Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Blended delivery

  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: October 2019
  • Study mode: Short Course (1 year)
  • Location: City Centre

This course provides self-paced blended learning with a requirement to attend in-person classes on alternate Saturdays over the duration of the course.

The course follows the Cisco Networking Academy Curricula for CCNA Routing and Switching (CCNA R&S), in preparation for taking the current CCNA R & S certification exam, the cost of which is included within the course fee.

What's covered in the course?

You will have access to the official Cisco Networking Academy online curricula and Packet Tracer network simulation software, and work through the e-learning material, completing the relevant practical and theoretical exercises provided. The course provides 24/7 access to the online material, which includes pre-recorded video tutorials and remote access to real networking equipment.

The course consists of four modules, each of which culminates in an online exam and practical test held at the University, for which you will receive a course completion certificate.

Why Choose Us?

The University is an accredited vendor certification centre, allowing students to sit the vendor certification exam required to become a full Cisco Certified Network Associate.

The fee for one attempt of the 200-125 certification exam is included within the price of each module, and practice certification exams are available via the Cisco Networking Academy, to allow you to practice remotely for the certification exam.

This course is open to International students

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Course Details

  • Award: CCNA Certification
  • Mode: Short Course
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Fees £1,200 per year, paid in two instalments of £800 and £400. No funding available. Course fee includes the certification exam.
  • Starting: 12 Oct 2019 – 25 July 2020

How to apply

For more information on this course, and to apply, contact Linda Palmer on:


Tel: +44 (0)121 331 7531

Entry Requirements

There are no required qualifications to enrol in CCNA Route & Switch, but knowledge of basic binary mathematics would be advantageous. Each CCNA module acts as a prerequisite for the next module, so the modules must be studied in order: Introduction to Networks, Routing and Switching Essentials, Scaling Networks and Connecting Networks.

The course covers the CCNA exam objectives using the Cisco Networking Academy Online curricula. The course is split into four modules which include theory and practical tests after each stage.

The CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum consists of four modules:

1) Introduction to Networks (ITN) is the first course in the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum, teaching you the architecture, structure, functions and components of the Internet and other computer networks. By the end of the course, you will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

2) Routing and Switching Essentials is the second course in the CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum, teaching you how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. By the end of this course, you will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with RIPv1, RIPng, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing.

3) Scaling Networks is the third course in the CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum, teaching you how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, you will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP.

4) Connecting Networks is the fourth and final course in the CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum. covering the WAN technologies and network services employed by converged applications in a complex network. By the end of this course, you will be able to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols.

The course prepares you to sit the CCNA certification exam. This exam tests your knowledge and skill in installing, operating, and troubleshooting a small to medium size enterprise branch network.

Assessment Methods

Each module is assessed through an online theoretical exam and practical skills based assessment (SBA). You must achieve 75% in each assessment in order to be awarded a Letter of Merit, and will receive a Cisco Networking Academy completion certificate at the end of each module after attempting both assessments, whatever your assessment grade.

Each CCNA module has optional online MCQ exams for each chapter, which provide formative feedback on your progress. These assessments are not compulsory, but provide invaluable practice for the compulsory final online assessment. These online chapter exams will be activated on the first day of the course, and will remain active throughout.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities. This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus.

As a student at the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you have access to networked laboratories equipped to industry standards and running the latest software, giving you the best possible introduction to the technologies you will encounter in the world of work.

Dedicated facilities are provided for systems analysis, computer networks, programming in a wide range of languages, artificial intelligence, modelling and visual programming, e-commerce and .net environments, and business intelligence, as well as supporting the application areas of mechatronics, games technology, electronics and computer forensics.

Computer networking

The laboratories are well-equipped for all our computer networking courses, as well as specialist areas for practical work such as voice-over internet protocol (VoIP), forensic and ethical hacking technologies, wireless and mobile technologies and radio frequency identification technologies to name but a few.

Software development and computer programming

There are a number of open access, software development and computer programming
laboratories that can be used to develop systems and programmes, including database management systems such as MySQL, to name but a few.

Systems laboratories

Our embedded systems laboratories are used to develop real-time systems, such as specialist hardware training and development resources, and industrial-standard software development and simulation tools. These include microcontroller software and robotics design and development, to name but a few.

Electronic Systems

Electronic systems

To underpin the basic principles of electronic systems, we have a well-equipped laboratory of general and specialist test and measurement kits, including powered prototyping development boards, dual power supplies, frequency generators and counters and digital multi-meters to name but a few.

Forensic computing

Our successful development of forensic computing has led to a specialist forensics laboratory that is fully equipped with essential hardware and software for this sensitive area of study. The laboratory includes high-spec PC’s with built-in multi interface Tableau write blockers, EnCase and FTK computer forensic software and steganography detection and analysis software, to name but a few.

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Course enquiries

For more information on this course, and to apply, contact Linda Palmer on:


Tel: +44 (0)121 331 7531