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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 full-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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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

This course will start in October 2024, and classes will run on 2 evenings a week from 6-9pm. 

We also offer a  for this course. 

CCNA7.0 part-time module one 

Week 1 

  • Course Introduction
  • Chapter 1 – Networking Today

Week 2 

  • Chapter 2 – Basic Switch & End Device Configuration
  • Chapter 3 – Protocols Models

Week 3 

  • Chapter 4 – Physical Layer
  • Chapter 5 – Number Systems

Week 4 

  • Chapter 6 – Data Link Layer
  • Chapter 7 – Ethernet Switching

Week 5

  • Chapter 8 – Network Layer
  • Chapter 9 – Address Resolution

Week 6

  • Chapter 10 – Basic Router Configuration
  • Chapter 11 – IPv4 Addressing

Week 7

  • Chapter 12 – IPv6 Addressing
  • Chapter 13 – ICMP

Week 8 

  • Chapter 14 – Transport Layer
  • Chapter 15 – Application Layer

Week 9 

  • Chapter 16 – Network Security Fundamentals
  • Chapter 17 – Build a Small Network

Week 10

  • Assessments

Week 11 

  • Retakes

CCNA 7.0 part-time module two

Week 12 

  • Chapter 1 – Basic Device Configuration
  • Chapter 2 – Switching Concepts

Week 13 

  • Chapter 3 – VLANs
  • Chapter 4 – Inter-VLAN Routing

Week 14 

  • Chapter 6 – STP
  • Chapter 7 – Etherchannel

Week 15

  • Chapter 7 – DHCPv4
  • Chapter 8 – SLAAC and DHCPv6 Concepts

Week 16 

  • Chapter 9 – FHRP Concepts
  • Chapter 10 – LAN Security Concepts

Week 17 

  • Chapter 11 – Switch Security Configuration
  • Chapter 12 – WLAN Concepts

Week 18 

  • Chapter 13 – WLAN Configuration
  • Chapter 14 – Routing Concepts

Week 19 

  • Chapter 15 – IP Static Routing
  • Chapter 16 – Troubleshoot Static & Default Routes

Week 20 

  • Assessments

Week 21

  • Retakes

CCNA 7.0 part-time module three 

Week 22 

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

Week 23 

  • Chapter 4 – Network Security Concepts
  • Chapter 5 – ACL Concepts

Week 24 

  • Chapter 6 – ACLs for IPv4 Configuration
  • Chapter 7 – NAT for IPv4

Week 25 

  • Chapter 8 – VPN & IPsec Concepts
  • Chapter 9 – QoS Concepts

Week 26 

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

Week 27 

  • Chapter 13 – Network Virtualisation
  • Chapter 14 – Network Automation

Week 28 

  • Assessments

Week 29 beginning 

  • Retakes

Note: This schedule is for guidance only. On the first day of each semester your instructor will provide you with a detailed schedule.

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.

Part-time courses cost £1,940 for all three modules. Please pay £970 for two modules in the eShop. If you are entitled to a 10% discount, then the reduced price is £870 per module in the discounted 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. 

When to apply

There is no official closing date for this course, but 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 – please email or call +44 (0)20 7133 3705