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SCQF Level
Start Date & time
Various start dates
Qualification Type
Other advanced qual
Course Type
18 Weeks (Tuesday evening)


The Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum is a gateway to entry-level networking jobs and IT careers. The curriculum consists of 3, 70-hour courses:

• Introduction to Networks
• Switching Routing & Wireless Essentials
• Enterprise Networking, Security, & Automation.

All 3 courses are recommended before taking the Cisco CCNA 200-301 certification exam. The entire curriculum is online and can be accessed from the internet via PC, phone or tablet.

What will I learn?

During the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching Essentials course, you will develop a working knowledge of routing, switching, network applications, protocols, and services. You will study with an instructor in the classroom and access expert content online anytime. You can practice what you learn on both real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer, a network configuration simulation tool. Practical exercises are spread throughout the course.

You will undertake course assessments and you get immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and tests.

Course content

Semester 1 – Introduction to Networks

This semester is stage one in the series of networking courses. It will introduce the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and computer networks, giving you a general grounding in network knowledge. The principles of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are also introduced to you, in order to provide a foundation for the curriculum. 

By the end of the semester, students can build simple local area networks (LAN) that integrate IP addressing schemes, and foundational network security, and perform basic configurations for routers and switches. 

Semester 2 – Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials

The second course in the CCNA curriculum focuses on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium business networks and includes wireless local area networks (WLAN) and security concepts. 

By the end of this semester, students can perform basic network configuration and troubleshooting, identify and mitigate LAN security threats, and configure and secure a basic WLAN. 

Semester 3 – Enterprise Networking, Security and Automation

The third CCNA course describes the architectures and considerations related to designing, securing, operating, and troubleshooting enterprise networks – including wide area network (WAN) technologies & quality of service (QoS) mechanisms for secure remote access, along with software-defined networking, virtualization, & automation concepts supporting network digitization. 

By the end of this semester, Students should gain skills to configure and troubleshoot enterprise networks and learn to identify and protect against cybersecurity threats. They are introduced to network management tools and learn key concepts of software-defined networking, including controller-based architectures and how application programming interfaces (APIs) enable network automation. 

During the course, you’ll develop the knowledge to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Finally, you’ll be exploring how to implement IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.

Cost: £400 per unit. To complete all four units the fee is £1200. CISCO Certification (exam) costs £200 and covers Semester 1-3.  A refund of up to £90 of the exam fee may be claimed back directly from CISCO if a pass of 75% is achieved on the first attempt.

To enquire about this course please call 0141 272 3298 or contact

Entry requirements (minimum)

There are no formal entry requirements, however, a knowledge of basic computing and/or networking would be an advantage.

Jobs and further study

  • Employment in networking and related industry
  • Cisco CCNA Security

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 298