Course Type: Part Time

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

  • Course Code AAA0105
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time Evening
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

This course is suitable for those wishing to further their career or make a career in networking.

The Cisco Networking Academy program consists of four units. The program is designed to teach you the skills needed to design build and maintain small to medium size networks. This gives you the opportunity to enter the workforce and/or further your education and training in the computer-networking field. You must complete one module before progressing to the next.

Network Fundamentals

  • Identify and describe the functions of each of the seven layers of the OSI reference model.
  • Identify the functions of the TCP/IP network-layer protocols.
  • Identify and describe the transmission mediums, Physical Layer devices and their associated limitations.
  • Define and describe the functions of a MAC address.
  • Describe the techniques for IP address management.
  • Identify network and routing protocols.
  • Describe the functionality of internet working devices.
  • Describe the functionality of network topologies.
  • Describe and apply the stages involved in network design and documentation.
  • Routing Protocols and Concepts.
  • Identify elements of a router.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the techniques of how to configure a router.
  • Identify problems that each routing type encounters when dealing with topology changes, and describe techniques how to resolve them.
  • Describe the techniques for loading and backing up IOS software image.
  • Demonstrate understanding of routing and routing protocols.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the commands required to configure access lists on the route/ Switching.
  • Demonstrate understanding of implementing Variable Length Subnet Masking (VLSM).
  • Demonstrate understanding of the commands required to configure and monitor intermediate routing protocols on the router.
  • Describe benefits and advantages of LAN segmentation using a range of network devices.
  • Describe full-duplex and half-duplex Ethernet operation.
  • Distinguish between cut-through and store-and-forward LAN switching.
  • Describe the benefits of virtual LANs.
  • Describe the operation of the Spanning Tree Protocol and its benefits.
  • Describe the operation of VLAN Trunking Protocol and its benefits WAN Technologies.
  • Demonstrate understanding of scaling IP addresses.
  • Identify the differences between WAN services.
  • Demonstrate PPP operation to encapsulate WAN data on routers.
  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) and Dial-on-Demand (DDR).
  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of Frame Relay.
  • Demonstrate awareness of network management.
  • Demonstrate awareness of optical networking.

All course materials are part of the Cisco Network Academy Curriculum.

Dedicated facilities 

We have a dedicated networking lab with all the Cisco equipment needed to complete the CCNA.

Professional certification  

On completion of CCNA 2 and 4 you will qualify for a discounted voucher which can be redeemed against the professional certification INTRO and ICND respectively, which make up CCNA Certification. These exams are administered through Pearson VUE.

The Cisco Networking Academy Program provides the opportunity for two levels of certification, Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP), designed to meet employment standards for the networking industry. CCNA and CCNP certifications are part of the Cisco Careers Certification program. 

Other levels of certification, including the industry renowned Cisco Certified Internet working Expert (CCIE) are available through Ciscos corporate training program. For more information on Cisco Career Certifications visit: http://www.cisco.com/training.


Career opportunities

Career opportunities upon completion include: IT Support Technician, Cable installation, Network administration and Router/Switch installation and configuration.

An interview is required and guidance is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by the use of online assessments and practical assignments.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by experienced industry tutors. The course will include a mix of classroom, practical and assessment activities to involve the learners and provide a relevant and engaging learning experience.

Qualifications needed

Related work experience

Required experience

We welcome all applicants without any prior experience or knowledge in this area. You will need motivation to achieve and have a passion to gain skills enabling you to progress this as a career in the future.

The cost of this course varies depending on your age and circumstances.

If you are under 19 years old, this course is free.

If you are aged over 19 years old you may qualify for free or reduced price course fees, depending on your circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 years over, you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee upfront in full and qualify for a 10% discount.

For an up to date cost and more finance information please visit an Enrolment Event, call 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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