The Cisco Networking Academy awards internationally recognised professional qualifications in computer networking. The programme is designed to teach you the skills needed to design, build and maintain small to medium sized computing networks. It will provide you with an opportunity to enter the workforce or further your education and training in computer networking.
The academy combines instructor-led ad online learning with hands-on laboratory exercises, giving you the opportunity to study at your own pace with an emphasis on the development of your skills. These sessions are challenging and give the opportunity to develop your critical thinking,problem solving and collaboration skills, as well as your practical knowledge.
The course includes a module on embedded 'E-doing'. This allows you to complete interactive activities that stimulate learning and improve knowledge retention. E-doing involves rich multimedia and addresses a variety of learning styles, increases comprehension and provides a deep learning experience.
The Academy programme combines instructor-led, online learning with hands-on laboratory exercises, where you can apply what you learn in class while working on dedicated computer networks. Study the theoretical aspects of the programme at your own pace. Each of the modules involves a practical element, so practical sessions, along with tutorial support for the theoretical material, are scheduled throughout the year.
The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.
The course will be taught over six months minimum. It is made up of four modules each taking around six months.
Each award consists of four modules that are studied in sequential order.
After completing all 4 modules students will be suitably qualified to be able to sit the CCNA - Routing and Switching examination.
These comprise of two exams the 100-105 ICND1 and the 200-105 ICND2. These exams are external to Wrexham Glyndwr University, and will not form part of the course delivery.
Computer networking professionals are in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, computer networking careers are expected to grow 30% from 2013 to 2018.
The Cisco CCNA is a globally recognised qualification across the IT and telecommunications industry. A variety of government organisations, training institutions and corporations around the UK recommend or require the CCNA certification for their staff or channel partners.
These includes Staples, BT, AT&T and the Cabinet Office. Within the UK, the average salary of a CCNA certified professional is £38,600pa with more than 84% being offered a salary of more than £25,000pa. The average salary for a CCNA graduate is estimated to be £22,900pa.
After graduation, you could find work such as a Network Engineer or a Support Engineer with relative ease. Below are examples of the starting range of career opportunities offered to CCNA Professionals:
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This highly technical course is aimed at networking professionals who already have Cisco CCNA or equivalent networking skills and experience (CCNA certification is recommended but not required). Each of the modules are designed to prepare you for the latest Cisco certification exams and to develop the critical and analytical skills required for the challenges faced in today's enterprise infrastructures.
The ability to provide scalable, integrated, flexible and secure networks is critical for modern enterprises. Graduates from this course gain the skills and knowledge to become valued experts in their field.
You learn both practical and theoretical skills in the areas of designing, building, troubleshooting and managing complex secure network systems. The course complements your academic achievements by funding a single attempt at each of the latest Cisco Networking Professional Routing and Switching Certification exams.
Our networking labs are comprehensively equipped with the latest Cisco switches, routers and security devices. You work on different platforms including • Campus LAN Access Switches (Cisco Catalyst 2960, 3560 Series) • Campus LAN Compact Switches (Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX Series) • Campus LAN Core and Distribution Switches (Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches) • Security Appliances (Cisco ASA 5510, IPS 4240)• Enterprise and ISR Routers (Cisco 2800, 2900 Series) • Cisco wireless devices • VOIP devices • ADSL connections • VMWare virtual computing platforms. Your lab facilities are available from 8am to midnight during term time and are not limited to your tutorial sessions.
After the successful completion of your taught modules, the dissertation enables you to work on a real project with a company, or research and develop your own complex system for further analysis.
The course has been designed with industry in mind. The theoretical and practical learning you engage with is directly related to the latest trends in industry. The timetabling arrangements are specially designed to be suitable for both part-time and full-time study.
This course helps prepare you for exams in • Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP R&S) • Cisco Certified Design Architect (CCDA) • Cisco Certified and Networking Associate Security (CCNA Security). A single attempt at the latest CCNP R&S exams is included in the fee.
Full time - September start - typically 12 or 16 months
Part time - September start - typically 36 months
Modules are assessed using coursework. Assignments are typically individual pieces of work but some modules involve group work.Assessments are most often completed through practical work, supported by reports or presentations.
Graduates from this course have the skills and knowledge to work in most areas of IT, particularly as a network engineer, IT consultant or IT manager.
You are well placed to fast-track into the more technical areas of network engineering. Our graduates work in companies as diverse as Cisco, Sky, PlusNet, IBM, Citrix and BT in roles which range from network engineer through to network architect.