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Why study this course?

Gain the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA), CCNA Cyber Security and CCNA Cyber Ops qualifications in one course, which could open up many career opportunities.

The CCNA, CCNA security and CCNA cyber ops packaged course will equip you with the required skills to be able to plan, implement, verify, troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists in advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions. 

Those who successfully complete this course will be ready to begin a career working at associate-level in either network administrator, junior network security or cybersecurity analyst positions within SMEs or large enterprise Security Operations Centres.

More about this course

On this course you will learn the skills needed to design, build and maintain computer networks. This course is structured to enable you to take the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA), CCNA Cyber Security and CCNA Cyber Ops 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, network security and how they work together will not only help you succeed today, but also help you to stay current as technologies continue to evolve. 

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.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

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's premises. 

International students

You will need the following level of English:

  • a minimum English qualification of IELTS 5.5 with 5.0 or above in all components, or 550 with 4 in the TWE (Test of Written English) or 213 in the computer-based test (essay rating 4)

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 and Palo Alto Cyber security 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 must take the course again. This could mean taking the whole course again or just sitting an additional assessment. This will be decided by their instructor. There would be a fee for retaking the courses.

Course structure

CCNA,CCNA Security,CCNA Cyber security full-time (2023/24)

This course starts on Monday 9 October 2023. Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm.

CCNA7.0 Course One

Week 1
  • Course Introduction
  • Chapter 1 – Networking Today
  • Chapter 2 – Basic Switch & End Device Configuration
  • Chapter 3 – Protocols Models
Week 2 
  • Chapter 4 – Physical Layer
  • Chapter 5 – Number Systems
  • Chapter 6 – Data Link Layer
  • Chapter 7 – Ethernet Switching
  • Chapter 8 – Network Layer
  • Chapter 9 – Address Resolution
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

CCNA7.0 Course Two

This course starts on Monday 6 November 2023. Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm.

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 & Default Routes
  • Assessments
  • Retakes


CCNA7.0 Course Three

This course starts on Monday 22 November 2021. Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm.

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 & 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


CCNA CyberOps

This course starts on Monday 5 January 2022. Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm.

Week 14

  • Course Introduction
  • Chapter 1 – Cybersecurity and the Security Operation Centre
  • Chapter 2 – Windows Operating System
  • Chapter 3 – Linux Operating System

 Week 15

  • Chapter 4 – Network Protocols
  • Chapter 5 – Network Communication Devices
  • Chapter 6 – Principals of Network Security

 Week 16

  • Chapter 7 – Network attacks: A deeper Look
  • Chapter 8 – Protecting the Network
  • Chapter 9 – Public Key Infrastructure
  • Chapter 10 – Endpoint Security and Analysis

 Week 17

  • Chapter 11 – Security Monitoring
  • Chapter 12 – Intrusion Data Analysis
  • Chapter 13 – Incident Response and Handling

 Week 18

  • Assessments
  • Re-takes


CCNA Security

This course starts on Monday 7 February 2022. Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm.

 Week 19

  • Chapter 1 – Modern Network Security Threats
  • Chapter 2 – Security Network Devices

 Week 20

  • Chapter 3 – Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting
  • Chapter 4 – Implementing Firewall Technologies
  • Chapter 5 – Impementing Intrustion Prevention

 Week 21

  • Chapter 6 – Securing the Local Area Network
  • Chapter 7 – Cryptographic Systems
  • Chapter 8 – Implementing Virtual Private Networks

Week 22

  • Chapter 9 – Implementing the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA)
  • Chapter 10 – Advanced Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA)
  • Chapter 11 – Managing a Secure Network

 Week 23

  • Assessments
  • Retakes

Note: 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'll have a thorough foundation in Cisco products in an enterprise environment.

Where this course can take you

Career opportunities include senior network administrator, network engineer, network security or cyber security analysts within small to medium-sized businesses, 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 this course you confirm that 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 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 Computing and Digital Media School Office on

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