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 course provides you with the core skills and confidence required to apply and produce knowledge and understanding of issues surrounding networks in a range of contexts. You will also build a strong conceptual and theoretical understanding of advanced networking challenges. This will enable you to explore, adapt, create and utilise appropriate models, methods, practices, theories and computational techniques in the context of changing and evolving technology. There is the additional opportunity to develop and evaluate new or advanced bespoke solutions appropriate for networking in the modern era. The programme enables you advance your knowledge in networking and is suitable whether you are a recent graduate or already working in the IT industry and looking to change career paths. Whether you are a recent graduate or already working in the IT industry and looking to change career paths, this Masters degree provides a great opportunity to enhance your knowledge in this advanced subject area.
You will learn practical skills for networking with a particular focus on current trends.
The programme enables you to become involved in emerging technologies derived from industry, while also exploring wireless communication, multi-service network technologies, network security and telecom technology management.
The course is delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials with a mixture of daytime and evening classes. These sessions are highly interactive with a focus on the practical application of concepts and the use of cases drawn from real life. An emphasis on small groups ensures that you will have plenty of opportunities for individual discussions with your tutors.
Your vocational capability, academic critical thinking and intellectual development will be assessed throughout the course. This is achieved through a combination of coursework, case studies, problem-solving exercises and examinations. You may be assessed individually or in a group.
You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic academics who research and regularly engage within the wider business and academic environment. Staff specialise in a variety of subjects so you will benefit from a wide range of knowledge and experience. The course team is occasionally supplemented by external IT professionals who are invited to teach particular sessions relevant to their area of expertise.
This MSc equips you with the skills and knowledge required to develop your interests and career in the field of network engineering or support. As organisations become ever more dependent on networks, there are increasing opportunities for specialist positions related to building, managing and securing networks.