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Introduction to Microsoft Excel

This course is suitable for complete beginners to Microsoft Excel and those with limited experience. 

We will walk you through the basic elements of Excel and there will be plenty of time to practice your new knowledge and ask questions.  

This interactive and practical course introduces beginners to the software and explains how it can be used to enhance your work.

This course is ideal for learners and refreshers as it covers all the basic elements of Excel in a practical, hand on format, allowing you time to practice the techniques in the session. By the end of the course, learners will be able to format a spreadsheet for printing, create charts, use basic functions effectively and start to analyse data.

This training will be in person at OCVA. 

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will be able to

  • Have a good working knowledge of Excel basics
  • Open and navigate workbooks
  • Enter and edit labels and values
  • Modify your worksheet: move and copy data, insert and delete ranges, format rows and columns
  • Merge cells, format text and justify data to be able to create tables that look how you want them to
  • Use built-in templates, Format Painter and AutoFormat
  • Understand and be able to build simple calculations and formulae
  • Know how to use Freeze Panes and hide data
  • Prepare to print using setup options, page break previews and print multiple sheets.

Trainer details

Gary Gibbs has had a varied career and is an experienced trainer, having trained people in health and safety, databases, consumer driven product development and food science.

Gary started his career as a research and development scientist using excel extensively for data analysis and reporting.

Having later moved into the food industry he used excel for business analysis combining large data sets to do commercial analysis on how the company’s products were performing in the marketplace.

Most recently he has created spreadsheet to mail merge invoices, track projects and imported research questionnaires into online applications for use in clinical trials.

He loves a spreadsheet!

Benefits to you

You will leave the session with some practical tools to ensure you have the ability and confidence to use spreadsheets effectively within your work.

Who should attend?

This session is appropriate for any staff, volunteers or trustees.

You will need to bring a laptop or tablet to use during the session. 

Tuesday 19th September 2023

9.45 am arrival for tea, coffee and networking for a 10.00 am start. The workshop will finish by 1.00 pm. There will be a short break halfway during the session.

You will need to bring a laptop or tablet to use during the session. 


  • £35 per person for OCVA Members
  • £50 per person from a charitable organisation who are not OCVA members
  • £65 per person from a non-charitable organisation

Course Venue 
OCVA, The Old Mortuary,
Floyd’s Row,
Oxford OX1 1SS

01865 251946

Please note there is no parking at OCVA.

Details of getting into Oxford by bus, cycle, car or train can be found here: https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20012/parking_and_travel

Access on road is via Speedwell Street (a one-way system).



Please note there are two steps to this process and both steps of the process will need to be completed to secure your place.

  1. Complete the Google bookings form and register your details
  2. Make payment via PayPal within two working days of registering for the course. We’re using PayPal for this event. Select ‘pay with a debit or credit card ‘ if you don’t have a PayPal account (there’s no need to sign in to PayPal). If you require an invoice, please email training@ocva.org.uk

Step 1:

Step 2:

Choose payment type:

£ 35.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Charitable Organisations*
£ 50.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Non charitable rate
£ 65.00
  • Pay with PayPal
Course details at a glance

Date: Tuesday 19th September 2023
Time: 9.45 am – 1.00 pm
Cost: £35 – £65

Course venue

OCVA, The Old Mortuary,
Floyd’s Row,
Oxford OX1 1SS

01865 251946

Access on road is via Speedwell Street (a one-way system). Please note there is no parking at OCVA.

Enquiries contact

When contacting us please state the name of the course your correspondence is in relation to.

Email training@ocva.org.uk or call us on 01865 251946

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