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Cisco Networking Essentials (NE) Blended Delivery

  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: May 2021
  • Study mode: Short Course (3 months)
  • Location: City Centre

Studying with us in 2020/21

While the majority of our teaching will be carried out face-to-face this year, you will be taught as part of a blended learning approach. This means that you will have a mix of on-campus and online learning. Find out more about learning and teaching in 2020/21.

As digital technology becomes essential to every part of the global economy, the demand for innovative, tech-savvy people keeps growing. Networking Essentials introduces you to the networking concepts that underlie the digital economy. It is ideal as an entry point for many careers.

This course provides self-paced blended learning with a requirement to attend in-person classes for three days in total over the duration of the course.

This course requires attendance at BCU on the following dates:

  • 21 May 2021
  • 18 June 2021
  • 31 July 2021

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 a single module, culminating in an online exam and practical test held at the University, for which you will receive a course completion certificate

Students who successfully complete the course and decide to enrol in the next scheduled Cisco CCNA Route and Switch course will receive a discount of £100 on their CCNA course fees.

This course is not open to International students

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Course Details

  • Mode: Short Course
  • Duration: 3 months
  • Fees: £150 (£100 refundable if you subsequently enrol in CCNA within the current academic year).

How to apply

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

Entry Requirements

Basic PC proficiency and basic maths skills.

On this course, you will learn how to plan and install a network using real equipment and connect it to the internet. Activities include:

  • Practise verifying and troubleshooting network and internet connectivity.
  • Learn how to recognize and mitigate security threats to a home network.
  • Configure common internet applications, set up sharing between computers, and configure basic IP services.
  • Get immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and tests.
  • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

The course provides you with the basic skills required to set up and maintain a small computer network. it also offers a comprehensive introduction to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Route and Switch Course, which provides a path to achieving internationally recognised vendor certification.

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.

More on our facilities

Course enquiries

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


Tel: +44 (0)121 331 7531