Programme Title: Certificate in CISCO-CCNA 

No formal qualification in computing is required for entry to the course but potential participants should have a strong working knowledge of computer technology. Participants should also have internet access and a computer at home as there are weekly online assignments to be completed outside of class contact time.

Our CCNA® curriculum (covering the new course material for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (200-301 CCNA) provides foundational networking knowledge, practical experience, opportunities for career exploration, and soft-skills development to help students prepare for entry-level careers in IT and networking. The curriculum offers a hands-on approach to learning, and uses interactive tools and easy-to-follow labs to help students learn the general theory needed to build networks.

CCNA allows for quick application of learned concepts to encourage students to consider additional education in IT. It uses easy-to-follow, step-by-step laboratories that provide detailed instructions and feedback to help students reach the final solution. It includes embedded e-doing, highly interactive activities that stimulate learning and improve knowledge retention. E-doing involves rich multimedia, including Flash-based activities, videos, and interactive quizzes, that address a variety of learning styles, increase comprehension, and provide a rich learning experience.

IT Requirements: A MEDIUM spec (i.e. able to run Win 10, an AV solution and Office comfortably. Be able to use Wi-fi and camera to attend online classes, use other software such as SPSS, Adobe Connect, Minitab, Maple, so needs more RAM, SSD, etc.)

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The CCNA offers strong employment prospects for graduates in the areas of networking. Skills developed are particularly attractive to any institution or organisation that has computer networks at the core of their business. Among the companies that CCNA graduates now work are Intel, HP, Symantec, IBM, Yahoo, Amazon, Eir, Viatel and Salesforce.

  • Introduction to Networks
  • Routing and Switching Essentials
  • Scaling Networks
  • Connecting Networks

    The courses are delivered sequentially, and each course is a prerequisite for the next course.

    CCNA teaches networking based on applications covering the types of practical networks students may encounter, from simple home or small office networks to more complex enterprise models. Students learn the technical skills and soft skills needed to succeed in entry-level networking professions such as a network installer, help desk technician, pre-sales support technician, or network technician. CCNA also provides an introduction to advanced technologies such as voice, video, wireless, and security.

    Exam Description: The 200-301 CCNA is the composite exam associated with the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills required to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small to medium size enterprise branch network. The topics include

    • Build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IPv4 and IPv6 addressing schemes.
    • Configure routers, switches, and end devices to provide access to local and remote network resources and to enable end-to-end connectivity between remote devices.
    • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer.
    • Configure and troubleshoot connectivity a small network using security best practices
    • Work with routers, switches and wireless devices to configure and troubleshoot VLANs, Wireless LANs and Inter-VLAN routing.
    • Configure and troubleshoot redundancy on a switched network using STP and EtherChannel.
    • Explain how to support available and reliable networks using dynamic addressing and first-hop redundancy protocols.
    • Work with routers and switches using OSPF in point-to-point and multiaccess networks.
    • Mitigate threats and enhance network security using access control lists and security best practices.
    • Understand virtualization, SDN, and how APIs and configuration management tools enable network automation.

Class schedule TBC

Course will commence week of 27/09/2021

The programme is predominantly online. There may be a requirement to attend campus for some workshops/assessments during the 2021/2022 academic year.

**Please note that class timetables and modes of delivery are indicative and may be subject to change, depending on public health advice**

Applications for this course are now closed for 2021.

TU Code



Level 6 (Special Purpose 20 ECTS)


Certificate in CISCO-CCNA


10 months

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery


Commencement Date

September 2021




Funded under Springboard+ in 2021

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