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Get a digital refresh.

Within the next two decades, 90% of jobs will require some level of digital proficiency, while the shortage of technical skills continues to grow. However, while there's a growing need for digital skills, our own research and experience has highlighted an increasing cloud skills gap.

To ensure everyone in the UK can upskill and reskill, Microsoft is committed to offering digital skills courses from basic digital literacy through to advanced cloud technology skills.

Start your digital journey

Understand the basics of computing

These courses will help with your digital literacy, so you can begin computing with confidence. We'll give you some practical tips, so you can stay safe online, increase your productivity, and use technology to complement your lifestyle.

Module 1 - Computer basics

Computing is an important part of everyday life in the twenty-first century. From music and photos to banking and communicating, computers have changed the way we work and live. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of computing, explains the components of a computer, explores operating system basics, and shows you how to use a mouse and a keyboard.

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Module 2 - Office 365

Understand the fundamentals of Office 365 and how you can use it to be more productive. We'll share some practical tips that you can use to take your work to the next level. We'll show you how to create and format Office files, best practices for document collaboration and how you can access your files from anywhere.

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Module 3 - Word

In this course we'll show you how Word can bring your ideas to life with collaboration, editing tools and design. We'll show you some practical tips to help you share documents, create mailing lists and use design templates to format your work.

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Module 4 - Excel

Excel makes it easy to crunch numbers. In this course we'll show you how to use Excel to identify trends in data and understand the story behind the numbers. We'll share some practical tips around formatting your data, using formulas and collaborating with others, all whilst keeping your data secure.

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Module 5 - Outlook

Outlook is more than just email. In this course, we'll show you how to automatically organise your inbox, so you can focus on what matters most. We'll share some practical tips to share files, so recipients always have the latest version, and best practices for managing your calendar so you can schedule meetings with ease.

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Module 6 - PowerPoint

In this course we'll help you bring your story to life with PowerPoint, whether you're creating a presentation from scratch or using an existing design template. We'll show you how to add engaging content to your presentation, how to design like a professional and best practices for collaborating on documents with your team.

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Module 7 - Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams brings together all people, conversations, files and tools into one place. In this course, we'll help you understand the fundamentals of Microsoft Teams so you can work smarter together as a team.

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Module 8 - LinkedIn

These courses will enable you to leverage the power of the LinkedIn platform, teaching you how to create a great profile, grow your network and search for new jobs.

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Develop your cloud skills

Understand how technology can help you

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Business Leader

We'll help you understand the fundamentals of the cloud, what is means for your role and how to begin the transition. If you're responsible for productivity and transformation, then you'll find this particularly useful. No IT or technical knowledge is required.

IT Professional

Whether you're beginning your journey to the cloud already, or if you have experience with on-premise technology and are looking to skill up on the cloud, this course is a great way to get started and learn the essentials.

Charity Leader

Technology uncovers lots of exciting opportunities for charities to accelerate their impact. To achieve your mission, it's essential to have a basic understanding of technology, and to embed digital in your strategic planning.

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Transform industry outcomes

Explore what the cloud can do for your business

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The students of today need the skills of tomorrow. The cloud helps schools create engaging classrooms, improve collaboration, facilitate communication, and provide vital skills students need to succeed. Explore how you can use the cloud to empower your teachers and students.

Financial services

Global digitisation and unprecedented changes to business models is causing transformation in the financial services. In order to stay competitive, financial institutions need to re-imagine the customer experience, optimise operations, and turn data into insight while staying secure and compliant. Learn how you can embrace new business models through the cloud that combine agility and security, all while keeping trust at the centre.


Meeting the demands of the public in today's digital world is fundamental, especially within central and local government. To thrive, whether behind the scenes or public facing, adopting the right technology is important for processing the demands of the public. The cloud helps all departments work smarter, increases communication and improves collaboration, saving time. Find out how you can use the cloud to empower your organisation.


Technology has the power to make a real difference to people's lives. However, it's important to ensure security and compliance stays at the forefront of our minds. The cloud leverages a secure end-to-end foundation for healthcare organisations to communicate, collaborate, store and ingest sensitive data. Uncover how you can provide transparent and personalised healthcare easily and securely with the cloud.


In order to keep up with a tech-driven world, manufacturers need to engage more deeply with their customers and find ways to improve operational efficiency. To remain competitive, manufacturers need to continue to innovate and create new streams of revenue, all while ensuring they protect their IP. Find out how you can use the cloud to improve brand loyalty and operations, all while staying secure.


Today's shoppers have developed a new standard of behaviours, preferences and expectations for all of their retail experiences. Responsible with meeting these elevated needs, retailers seek to overcome the hurdles of legacy technology and captivate each of their customers on a 1:1 basis. Explore how you can leverage the cloud to deliver a personalised shopping experience for every customer.

Showcase your expertise

Become a Microsoft Office Specialist

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is the world's most recognised qualification to prove your skills and abilities in Microsoft's Office applications.

Earning MOS certification can help you differentiate yourself in today's competitive job market. It helps broaden employment opportunities by proving that you have advanced skills in Microsoft Office, which can result in higher earning potential. By becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist, you'll get immediate access to a digital certificate and transcript, as well as the MOS logo to put on your CV and digital badges for your LinkedIn profile.

Microsoft Office Specialist - Word
Microsoft Office Specialist - Excel
Microsoft Office Specialist - PowerPoint

MOS certification is available for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access, helping you validate core skills in Office applications. You can also become a Microsoft Office Specialist Expert for Word and Excel, depending on your skillset.

Why should you become a Microsoft Office Specialist?

91% of hiring managers consider certification as part of their hiring process

135,000 jobs listed on require Microsoft Office as a primary skill

85% of supervisors say Microsoft Office Specialists are more productive because of their certification

Contact our skills and certification partner Prodigy Learning to learn more about becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist.

Become a Microsoft Certified Professional

The Microsoft Professional Programme was created to help people gain technical skills and get real-world experience through a series of online Microsoft courses that feature hands-on labs and expert instructors. Learning these skills - and proving you have them - could put you on the path to a rewarding career.

These courses are all available on-demand, so you can work on these skills at your own pace. Once you've completed the final project, you'll earn an accreditation to showcase your skills to prospective employers.

Data Science

Opportunities for data scientists are rapidly growing in response to the vast amounts of data being captured and analysed. Companies hire data scientists to find insights and to solve meaningful business problems.

Take the Data Science course

Big Data

Data is being collected at ever increasing rates and is on its way to becoming the currency of the next generation of business. This is making it critical for companies to find people who can design the systems that capture, process and analyse data to create competitive advantage.

Take the Big Data course

Front-End Web Development

The code for every website and web application was written by a front-end web developer. Fluent in languages, standards, libraries, and frameworks from HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, to Angular, Bootstrap, and jQuery, these experts are essential for creating and maintaining websites.

Take the Front-End Web Development course

Cloud Administration

As companies move to the cloud, the need for cloud skilled professionals continues to rise. Companies need people with a range of skills; from automation of deployments and workloads, to managing security and compliance.

Take the Cloud Administration course


To enable companies to be more agile, the lines between development and operations are becoming increasingly blurred. Learn how to react to changing market conditions through continuous integration and deployment.

Take the DevOps course

IT Support

The help desk is the front line of engagement for customers when problems arise. With the IT Support track you'll learn a wide range of skills to diagnose, troubleshoot, and solve customer issues.

Take the IT Support course