Note: This is a 'roll-on and roll-off' distance-learning course which you may start at any-time. This is the distance-learning version of our popular Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching programme which teaches computer networking to industry standards. This is a self-taught course where you learn remotely with access to our comprehensive online resources, network simulation, remote lab (for router and switch configuration) and tutorial support. This course is also offered as an instructor-led classroom course (look for the versions without blended distance-learning in the title). The whole CCNA curriculum consists of four modules: 1. Introduction to Networks 2. Routing and Switching Essentials 3. Scaling Networks 4. Connecting Networks This course prepares you for the CCNA examination which is a professional level qualification recognised by employers and those in the networking industry.
CCNA - Introduction to Networks (ITN) is the first module and it has no prerequisites. You then need to pass each module in turn to progress to the next. Materials are comprehensive but require excellent reading and study skills. It would be of benefit if you have some knowledge or experience of computer networking.
Students will study the architecture, function and components of computer networks; gaining practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge through access to lab exercises and network simulation tools. The modules each cover: 1. Introduction to Networks - understanding networks and IP addressing, router and switch configuration, IPv4 and 6, securing wireless 2. Routing and Switching Essentials - RIPv1, RIPng, single-area and multi-area OSPF, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. 3. Scaling Networks - configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks; Implementing DHCP and DNS operations. 4. Connecting Networks - WAN technologies and configuration, configure and troubleshoot data link protocols, implementing IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.
Each module is assessed through a combination of multiple choice examinations and practical skills demonstration. Practise, mock and chapter examinations can be completed remotely and used to judge readiness for the final exam. There is a final examination which will be held on-site at Southgate Campus in North London - you need to ensure you can attend in person. You will need to complete each module with an average grade of 75% to be able to progress to the next. Although you may self-study from home or work (at your own pace) you will be expected to complete the module in a timely fashion (usually within 16 weeks). You will be offered access to tutorial support and the occasional in-class lab or guidance session at our Southgate Campus.
Academic Certification: The whole CCNA programme consists of four modules leading to a CCNA academy certification and an option to take the CCNA industry qualification for additional costs. You will be given a Cisco Networking Academy Programme Certificate for each module of the course you complete. Industry certification: The first 2 modules of the CCNA programme prepare you for the Cisco CCENT certification exam or to study CCNA Security. All 4 courses are recommended before taking the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching industry certification exam (a fee is payable not included in the course fee) which can be taken independently at any time from a Pearson VUE Testing Centre, including the one at Barnet and Southgate College.
Please complete an application form and return to the College - either online, by post or in person at the one of our campuses.
To apply or enrol for this course you must first create an account with the College. This is a simple process that should not take more than a few minutes.
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