Microsoft Office Plus Diploma


This Diploma is designed for Individuals who wish to validate their skills using Microsoft Office applications.

Diploma Description

The use of technology is paramount to the efficiency and effectiveness of a business and having the right staff with the right skills ensures that the business is able to meet its objectives. Therefore, a total command of Microsoft’s universally accepted software is crucial; yet only a few take the time to learn it thoroughly and benefit from its full functionality.

This Diploma will give you both increased satisfaction and job prospects. Whether you have a little familiarity with some of the programs already, or are coming to them completely new, the values of learning how to use and control Microsoft applications properly is a skill that will last and with expertise in these packages, you will soon become a valuable asset to any employer.What’s more, it could increase your earnings potential and enhance your career prospects in today's competitive job market.

Learning Microsoft Office skills is easy with Pitman Training. Our tried and trusted methods are the best available. You will work at your own pace in our comfortable premises, helped by experienced tutors as required. You choose your own hours and keep the reference materials when the course is over.

On completion, you will receive a Pitman Training Diploma that is recognised nationally and internationally by employers. Successful completion of this Diploma will enable students to continue their studies to become Microsoft certified.

Core Subjects

Microsoft Word – Introductory and intermediate word processing skills to a good employable standard

Microsoft Excel – Introductory and intermediate spreadsheet skills to a good employable standard

Microsoft Access – Develop database skills from initial design stage to running reports and queries

Microsoft Outlook – Learn how to share, manage and schedule information electronically

Microsoft PowerPoint – Gain competency in creating slide presentations. Areas covered include formatting, inserting tables, pictures, sound, hyperlinks, applying transition and timing effects for a slide show

Elective Subjects - Choose TWO

Computer Keyboard Skills – Learn how to touch type accurately, using the correct keyboard technique. This will help to reduce the risk of RSI (repetitive strain injury).

Keyboard Skills Development – Develop your typing speed to improve productivity using graded copying exercises and time dictations. A number of stages are available of up to 70 wpm

Introduction to Computers – Learn Basic computer skills from using a mouse to file management; from the internet to email; from word processing skills to spreadsheet by studying either our Windows XP or PC Basics course.

Microsoft Excel Expert – Learn advanced spreadsheet skills, covering areas such as importing and exporting data, creating and using templates, linking workbooks, data management, using analysis tools and pivot tables.

Microsoft Word Expert – Learn advanced word processing skills including mail merge, creating graphs, creating and running macros, creating an index and table of contents to mention just a few.

Microsoft Publisher – Learn desktop publishing skills using this Microsoft programme. Create various publications, inserting text, pictures, frames and tables.

Office ...Fast! Modules 1-3 and 4-6 - To enable users to be confident in finding their way around the programs

Further Enhancements

Microsoft certification

Course Benefits

Equip you to start a new career

The flexibility and value of a self-study course designed to enable you to work at your own pace

Personalised workbooks to use as a reference guide on completion of your training

The opportunity to gain a Pitman Training Diploma that is recognised nationally and internationally by employers

On successful completion of this diploma, and after successfully achieving four of the following Microsoft courses and examinations: Word Expert, Excel Expert, PowerPoint, Access or Outlook, students are eligible to achieve Microsoft certification.

This Diploma gives give value of learning how to use and control Microsoft applications that will equip you for faster, more effective computer work in the office or at home.

Guideline Learning Time

5 weeks full-time* (140 hours flexi study)

* full-time is based on approx 20-30 hour week