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CISCO Academy CCNA Part 3: Scaling Networks

This is one of a set of four professional courses that will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to be able to sit the following industry recognised certification exams. CCNET: Cisco Certified Network Entry Technician (ICND1) CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) or ICND1 + ICND2 CCNET (ICND1) can be taken after the successful completion of the first two units. On successful completion of the last two units the ICND2 exam can be taken.


Entry requirements

You do not need any qualifications or experience to start any of these courses. However a prior knowledge of some aspects of computing or networking would be desirable. If you have no computing background you should consider alternative introductory courses prior to applying.

Course content

You will need to complete all four courses (CCNA Parts 1-4) to become a full CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA). In addition we also offer the CISCO Network Security and Wireless Networking courses. Each course gives you a hands-on introduction to the networking technologies that are driving businesses today. Particular emphasis is given to using decision-making and problem solving techniques in the application of science, mathematics, communication and social studies concepts to solve networking problems. You will learn how to install and configure CISCO switches and routers in multi-protocol networks using local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), provide a Level 1 troubleshooting service, and improve network performance and security. Additionally, instruction and training are provided in the proper care, maintenance and use of networking software tools and equipment, as well as all local building and environment codes and regulations. During the courses you will cover topics including Computer Hardware & Software, Wireless Networks, Networking Terminology & Protocols - LANs & WANs, Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Model, TCP/IP model, Ethernet, IP (Internet Protocol) Addressing - Design & Documentation of a Basic Network, Structured Cabling - Network to Network Communications.

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed and will need to take an online exam at the end of each course. A variety of teaching methods will be used, including lectures, practical lessons, group work, tutorials and workshops. Additionally an on-line learning site, which is accessible at College and at home, is available. A variety of teaching methods will be used, including lectures, practical lessons, group work, tutorials and workshops. Additionally an on-line learning site, which is accessible at College and at home, is available.

Further study and career options

Successful completion of all four courses prepares you to sit the CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam, which is universally recognised as the industry standard for network design and support, providing a first step for careers in this field.

Additional information

You will be given advice on taking the CCNA exam during the course.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
16 weeks 22/09/2016 Thu 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £350 Cauldwell Street F1637S1 Course in progress

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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