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

Course type
Short Course
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Entry requirements

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.

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 in CCNA Routing and Switching are:

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

After the course

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Course dates

Course dates  




Full-time runs for 16 to 23 weeks
Part-time runs for 28 weeks

Day and time


  • Mondays (excluding bank holidays) Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-5pm

Part time:

  • September to April - Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9pm
  • January to December - Mondays (excluding bank holidays) and Wednesdays 6-9pm

Payments and Discounts

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

If we made an option available to you 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 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 paid in full, a 10% discounted price for all four modules is £2,400. 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

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Please note references are not required for Cisco courses.

Before paying, you will be asked to confirm you agree to our Cisco Programme 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 020 7133 3627

Course leader: Dr Shahram Salekzamankhani or 020 7133 3705