Course Details

  • If you’ve completed the first semester of this Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) course, you’ll be well placed to continue onto this second stage of the programme and continue to advance your skills and knowledge in computer networks and engineering.

    In this second semester of the CCNA course – Routing & Switching Essentials – you’ll explore the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network, as well as learning how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality.

    By the end of this course, you will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches, and resolve common issues in a range of areas - including with RIPv1, RIPv2, single-area and multi-area OSPF, EIGRP, virtual LANs, and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. You will also have the ability to configure the operations and benefits of link aggregation and Cisco VLAN Trunk Protocol (VTP).

  • There are no formal requirements for this Cisco Networking course, but you should ideally have Level 2 qualifications (or equivalent) in English and Maths to gain the most from the programme.

  • Throughout the duration of the course, you’ll complete eleven online tests in class, one final online exam, and one final work-based practical exam.

    When you complete both semester one & two, you’ll be able to take the professional CCENT exam, and if you complete all four semesters, you can take the full professional exam for CCNA.

  • After completing both this Routing & Switching Essentials semester and the previous Introduction To Networks, you’ll be able to sit the professional CCNA Routing & Switching exam and gain a formal qualification.

    From here, you can then advance onto the third semester of the Cisco Certified Network Associate course in Scaling Networks, continuing to develop the skills that will aid your career in the computing & IT industry. Link to Careers

  • The current fees for this semester of the Cisco Certified Network Associate course are £500.

    There are a number of different funding and finance options for anyone wanting to study this course. You may qualify for benefits or a bursary, or be able to get a special loan to help you pay. We can help you understand your options on our dedicated finance page. (link to relevant finance page)

  • If you’d like to find out more about this course, ask any questions about applications and enrolment or speak to someone about fees and finance, we’re more than happy to help – and we’d love to hear from you!

    Get in touch with the course enquiries team here. Link to Enquiries