Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching (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.

More about this course

The CCNA Routing and Switching 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.

You'll find CCNA Routing and Switching ideal 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 our 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 will be paid by the student.

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

Prerequisite for the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching Part 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 Routing and Switching course 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

For more information about how to take an IELTS exam (the preferred qualification) please see the British Council's Website.

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 cannot pass the exam after the second attempt, they must take the course again. This could mean taking the whole course again or just sitting an additional assessment. This will be decided by the course leader. Retaking a 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 Routing and Switching course are divided by title:

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

After the course

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Course dates


Mondays (excluding bank holidays), Wednesdays and Fridays

10am - 5pm


Mondays (excluding bank holidays) and Wednesdays


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 you 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 are entitled to a 10% discount. 

Full-time courses cost £2,670 for all four modules. If payingin full you will be entitled to a discounted price of £2,400 for all four 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.

Part-time courses cost £1,940 for all four 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

CCNA courses: apply online

Please note references are not required for Cisco courses.

Before paying, you will be asked to confirm you agree to our Short Course Training Centre terms and conditions

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.

Course administrator: Adele Almammedova - or +44 (0)20 7133 3627

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