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CISCO Academy CCNA Part 1: Introduction to Networks

  • L3

Begin your journey into networking. This is the first of three Cisco CCNA professional courses that will provide you with the skills and knowledge to achieve industry recognised qualifications including: CCENT, CCT, CCNA & CCNP. The course includes classroom theory & practical delivery, with online resources via a virtual classroom to help further your understanding.  


Entry requirements

  • Essential: Level 2 IT Qualification
  • Desirable: Cisco IT Essentials or CompTIA A+

If you have no computing background you should consider alternative introductory courses prior to applying

Course content

You will complete the following course units:

  • Networking Today
  • Basic Switch and End Device Configuration
  • Protocol Models
  • Physical Layer
  • Number Systems
  • Data Link Layer
  • Ethernet Switching
  • Network Layer
  • Address Resolution
  • Basic Router Configuration
  • IPv4 & IPv6 Addressing
  • ICMP
  • Transport Layer
  • Application Layer
  • Network Security Fundamentals
  • Building a Small Network.

Assessment methods

Weekly online chapter exams to be completed in your own time. A final Cisco CCNA online exam to be completed at the end of the course.


Cisco CCNA 

Further study and career options

  • Course progression: CCNA 2 / CCNA 3 / CompTIA Security+
  • Career progression: IT Support / Line 3 Support Roles

Additional information

You will be given advice on taking the CCNA exam during the course.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest here for our part-time courses starting from September 2021.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
16 weeks 24/09/2020 Thu 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £350 Cauldwell Street BBF783S1

Part-time course already started?

Our upcoming 2021-22 part-time courses will be out in May. Get alerted when they're released by selecting your campus of choice below and filling out the relevant form:

Bedford College Enquiry Form

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.