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The different Wise Owl courses for Excel explained

You can see our Excel courseware, exercises, venues and blogs at our main Excel training courses page.  This page shows you what our different Excel courses cover. 

Introduction to Excel

Our one-day introduction to Excel course will show beginners in Excel how to create basic spreadsheets like this:

Excel formatted spreadsheet

Learn how to create formulae in spreadsheets, and format them to look nifty! This course covers creating formulae, formatting spreadsheets, printing and creating basic charts.

Intermediate Excel

This one-day Intermediate Excel course picks up from where the introductory course finishes.  For example, you'll learn how to create, sort and filter tables:

Excel tables

This table is only showing certain dinosaurs, for example.

You'll also learn how to format and work with dates and numbers:

Date series

The course unravels the mystery behind Excel dates. All this, and much more besides! 

Advanced Excel

Our two-day Advanced Excel course aims to covers all of the useful features in Excel which a basic user could not be expected to stumble across.

The VLOOKUP function

One of the functions covered on our advanced two-day course: VLOOKUP.

The easiest way to get an idea of what's covered on this advanced Excel course is to have a look at some of the exercises.

Excel Business Modelling

As an alternative to our two-day advanced Excel course, we offer a two-day training course in creating robust financial models in Excel.

Although much of the content on this course is the same as for our advanced course, the modelling course is aimed at more proficient users of Excel.

The modelling course covers, among other things:



Range names

Everything there is to know about range names - the raison d'etre of the course!


How to apply consistent formatting easily to different parts of a model.


Not just the "easy" functions like IF and VLOOKUP, but also MATCH, INDEX, INDIRECT, SUMPRODUCT ... in fact, an example of every useful Excel function.

Short-cut keys

If you like short-cut keys in Excel, this is the course for you.

Excel Visual Basic for Applications

Finally, we offer two courses in Excel VBA: a two-day introductory course for most people, and an advanced course for experienced VBA programmers.  The enjoyable but challenging starter VBA course will teach you how to write (and understand) code like this:

Sub ScatterWombles()


'random coordinates to put Womble at

Dim RandomRow As Long

Dim RandomCol As Long


'dimensions of Wimbledon Common

Const MaxRows As Long = 100

Const MaxCols As Long = 100


'name of womble being blown about

Dim WombleName As String


'check macro not already run

If Range("A1").Value = "" Then

MsgBox "Already scattered!"

Exit Sub

End If




'refer to each of the cells in the range of Wombles

Dim WombleCell As Range


'set up reference to range of Wombles


Range(ActiveCell, ActiveCell.End(xlDown)).Select


'loop over each of these cells

For Each WombleCell In Selection


RandomRow = Int(Rnd() * MaxRows)

RandomCol = Int(Rnd() * MaxCols)


'cut the contents of this cell

WombleName = WombleCell.Value



'paste them into random cell

Cells(RandomRow, RandomCol).Value = WombleName


Next WombleCell


'say we've finished!

MsgBox "Oh dear! A strong gust of wind has scattered the Wombles all over Wimbledon common (otherwise known as your spreadsheet). See if you can find them all and tell Uncle Bulgaria where they are (using the immediate window, perhaps)."


End Sub

The advanced course will let you talk to other applications, work with tables of data in Access and SQL Server and create your own classes, among other things:

A Wise Owl class

A new WiseOwl class, with its own properties and methods.

You can see more about our VBA courses here.

We also offer a fast-track VBA course which combines the introductory course and most of the advanced one into a single three-day course.

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