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The college is open, and we are still accepting full-time applications for 2020-2021. Hygiene measures are in place to make the college as safe as it can be for our learners, staff and guests.

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Business & Accounting

Do you have what it takes to be the next Elon Musk, Mary Barra or Gabe Newell? Business is big in the UK with around 5.7m private sector businesses producing a turnover of £1.9 trillion each year. As James Dyson said: “Business is constantly changing, constantly evolving.”

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Course Overview

You will spend 2 very practical days with a qualified Microsoft Expert Master watching demonstrations and then completing tasks to learn the various tools and techniques. The course will cover many features and functions in Excel such as the 'IF' statements and how to use conditional formatting to highlight trends in data. It also covers the importance of data validation and using validation to restrict access to cells, rows and columns.

Absolute referencing will be explained, and methods discussed on how to deal with this particular problem. You will learn to work with multiple sheets and use the 3D sum function.

Other topics covered include:
- Refresher on Autosum Functions & Formatting
- Absolute Cell References
- Importing external data
- Count functions - COUNTIF, SUMIF
- Using the IF function
- Working with Multiple Sheets
- Referencing between Sheets
- Working with Data Lists - sorting, filtering and sub-totalling
- Named Ranges
- Conditional Formatting
- Data Validation
- Error Messages

Entry Requirements

Basic knowledge and understanding of Excel required. You should be able to create a simple spreadsheet and use the AutoSum features. If you don't feel able to do this, enrol on the Level 1 Spreadsheet Unit, this will give you the introduction and basics you require.

After Your Course

The course aims to provide you will the confidence and the knowledge to move on to the Advanced Excel, although we do usually recommend that you leave yourself enough time to practice and build on your current skills before embarking on to the Advanced Excel. Please note the Advanced Excel Course is a 1 day course and does not have a City & Guilds qualification at this point in time.



Course fees are per year. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

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Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700.

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