The programme gives focus to the technical skills to become a resourceful and creative network professional, which in turn shapes how people live and work in the future. The programme embeds industry led curricula from Cisco Networking Academy and prepares students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (Routing and Switching and CCNA Security) professional qualification. The aim of the first academic year is to develop fundamental core knowledge in networks and information systems. You will engage with underpinning principles of computing and networking technologies together with relevant areas of programming, mathematics, statistics and business. You will build practical experience within a dedicated Cisco networking lab which you will continue in your second year. Legal and regulatory frameworks are explored together with developing your personal and professional skills. The second academic year you will engage and deepen your understanding of issues related to networking and relevant supporting technologies including security and databases. There is a strong focus on employability and you will develop an in depth understanding of web and mobile application development. The Integrated Project module incorporates your knowledge learned in academic year one and enables you to design, develop and evaluate a security application as part of a team. Before moving on to the final year, you may choose to spend a year on a work placement in a business organisation. The core of your final year focuses on distributed systems and advanced routing and switching concepts; building on the foundation of the first two years. You will develop an appreciation of the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks focusing on developing your core employability skills. The Computing Project module helps you to develop specialist skills and expertise through the undertaking of a substantial body of work.
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How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.
Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications). If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.|
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.