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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 a pre-requisite! The course is offered over two years, two semesters per year, on a part-time basis. Student's who successfully complete the four Cisco semesters, will be given the option of taking the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) examination. In the First semester, students will learn and develop practical skills in networking fundamentals. Semester 1. Introduction to Networks.

  • Exploring the Network
  • Configuring a Network Operating System
  • Network Protocols and Communications
  • Network Access
  • Ethernet
  • Network Layer
  • Transport Layer
  • IP Addressing
  • Subnetting IP Networks
  • Application Layer
  • It's a Network
  • 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?

    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).

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