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Through the Cisco Network Academy programme, students learn the information and develop the skills needed to prepare them for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) professional examination. This certification positions them for either immediate vacancies in the IT industry or for additional studies. The Cisco Network Academy Program is a complete program, divided into four semesters, on the principles and practice of designing, building and maintaining networks capable of supporting national and global organisations'. Cisco provides the coursework for a complete range of basic through advanced network concepts.

Course details

The curriculum is provided online, and available to all students who become part of the 'student community' - a sophisticated e-learning environment; however, the course is not provided on a distance learning basis, classroom attendance is required!

The course is offered over two years with two semesters per year, on a part-time basis (four semesters in total). Students who successfully complete the four Cisco semesters, will be given the option of taking the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) examination.

In the second semester, students will learn and develop practical skills in routing and switching essentials.

Semester 2. Routing and switching essentials.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Determine how a router will forward traffic based on the contents of a routing table
  • Explain how switching operates in a small to medium-sized business network
  • Configure monitoring tools available for small to medium-sized business networks
  • Configure initial settings on a network device
  • Configure Ethernet switch ports
  • Implement VLANs
  • Implement static routing
  • Implement DHCP on a router
  • Implement network address translation (NAT)
  • Implement access control lists (ACLs) to filter traffic
Entry guidelines

There are no formal entry requirements for this course but students are required to:

  • Demonstrate IT skills appropriate to the demands of the course
  • Demonstrate the ability to work at level 2 in English
  • Demonstrate the ability to read and synthesise technical information and follow technical instructions.
  • Satisfactory interview and assessment.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Additional Information

You will receive guidance and support during the Induction Programme to help you decide on the right choice of any additional studies.

Where can I progress to?

Progression to Semester 2 of the CISCO course and eventually to the CCNA exam.

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When does this course run?

  • Starts 19th Sep 2018 - Ends 06th Feb 2019 Ref C003K001

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £360.00

    Please note, there are no discounts for this course.

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2017-18. Course fees for 2018-19 will be confirmed in due course.

    Planned Timetable
    Day Times Campus
    Wednesday 18:30 — 21:00 12 Quays

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).