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Why study this course?

Through this single course you'll gain CCNA and CCNP qualifications, which will open up a variety of career opportunities, including networking engineering and security operations in corporations.

The CCNA and CCNP Packaged course will equip you with the skills required to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists in advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions. Those who achieve CCNP Routing and Switching certification can demonstrate the skills required in enterprise roles such as senior network technician, network engineer and support engineer.

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This course is structured to teach you the skills needed to design, build and maintain computer networks, and to enable successful candidates to take the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) certification exams.

The routing and switching protocol knowledge will provide a lasting foundation as these skills are equally relevant in the physical networks of today and the virtualised network functions of tomorrow. Understanding network infrastructure and protocols and how they work together will not only help you succeed today, but also help you to stay current as technologies continue to evolve. These objectivies can be achieved by studying the CCNA Enterprise Networking, Security and Automation and CCNP Enterprise Core and Advanced Routing courses.

Cisco currently dominates the router market and networking professionals need to be familiar with Cisco technologies. Today's corporations depend on their information networks for mission-critical operations and are looking for highly-trained networking professionals to keep them up and running at maximum performance. Qualified networking experts are in short supply and therefore are in high demand. There are currently more Cisco networking jobs available than professionals to fill them.


You will be assessed by in-class chapter tests, final theory exams and practical exams.

Professional accreditation

On completion of this course and passing of relevant industry exams you will receive the Cisco CCNA Enterprise Networking, Security and Automation and CCNP Enterprise Core and Advanced Routing qualifications.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

To take the CCNA course you will need to have:

  • a Reading Age Level (RAL) of 13
  • basic computer literacy and awareness of the internet

Prior experience with computer hardware, cabling, binary maths and basic electronics is desirable but not required.

To take the CCNP course you will need to have one of the following:

  • passed the CCNA award and have a certificate registration number with Cisco
  • completed CCNA with Cisco networking academy
  • equivalent CCNA level industry experience

The CCNP Enterprise Core must be taken in the following order: CCNP Enterprise Core then CCNP Enterprise Advanced Routing.

You are required to have a Windows-based PC or laptop with an internet connection if you wish to study the material outside the University premises. 

International students

The English prerequisite for CCNA and CCNP courses is:

  • a minimum qualification of IELTS 5.5 with all components 5.0 or above 550 with 4 in TWE (Test of Written English) or 213 in the computer-based test (essay rating 4) – or equivalent. The British Council has more information about how to take an IELTS exam (the preferred qualification).

It may be possible to be exempt from formal English qualifications if:

  • you received high grades in English throughout your education
  • your education has been undertaken in English

Retakes of Cisco CCNA and CCNP courses

The course fee covers a maximum of two assessments for any short courses. If you don't pass the exam after the second attempt, you''ll have to take the course again. This could mean taking the whole course again or just sitting an additional assessment. This will be decided by your instructor and retaking courses will incur an additional fee.

Course structure

Cisco CCNA and CCNP Packaged course (October 2023 start)

Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 5pm.

The first day of the course starts at 11am Monday 9th October 2023

CCNA 7.0 module one

Week 1

  • Course Introduction
  • Chapter 1 – Networking Today
  • Chapter 2 – Basic Switch and End Device Configuration
  • Chapter 3 – Protocols Models
  • Chapter 4 – Physical Layer

Week 2

  • Chapter 5 – Number Systems
  • Chapter 6 – Data Link Layer
  • Chapter 7 – Ethernet Switching 1
  • Chapter 8 –  Network Layer
  • Chapter 9 – Address Resolution 2

Week 3

  • Chapter 10 – Basic Router Configuration
  • Chapter 11 – IPv4 Addressing
  • Chapter 12 – IPv6 Addressing
  • Chapter 13 – ICMP

Week 4

  • Chapter 14 – Transport Layer
  • Chapter 15 – Application Layer
  • Chapter 16 – Network Security Fundamentals
  • Chapter 17 – Build a Small Network

Week 5

  • Assessments
  • Retakes

CCNA 7.0 module two

Week 6

  • Chapter 1 – Basic Device Configuration
  • Chapter 2 – Switching Concepts
  • Chapter 3 – VLANs
  • Chapter 4 – Inter-VLAN Routing
  • Chapter 5 – STP

Week 7

  • Chapter 6 – Etherchannel
  • Chapter 7 – DHCPv4
  • Chapter 8 – SLAAC and DHCPv6 Concepts
  • Chapter 9 – FHRP Concepts

Week 8

  • Chapter 10 – LAN Security Concepts
  • Chapter 11 – Switch Security Configuration
  • Chapter 12 – WLAN Concepts
  • Chapter 13 – WLAN Configuration
  • Chapter 14 – Routing Concepts

Week 9

  • Chapter 15 – IP Static Routing
  • Chapter 16 – Troubleshoot Static and Default Routes
  • Assessments
  • Retakes

CCNA 7.0 module three

Week 10

  • Chapter 1 – Single Area OSPFv2 Concepts
  • Chapter 2 – Single Area OSPFv2 Configuration
  • Chapter 3 – WAN Concepts
  • Chapter 4 – Network Security Concepts

Week 11

  • Chapter 5 – ACL Concepts
  • Chapter 6 – ACLs for IPv4 Configuration
  • Chapter 7 – NAT for IPv4
  • Chapter 8 – VPN and IPsec Concepts
  • Chapter 9 – QoS Concepts

Week 12

  • Chapter 10 – Network Management
  • Chapter 11 – Network Design
  • Chapter 12 – Network Troubleshooting

Week 13

  • Chapter 13 –  Network Virtualization
  • Chapter 14 – Network Automation
  • Assessments
  • Retakes

CCNP Core One

Week 14

  • Course Introduction
  • Chapter 1 to 5 –  L2 Redundancy

Week 15

  • Chapter 6 to 7 –  Routing Essentials and EIGRP
  • Chapter 8 to 10 – OSPF

Week 16

  • Chapter 11 to 12 – BGP
  • Chapter 13 to 14 – Multicast and QoS

Week 17

  • Chapter 15 to 16 –  IP Services and VPNs
  • Chapter 17 to 19 – Wireless Essentials

CCNP Core Two

Week 18

  • Chapter 20 to 21 –  Wireless Security and Connectivity
  • Chapter 22 to 24 –  Network Design and Monitoring

Week 19

  • Chapter 25 to 26 – Access Control and Infrastructure Security
  • Chapter 27 to 29 – Virtualization, Automation, and Programmability

Week 20

  • Assessments
  • Re-takes

CCNP Advanced Routing

Week 21

  • Chapter 1 to 5 – Routing and EIGRP
  • Chapter 6 to 10 – OSPF-Part 1

Week 22

  • Chapter 6 to 10 – OSPF-Part 2
  • Chapter 11 to 14 – BGP

Week 23

  • Chapter 15 to 17 – Conditional Forwarding and Route Redistribution
  • Chapter 18 to 20 – VPN- Part 1

Week 24

  • Chapter 18 to 20 – VPN- Part 2
  • Chapter 21 to 23 – Infrastructure Security and Management-Part 1

Week 25

  • Chapter 21 to 23 – Infrastructure Security and Management-Part 2
  • Assessments
  • Re-takes

This schedule is for guidance only. On the first day of each semester your instructor may provide you with the detailed schedule, however the start and end date of the course will not be changed.

Skills and experience gained

On completion of this course you will have a solid knowlege of the configuration and operation of Cisco switches and routers.

Where this course can take you

Career opportunities after this course include senior network administrator, network engineer within small and medium-sized enterprises, large enterprises or security operations centres including BT, Vodafone, O2, Cisco Systems, Accenture, Bloomberg, Fortinet and more.

Payments and discounts

By paying for a place on the course you confirm you have received an offer letter accepting you onto the course, you meet the standard entry requirements for the course and that you agree to the School of Computing and Digital Media's standard terms and condtions for professional and short courses

Payment must be made in full via our eShop before the start of the course. Full payment of the fee will qualify you for a 10% discount. Please contact us directly to find out more.

If we have offered you the option to split the payment, you are still committed to pay any outstanding fees as early as starting the second module, or when you are asked to do so. Please read our terms and conditions before proceeding with any payments. Current students and London Met alumni and staff are entitled to a 10% discount.

Please note that the cost does not cover the cost of sitting the certification exams.

How to apply

Please apply online

Before paying, you will be asked to confirm you agree to our terms and conditions.

When to apply

The official closing date for this course is one week before the course start date. Please refer to the course structure. However, you are advised to apply as early as possible, as we will only consider your application if there are places available on the course. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

For more information on course content, please contact the course administrator at

Course leader: Dr Shahram Salekzamankhani –  or +44 (0)20 7133 3705