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Why study this course?

This Cisco CCNA Security short course will equip you with the skills to design and implement security solutions that reduce the risk of revenue loss and vulnerability. When you enrol you will gain access to the Cisco Academy portal. From there you will be able to access the following supplementary courses for free:

  • Internet of Everything (IoE)
  • Entrepreneurship and Introduction to Cyber Security (IoC)

This will help you to develop new concepts, new career skills and expand your understanding of the latest technologies.

More about this course

This 72-hour course introduces you to network security and overall security processes. As with existing courses offered by the Cisco Networking Academy, the focus of the course will combine hands-on experience, instructor-led learning and e-learning for students.

There will be a particular emphasis on:

  • modern network security threats
  • security technologies and solutions
  • implementing firewall technologies
  • Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting (AAA)
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) implementation using routers
  • implementing intrusion prevention system

Successful completion of the course will prepare you for the CompTIA Security+ exam and for further network security studies. It will also prepare you to take the Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS) exam.

The IINS exam is associated with the CCNA Security certification and tests your knowledge of securing Cisco routers and switches and their associated networks. It leads to validated skills for installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices, and develops competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security infrastructure.


There are two certifications:

  • Academy Certification: upon completion of the CCNA course in the Cisco Networking Academy programme you'll be awarded an academic certification
  • Industry Certification: this can be taken in any Pearson VUE authorised testing centre and the cost is paid for by yourself

Retakes of Cisco courses

The course fee covers a maximum of two assessments for any Cisco course. If you can't pass the exam after the second attempt you must take the course again. This could mean taking the whole course again or attempting an additional assessment. This will be decided by your instructor. A CCNA Security retake including final assessment costs £400.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Entry requirements

Minimum knowledge prerequisite 

You'll need to have passed the CCNA 1 and 2 or have equivalent experience. The course requires familiarity with the use of the internet along with some basic keyboard and office-style application skills. Our instructors reserve the right to refuse entry to the course to any candidate that doesn't meet the requirements for the study of CCNA Security course material.

Minimum system requirements

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

International students

There is a minimum English prerequisite for CCNA and CCNP courses as follows:

  • IELTS TOEFL 5.5 with all components 5.0 or above 550 with 4 in the TWE (Test of Written English) or 213 in the computer-based test (essay rating 4) – or equivalent

For more information about how to take an IELTS exam (the preferred qualification), visit the British Council's website.

It may be possible to be exempt from formal English qualifications if:

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


Course structure

Timetable for the course starting in October 2020.






3 October 2020

Module 1: Modern Network Security Threats 

Labs (1) online test


10 October 2020

Module 2: Security Network Devices

Labs (1) online test


17 October 2020

Module 3: Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting

Labs (1) online test


24 October 2020

Module 4: Implementing Firewall Technologies

Labs (1) online test


31 October 2020

Module 5 Implementing Intrusion Prevention

Labs (1) online test

6 & 7

7 November 2020

14 November 2020

Module 6: Securing the Local Area Network

Labs (1) online test


21 November 2020

Module 7: Cryptographic Systems

Labs (1) online test


28 November 2020

Module 8: Implementing Virtual Private Networks

Labs (1) online test


5 December 2020

Module 9: Implementing the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) 

Labs (3) online test


12 December 2020

Module 10: Advanced Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA)

Labs online test


9 January 2021

Module 11: Managing a Secure Network

Labs online test


16 January 2021

Final online exam 

Practical exam


23 January 2021


Skills and experience gained

On completion of this course you will acquire a solid foundation in securing Cisco switches and routers and their connected networks.

Course dates

Course dates  

October 2020

Length   14 weeks

Day and time

Part-time: Saturdays, 9am-3pm

Payments and discounts

By paying for a place on this course you confirm 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's standard terms and conditions for professional and short courses.



Payment must be made in full via eShop before the start of the course. 

The CCNA Security part-time course cost £970, which you should pay for via the eShop. If you are entitled to a 10% discount, the reduced price is £870 per module in the discounted eShopPlease make sure you read and understand our terms and conditions before making any payments. Please email the course Administrator to find out if you are entitled to a discount. 


How to apply

You can 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're 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.

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