MTA Web Design Fundamentals

​Learn how to create, edit and style web pages. On completion of the course, learners will be confident in the fundamentals of two key web technologies: HTML and CSS. The course leads to a Microsoft Technology Associate qualification, which provides proof that you are proficient in the fundamentals of front-end web design.

Whether you are looking to edit web content – such as Moodle modules, SharePoint intranet sites, blogs or e-lessons – or create your own website from scratch, having a solid understand of HTML and CSS will help to make your pages look great. And you'll have fun doing it!

Read on for full course details, or sign-up below


The course consists of an initial Induction and Key Concept session, comprehensive e-learning and practice projects, more (optional) Key Concept sessions and culminates in the MTA exam. Estimated learning time: 33–60 hours.

To sign-up for the course, choose one initial Induction and Key Concept session:

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Target Audience

​Cardiff Met students or staff.


A good level of general ICT proficiency is required, e.g. ability to manage files, use a web browser. No experience with creating or editing web pages is required.


The course and exam are free to Cardiff Met students and staff, but places are limited.

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Course Structure

The course is delivered over the course of the Autumn and Spring terms 2019/20. The Autumn Term explores HTML, the markup language used to structure web page content. The Spring Term focuses on CSS, which is used to style web pages.

The course begins with an Induction and Key Concept session. The session explains the resources available - a comprehensive e-learning course, practice projects and GMetrix practice software - and will set you off on your web design journey by introducing HTML.

After the initial session, the remainder of the course will be delivered through e-learning, practice projects and additional Key Concept sessions.  Attendance at Key Concept sessions is optional, but recommended, as they explore principle features in detail and are an opportunity to get help from the course team (or we can be reached anytime through email or the MTA Yammer group).

The optional Key Concept sessions in the Autumn Term will be held as follows. Key Concept 2: Wed 30/10/2019 15:00 – 17:00 or Fri 01/11/2019 10:00 – 12:00. Key Concept 3: Wed 20/11/2019 13:00 – 15:00 or Fri 22/11/2019 10:00 – 12:00. 

The optional Key Concept sessions in the Spring Term will be held as follows. Key Concept 4: Wed 15/01/2020 13:00 – 15:00 or Fri 17/01/2020 10:00 – 12:00. Key Concept 5: Wed 05/02/2020 13:00 – 15:00 or Fri 07/02/2020 10:00 – 12:00. Key Concept 6: Wed 26/02/2020 13:00 – 15:00 or Fri 28/02/2020 10:00 – 12:00

The course concludes with the Microsoft Technology Associate exam: a 45 minute, computer assessed multi-choice exam. There will be multiple exam sessions in weeks beginning 23rd March, 30th March and 6th April. "Mock" exam sessions will be held in week beginning 16th March.

Visit our Microsoft Technology Associate page to find out more about MTA and the benefits of a MTA qualification.

The amount of learning time varies from person to person, but as an estimate:

  • Classroom teaching: 2 - 12 hours
  • E-learning: 18 - 27 hours
  • Practice projects and exam practice: 12 - 20 hours
  • Certification exam: 45 minutes.

For a total of between 33 - 60 hours.

Upcoming Courses

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Specific Learning Outcomes

The key objectives for the course are:

  • Understand HTML Fundamentals
  • Understand CSS Fundamentals
  • Structure Documents Using HTML
  • Present Multimedia Using HTML
  • Style Web Pages Using CSS

View a PDF of the complete MTA Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSS Exam 98-383 Objectives.


Candidates who successfully pass the exam (Microsoft Exam 98-383) will gain the Microsoft Technology Associate: Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSS qualification. You will receive:

  • a physical and digital certificate
  • a digital badge that can be used to share (e.g. on LinkedIn) and verify your achievement


Got a question?

See whether the Certification FAQs page answers it, or find out more about MTA on our Microsoft Technology Associate page.  If you still have questions, get in touch with the IT Training team via email.