Course Details

  • This course has been developed in partnership with Cisco and Microsoft to equip students with the skills and knowledge employers need for a range of professional IT careers related to Networking and Administration. It is also designed to promote and develop a broad range of skills, personal qualities and approaches that will provide a platform for further study, successful career advancement and life-long learning.

    The course is suitable for people already working in networking, who want to develop their skills and gain a higher-level qualification, or those wanting to begin a career in this field. Students have the opportunity to gain vendor certifications in industry standard products, for example, Microsoft MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) and Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate). Linux and Administration is a very popular qualification requested by the IT industry and this has been incorporated to give a good overall grounding of using many Linux Distro’s.

    While on the course you will develop practical skills in network administration within the infrastructure, implementation of active directory and troubleshooting and in the use of the latest version of Windows Server operating system as well as the latest versions of Linux Server. Additionally there are units that develop personal effectiveness skills and employability skills and a key feature of the course is work-related learning, readying you for employment.

    The course will be delivered over two years full-time or four years part time.

    Subjects studied include:
    • Networking with Routing and Switching (Cisco)
    • Professional and Academic Development
    • Network Security and Software Management
    • Linux Fundamentals with Administration
    • Practice-based Research Project
    • Advanced Network Design with Security and Environmental Factors
    • Scaling and Connecting Networks in a WAN (Cisco)
    • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

  • GCSEs at Grade C / Grade 5 or above in Maths and English Language and
    64 UCAS tariff points.

    Students who have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered.

    Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity may also apply.

  • Assessment makes use of a range of activities, including reports, oral presentations, group work, practical work-shop assignments, time-constrained tests, peer assessment and live industry briefs. Achievement is evidenced by the production of a portfolio of evidence. You will be enrolled as an external student with Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Foundation Degree graduates with an average 55% in the final year (Level 5) can progress through to the final year (Level 6) on the MMU BSc (Hons) Network Administration with Cloud Computing (Top up) (N3C8) or (Level 6) BSc (Hons) Network Security with Penetration Testing (Top up) (N2S5).

    Apply via UCAS during their second year of the course to any university of your choice that offers top up final year options e.g. Universites of Salford, Huddersfield, Bolton etc. Note, other universities or colleges may set conditions e.g. 60% average overall grade.

    Employers value the Foundation Degree, as it will enable students to gain credit for what they already know and are doing in the workplace and for vocational training undertaken in order to satisfy work-related needs. All these features improve the career prospects of the individuals both within their current employment and in the job market.

    Graduates of this curriculum are qualified to maintain servers, firewalls, and Routers, network security, access controls, firewalls, content filtering, anti-virus, VPN, penetration testing, intrusion detection, encryption, biometrics, security consultancy, virus removal, server security, secure email.

    The kind of roles that the Foundation Degree prepares students for include: Network Engineers, Network administrator Network Consultant, Wireless Network Field Engineer, Network Support Technician, Linux Administrator.

    Students who wish to study further will be able to progress onto a linked Top-up (hons) degree. The college also has strong relationships with local universities, which welcome applications from The Manchester College students.

    • Starting salaries for graduates are usually around £20,000 to £25,000 per annum
    • With a year's experience, you can command up to £35,000
    • After five years, and working in more senior roles, you can expect to earn in the region of £40,000 to £60,000.

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  • The fee (if applicable) for this two year, full-time foundation degree is currently £7,000.

    Tuition fees and funding can be a little confusing, which is why we’ve put together a dedicated finance page, Fees, Funding and Finance to help you understand all your options. You may be eligible for special bursaries, grants or support from the government, and you can also find out about specific loans and funding help just for tuition fees.

    Fees, finance and funding page
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