Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching (full-time) (short course)

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Why study this course?

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is a professional qualification accredited by Cisco for network professionals. This course teaches you to network, operate and troubleshoot complex networks and systems.

We also offer a part-time study option for this course. 

More about this course

The CCNA Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials curriculum provides you with an integrated and comprehensive coverage of networking topics, from the basics to advanced applications and services. It also gives you the opportunity for hands-on practical experience and soft-skills development.

You'll learn about networking based on technology and cover networking concepts using a top-down, theoretical and integrated approach. This will include network applications and the network protocols and services provided to those applications by the lower layers of the network.

This course could be suitable for you if you have advanced problem solving and analytical skills. The curriculum is also a comprehensive and theoretical learning experience for analytical students, and uses language that aligns well with engineering concepts.

Interactive activities are embedded in the curriculum, along with detailed, theoretical content. You can make use of our advanced labs to develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills through exploration and research.


You can get two certifications from this course:

  • Academy Certification: Upon completion of the CCNA course in the Cisco Networking Academy program, you'll be awarded an academic certification.
  • Industry Certification: This can be taken in any Pearson VUE authorised testing centre. The cost for this will need to be paid for seperately if you wish to do this.

Fees and key information

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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

Prerequisite for the Cisco CCNA Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials part-time and full-time courses

You'll be required 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 (this is desired, but not required)

You're also required to have a Windows-based PC or laptop with internet connection if you want to study the material outside of the University premises.

International Students

The minimum English language requirements for the CCNA Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials are:

  • a minimum IELTS score of 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 a qualification equivalent to the above

The British Council has more information about how to take an IELTS exam (the preferred qualification).

You may be exempt from formal English qualifications if:

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

Retakes of Cisco CCNA courses

The course fee covers a maximum of two assessments for any short course. If a student does not pass the exam after the second attempt, they must take the course again or sit an additional assessment. This will be decided by the course leader and retaking the course will incur an additional fee. 

Course structure

Semesters one to four of the Cisco Networking Academy Programme (CNAP) are equivalent to 280 hours of instruction. If you successfully complete this portion of the programme, you're fully prepared to earn the Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification.

The four semesters of the CCNA Switching, Routing and Wireless Essentials course are divided by title:

  • Introduction to Networks
  • Routing and Switching Essentials
  • Scaling Networks
  • Connecting Networks

Where this course can take you

See the Cisco career opportunities to find out more about where completion of this course can take you. 

Course start dates


17 May 2021


Mondays (excluding bank holidays), Wednesdays and Fridays


We also offer a for this course.

CCNA7.0 full-time module one 

Week 1 (beginning 17 May 2021)

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

Week 2 (beginning 24 May 2021)

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

Week 3 (beginning 31 May 2021)

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

Week 4 (beginning 7 June 2021)

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

Week 5 (beginning 14 June 2021)

  • Assessments 14 June 2021
  • Retakes 16 June 2021

CCNA7.0 full-time module two

Week 6 (beginning 21 June 2021)

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

Week 7 (beginning 28 June 2021)

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

Week 8 (beginning 5 July 2021)

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

Week 9 (beginning 12 July 2021)

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

  • Assessments – 12 July 2021
  • Retakes – 14 July 2020

CCNA7.0 full-time module three

Week 10 (beginning 19 July 2021)

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

Week 11 (beginning 26 July 2021)

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

Week 12 (beginning 2 August 2021)

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

Week 13 (beginning 9 August 2021)

  • Chapter 13 – Network Virtualisation 
  • Chapter 14 – Network Automation 
  • Assessments – 9 August 2021
  • Retakes – 11 August 2021

Payments and discounts

Payment must be made in full via our eShop before the start of the course. Payment of the fee in full will qualify for a 10% discount for all four modules.

If we give you the option to split the payment please note that you are still committed to pay any outstanding fees before starting the second module, or when you are asked to do so. Please read our terms and conditions before proceeding with any payments. Current and former London Met degree students and staff also are entitled to a 10% discount. Please note that the 10% discount is only applicable once. 

Full-time courses cost £2,670 for all three modules. If paying in full you will be entitled to a discounted price of £2,400 for all three modules. When paying, please add two items to your basket in the discounted eShop. If an instalment option is available, you may pay £1,335 for two modules in the eShop. Please make sure you read and understand our terms and conditions before making any payments.


How to apply

Please apply online for our CCNA courses.

Please note references are not required for Cisco courses.

Before paying, you will be asked to confirm you agree to our terms and conditions, please email for a form where you can agree to these, if happy to do so.