Beginner Excel Core Level 1

This beginner Excel course is for anyone who has never used Excel before (or any other spreadsheet package) or those who have some experience editing data but are not confident creating calculations (including ones that use fixed figures like VAT) and charts.

We are currently only holding our public programme online, delivered as Live Online Interactive Learning via GoToTraining. We are able to offer classroom sessions for private bookings only — please get in touch for availability.

Course Overview

  • Standard Price

    £255*
  • Public Sector Price

    £210*
  • Charity Price

    £180*
  • *per person, excluding VAT
  • Duration

    0.75 day
  • Class size

    8 approx.
  • Location

    Online
  • Requirements

    Learners must be confident using a mouse and keyboard, and creating and saving documents. If you are not confident with these skills, please see our IT Essentials course. If language is proving a barrier to participation learners may need the support of a smaller group or one to one. 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

Due to COVID-19, our public programme is currently only being held online through our Face-to-Face Live Online learning sessions. We have had to adjust the course content slightly so it can be delivered online — please see below for the updated course outline.

However, we are now able to offer classroom training sessions for private bookings. Please get in touch for more information, pricing and availability.

 

What you will learn

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

  • Create, save, close, open and print spreadsheets
  • Insert and delete rows or columns in your spreadsheet
  • Get Excel to add up numbers automatically
  • Formatting your numbers to look nice
  • Copy formulas in your spreadsheet whilst keeping one of the cell references constant
  • Lock the headers on screen for large Excel databases
  • Sort large databases into order and filter to show only the data you need
  • Alter the look of the numbers and text, add comments, lay out text with merged cells and wrapped text, use cell styles, change the layout for printing.
  • Add colour to highlight numbers through conditional formatting
  • Visually represent numbers and text as a chart in your spreadsheet, to make them stand out and easy to understand

Course Timetable

This is a full-day course consisting of three 90-minute live online sessions with independent work and breaks inbetween. Please ensure you block out the whole day in your diary to get the most impact from your learning.

Session 1: Creating a simple spreadsheet that contains some basic formulas

  • Navigating the Excel screen, mouse shapes, creating a spreadsheet
  • Row/Column insertion and deletion
  • Good Spreadsheet Design (Empty row before totals, don’t put a number in a formula, move from left to right)
  • Using the Sum feature
  • Copying Formulae with Autofill
  • Using Number Formatting
  • Using Absolute Cell Referencing to refer to fixed figure in a formula

Session 2: Working with long lists of data

  • Freeze panes
  • Print Preview Page Setup Options e.g. Orientation, Headers and Footers
  • Excel database sorting
  • Excel database filtering

Session 3: Data Visualisation

  • Conditional Formatting 
  • Identifying some different chart types 
  • Creating a Chart using the Keyboard 
  • Working with different Chart Layouts and Styles

What you will learn

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

  • Create, save, close, open and print spreadsheets
  • Insert and delete rows or columns in your spreadsheet
  • Get Excel to add up numbers automatically
  • Copy formulas in your spreadsheet whilst keeping one of the cell references constant
  • Sort large databases into order and filter to show only the data you need
  • Alter the look of the numbers and text, add comments, lay out text with merged cells and wrapped text, use cell styles, change the layout for printing.
  • Visually represent numbers and text (as a chart) in your spreadsheet, to make them stand out and easy to understand

Course Timetable

Session 1

  • What is a Spreadsheet
  • Entering Text and Numbers
  • The Mouse keeps Changing Shape
  • Saving a Spreadsheet
  • Creating a sequence with the Autofill feature
  • Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns
  • Comments; Cell Styles.

Session 2

  • Creating Formulas
  • Using the Sum feature
  • Copying Formulas with Autofill
  • Number Format.

Session 3

  • Using Absolute Cell References to refer to fixed figures in formulas
  • Good Spreadsheet Design.

Session 4

  • Using Excel as a database
  • Freeze panes
  • Printing the first row
  • Sorting
  • Multi-level sorting
  • AutoFilter
  • Custom Filters.

Session 5

  • Print Preview
  • Page Setup for Printing
  • Headers and Footers.

Session 6

  • Conditional Formatting
  • Types of Charts
  • Creating Charts using the Keyboard
  • Chart Layout
  • Chart Styles

 

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.

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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, 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 either install GoToTraining on their machines or use the Web App in a browser (either Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are supported). Full technical requirements are on the GoTo websiteYour 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 GoTo correctly. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals.

Your active participation is expected: everyone will be heard and seen throughout, just as they would be if we were in a room together. To be heard, hear and seen you will need a microphone, speakers and camera – if you have a modern laptop that’s all you will need. Remember, you’ll need a quiet place to call from and a decent internet connection is a must.

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

For classroom sessions

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.

We have made our training centre as safe as possible. You can learn more about what measures we have put in place on our Terms and Conditions page. We may need to cancel these dates if government advice changes or if there is not enough demand — in these instances we will host the session online, with the same date and timings.

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

Due to current government guidelines we have temporarily closed our training centre in London. All of our staff are now working remotely, and all classroom training has been postponed while we await further guidance.

We have a fantastic range of interactive webinars delivered by our experienced facilitators, Live Online Learning. We offer both shorter, 1.5-2 hour sessions that focus on a particular skill, as well as full-day sessions. You can see details of our online public programmes for our IT Skills here and our Leadership and Personal Development sessions here. We can also adapt any of our existing classroom sessions into webinar format for you.

For the latest government guidance, please visit the gov.uk website.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will advise all clients if the situation changes.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to arrange some online training, our friendly team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can leave a message on 020 7375 7300 or email us at hello@happy.co.uk.

 

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...

...we also have a range of higher level courses in Excel?

These range from intermediate to expert, covering pivot tables, formulas and functions, as well as specialised programmes such as Excel Without Maths and business-oriented data analysis.  

Intermediate Excel Core Level 2 to teach you time-saving techniques including Conditional Formatting, range names and formulas such as Average, Min, Max and Count IF. Find out more.

Advanced Excel: Analysing Excel Data for Better Business Decisions to enable you to use Excel to quickly and effectively analyse data. Find out more.