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Course structure

This programme benefits from the Blended Learning approach. Instructor Led training is combined with self study which helps you combine work and study.



Course Sessions* half day Recommended Self Study (depending on experience)
Introduction to Networks 14 Approx. 4 hours
Routing and Switching Essentials 14 Approx. 4 hours
Scaling Networks 12 Approx. 4 hours
Connecting Networks 12 Approx 4 hours

* All sessions are instructor led, towards the end of each course we include a revision session and time to prepare for the practical and theoretical assessments.

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.

There is a free downloadable simulation package to enable students to practice router and switch configuration without the need to purchase their own equipment when doing self-study.

Online Curriculum

All learning material is available through Interactive, Web-based content with diverse multimedia elements and links to background information.

Hands-on labs

There is a heavy emphasis on practical activities using live lab equipment (routers, switches) in order to gain the practical knowledge needed in the industry.


To provide you with an enhanced learning experience and to supplement the practical labs we have invested in negotiating access to an online network laboratory, NetLAb. It is a remote learning environment providing information technology training allowing students on CCNA to access live routers and switches to practice lab exercises remotely from work or home, anytime.

Topics Covered

Introduction to Networks
Routing and Switching Essentials
Scaling Networks Connecting Networks
  1. Exploring the Network
  2. Configuring a network operating System
  3. Network Protocols and Communications
  4. Network Access
  5. Ethernet
  6. Network Layer
  7. Transport Layer
  8. IP Addressing
  9. Subnetting IP Networks
  10. Application Layer
  11. It’s a Network
  12. Revision
  13. Hands on Skills Exam
  14. Theory Exam
  1. Introduction to Switched Networks
  2. Basic Switching Concepts and Configuration
  3. VLANs
  4. Routing Concepts
  5. Inter-VLAN Routing
  6. Static Routing
  7. Routing Dynamically
  8. Single-Area OSPF
  9. Access Control Lists
  10. DHCP
  11. Network Address Translation for IPv4
  12. Revision
  13. Hands on Skills Exam
  14. Theory Exam
  1. Introduction to Scaling Networks
  2. LAN Redundancy
  3. Link Aggregation
  4. Wireless LANs
  5. Adjust and Troubleshoot Single-Area OSPF
  6. Multi-area OSPF
  7. EIGRP
  8. EIGRP Advanced Configurations and Troubleshooting
  9. IOS Images and Licensing
  10. Revision
  11. Hands on Skills Exam
  12. Theory Exam
  1. Hierarchical Network Design
  2. Connecting to the WAN
  3. Point-to-point Connections
  4. Frame Relay
  5. Network Address Translation for IPv4
  6. Broadband Solutions
  7. Securing Site-to-Site Connectivity
  8. Monitoring the Network
  9. Troubleshooting the Network
  10. Revision
  11. Hands on Skills Exam
  12. Theory Exam