotely, at your workplace or here at Happy's HQ in Aldgate, Central London.

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In this short video, Rachael explains how Happy makes our Live Online Learning IT programmes just as interactive and engaging as our classroom sessions.

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See our available course dates below, or contact us for bespoke options.

First, choose your delivery style — live online learning or in the classroom (at Happy's HQ in London).

The Small Print

For Live Online Interactive Learning sessions (webinars)

The course will run remotely for a full day consisting of three 90-minute live online sessions with independent work in between. 

All learners will need to install Zoom on their machines. Full technical requirements are on the Zoom website. Your link will be included in your joining instructions once you have booked your place — if you haven't received this email then please contact our team.

Learners should log into the training session 10 minutes before the start time to ensure that they have downloaded and set up Zoom correctly. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals.

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

For classroom sessions

All public classroom sessions take place at Happy's HQ in London at Robert Dolan House, 9 Alie Street, London E1 8DE. Please see our Contact Us page for full directions and a PDF map.

The course will run from 10am to 4:45pm (lunch is served 1pm to 1:45pm — we offer a choice of 3 cold bowl dishes). 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.

The happy Guarantee

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 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.

Coronavirus Update

We are monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic closely and are following all current Government guidelines. Please see our Coronavirus Policy for more details and the latest information.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact our friendly team, available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.


Your post-course support package

  • Included in the price of both online and classroom programmes
  • 2 years of free access to our IT Helpline
  • Unlimited access - call or email our team as often as you need
  • Ask about any content covered on your course

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Did you know...

...there are so many Excel functions that will make your job more efficient?

These include V/HLOOKUP, IF, COUNTIF, SUMIF functions and so much more. How to use dynamic VLOOKUP with MATCH function is also covered in Excel Core Level 3 course. 

If this isn't what you're looking for, we also run a range of specialised Excel courses. Take a look at the courses below:

Analysing Excel Data for Better Business Decisions to enable you to quickly and effectively analyse data by using techniques such as interactive Dashboards, Conditional Formatting and Pivot Tables. Find out more

Excel Without Maths to explore several cool Excel features that will help make Excel better and more efficient for you, all without having to use formulas! Find out more