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Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Blended delivery

  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: October 2021
  • Study mode: Short Course (1 year)
  • 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.

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 v7 in preparation for taking the current CCNA 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 three 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 200-301 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 not open to International students
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Cisco Networking Essentials

Cisco Networking Essentials course acts as an introduction to Cisco CCNA, providing you with the basic skills required to set up and maintain a small computer network.

Students successfully completing the course and enrolling in the CCNA course within the same academic year will receive a £100 discount on their CCNA course costs.

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Course Details

  • Award: CCNA Certification
  • Mode: Short Course
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Fees £1,250 per year, paid in two instalments of £800 and £450. No funding available. Course fee includes the certification exam.
  • Starting: 9 Oct 2021 – 4 June 2022

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 v7, 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 (ITN, SRWE, ENSA)

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

1) CCNAv7: Introduction to Networks (ITN): introduces the architectures, models, protocols, and networking elements that connect users, devices, applications and data through the Internet and across modern computer networks - including IP addressing and Ethernet fundamentals. By the end of the course, students can build simple local area networks (LAN) that integrate IP addressing schemes, foundational network security, and perform basic configurations for routers and switches.

2) CCNAv7: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials (SRWE): focuses on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium business networks and includes wireless local area networks (WLAN) and security concepts. Students learn key switching and routing concepts and can perform basic network configuration, troubleshooting and mitigation of LAN security threats.

3) CCNAv7: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation (ENSA): describes the architectures and considerations related to designing, securing, operating, and troubleshooting enterprise networks. This course covers wide area network (WAN) technologies and quality of service (QoS) mechanisms used for secure remote access along with the introduction of software-defined networking, virtualization, and automation concepts that support the digitalization of networks. Students gain skills to configure and troubleshoot enterprise networks, and learn to identify and protect against cybersecurity threats.

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