Routing and Switching Essentials CISCO CCNA 2

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Course Overview

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is a certification program for entry-level network engineers that helps maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increase the value of your employer’s network. This course is for the first of four modules that lead to the CCNA certification. This There is a emphasis on practical activities using live lab equipment (routers, switches) in order to gain the practical knowledge needed in the industry. It is an 10 week course which includes taught sessions, live labs and blended learning.

This is a full cost course. There is no fee remission available and you cannot apply for an advanced learner loan to pay for your fees.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

This course is suitable for those who wish to understand the principles of computer networks whilst developing good practice and skills. The course will provide you with an opportunity to practice configuring computer networks. Some of the topics you will cover include:

Switched Networks
Basic Switching Concepts and Configuration
VLAN Routing
Static Routing
Dynamic routing
Single-Area OSPF
Access Control Lists (ACLs)
DHCP servers
Network Address Translation and IPv4

Entry Requirements

A good understanding of IT systems with either relevant work experience or a level 2 qualification such as the CompTIA A+ or Cisco IT Essentials. Other certification such as CompTIA Network+, Security+ or a keen interest in pursuing a career in networking. However, no skill or knowledge in this area is assumed but basic numeracy is expected and you should be confident in the use of a computer to access the resources that will be available.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is by an online end of course exam set by the Cisco Academy. You will receive the CCNA R S 2 – Routing and Switching Essentials component assessment certificate. Each session is a comprehensive mix of instructor led tuition, hands on practical labs in the classroom and access to the online curriculum and assessment. The session starts with a presentation and then you have the opportunity to use the live or simulated lab equipment to practice curriculum content. Practical work is a major part of the course and requires regular attendance and practice.

If you have a disability the study materials are available online. However some components may not be fully accessible using a screen reader. If you have a disability you may be allowed additional time to complete the examination. If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £330.00

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0

Tuition Fees (19+): £0

Additional Costs

For the full CCNA qualification, you are required to sit and pay for the CISCO CCNA vendor assessment through a PearsonVUE testing centre. Exam fees to be confirmed.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

You can progress to the CCNA Routing and Switching 2 course – Routing and Switching Essentials.

The CCNA Routing and Switching 1 Introduction to Networks validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks. In particular it is designed for:
– IT Support Technicians in small and medium businesses
– Network Specialists, Network Administrators, and Network Support Engineers.

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