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.

Our public dates for this course are in the classroom and online, via Live Online Learning. Our classroom dates are currently listed at a special launch price (as shown, no discount code required). 

Course Overview

  • Standard Price

    £255*
  • Public Sector Price

    £210*
  • Charity Price

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

    1 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

This Excel Core Level 1 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 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

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

 

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.

Which Excel course is right for you?

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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, 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

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, our friendly team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can call us 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.