UCEN Manchester (The Manchester College)

Computer Network Engineering with Administration UCEN Manchester (The Manchester College) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Manchester Metropolitan University


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This course has been developed in partnership with Cisco and Microsoft to equip students with the skills and knowledge employers need for a range of professional IT careers related to Networking and Administration. It is also designed to promote and develop a broad range of skills, personal qualities and approaches that will provide a platform for further study, successful career advancement and lifelong learning.
The course is suitable for people already working in networking, who want to develop their skills and gain a higher-level qualification, or those wanting to begin a career in this field. Students have the opportunity to gain vendor certifications in industry standard products, for example, Microsoft MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) and Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate). Linux and Administration is a very popular qualification requested by the IT industry and this has been incorporated to give a good overall grounding of using many Linux Distro’s.
Whilst on the course you will develop practical skills in network administration within the infrastructure, implementation of active directory and troubleshooting, and in the use of the latest version of Windows Server operating system as well as the latest versions of Linux Server. Additionally there are units that develop personal effectiveness skills and employability skills and a key feature of the course is work-related learning, readying you for employment.

On successful completion of FdSc Computer Network Engineering with Administration students will be able to:

• Design, install, implement and test computer network systems using contemporary principles and procedures.
• Identify, analyse and solve a broad range of computing network issues which are applicable to employer needs in the sector.
• Identify and analyse implications, opportunities, limitations and risks of current developments in networking technology and be able to critically evaluate their suitability to be used to adapt established practice.
• Evidence how computer and networking systems relate to and affect different aspects of an enterprise.
• Successfully demonstrate a range of skills developed in a real and/or simulated work situation related to computer network systems.
Recognising and evaluating opportunities to gain vendor certifications linked to their program of study (Lifelong learning).

Course details


Professional & Academic Development (30 Credits)
The module will focus on developing and re-enforcing critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills and preparing the students vocationally by enhancing their knowledge and skills to inform existing or potential professional careers.

Networking with Routing & Switching (30 Credits)
The module is to introduce the student to the fundamental networking concepts and technologies. The unit materials will assist the student in developing the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications, using routers and switching technology.

Linux Fundamentals with Administration (30 Credits)
This unit involves three streams; the first introduces the ethos and concept behind open source. The second stream involves the theory required to maximise the usefulness of Linux. The third stream is a practical implementation of a Linux based virtual network, which will be designed, implemented and managed.

Network Security and Software Management (30 Credits)
Students will consider the important factors when designing a secure network, by identifying potential threats and risks both internally and externally. Students will then design, implement and manage a solution, while trying to attack the network.

Practice-based Research Project (30 Credits)
The module discipline is specific to research methods knowledge and skills gained within the Level 4 Professional and Academic Development by enabling students to engage in a small scale research project.

Scaling & Connecting Networks in a WAN (30 Credits)
This module discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The unit enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements.

Advanced Network Design with Security and Environmental Factors (30 Credits)
The module builds upon previous learning and introduces more factors, which affect the design of a network. Legal, ethical and social implications, along with providing an efficient service, all contribute to the design of a network that ultimately requires confidentiality, integrity and availability.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (30 Credits)
This module offers a comprehensive, theoretical and practical approach to providing learners with an understanding of the principles of virtualised desktops, via the deployment of virtual server and desktop environments.

Assessment method

A range of assessment methods are used and could be in the form of the following:

• Reports
• Oral presentations
• Group work
• Practical assignments
• Time constrained tests
• Peer assessment
• Live industry briefs.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code G420
Institution code M10
Campus name Openshaw Campus
Campus code 7

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points

GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded)

Students that have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.
Interview required for those applying who do not meet the entry requirement.

You will be asked to write a 500 word academic report to gain an understanding of your writing skills prior to the course.

Additional entry requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Provider information

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UCEN Manchester (The Manchester College)
Ashton Old Road
M11 2WH

Clearing contact details

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0161 674 7777

Additional information

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