Where will this course lead?

This 18 chapter, 70-hour course covers Linux as an operating system, basic open source concepts, and the basics of the Linux command line. The goal of this course is to provide academic institutions, organizations, and individual learners curriculum to help prepare for the exam  objectives aligned to the Linux Professional Institute, LPI.org, Linux Essentials Professional Development Certificate.

What will I study?

This course implements a "practice as you read" approach to learning. Each learner has hands-on access to a Linux virtual machine to practice, explore, and trial Linux command line concepts. The learner is also provided 14 prescriptive step-by-step labs. These labs provide a learning environment where students interact with the Linux operating system and build on their skills and knowledge as they progress through the course. Sections studied include:


Open Source Software and Licensing

Command Line Skills

Navigating the Filesystem

Managing Files and Directories

Archiving and Compression

Working With Text

Basic Scripting

Network Configuration

System and User Security

Ownership and Permissions Text

How will this course be delivered?

This course is offered through our Cisco Networking Academy at Solihull College, with workshops with individual lab facilities, supported by your tutor.

Study materials include online labs and Cisco Netacad study resources to support independent study and lab facilities both in college and at home.

To facilitate effective distance learning Solihull college has invested in a range of on-line resources which includes Microsoft Teams used for distance workshops & tutor support, Cisco Netacad, and student Office 365. These facilities will enable us to provide an equivalent class-based experience, with student-tutor and student-student interaction.

This course is available to study in the daytime, over 15 weeks, on Thursdays 9:30 to 4:30 with a blended approach of tutor-led and distance learning. Learners may re-enrol on course to extend their period of study.

What qualifications will I get?

On successful completion of the course learners will receive a Cisco certificate. Certifications give you a professional edge by providing globally recognised industry endorsed evidence of skills and mastery, demonstrating your abilities and willingness to embrace new technologies.

How will I be assessed?

The course includes assessments throughout, with both practical and quiz exercises.

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by interview, subject to meeting the entry requirements.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners must be over 19. Before attending this course, students must have an understanding of computer networks and be a proficient user of a PC.

What else do I need to know?

Students should have a suitable PC with access to the internet.

*If you successfully complete the free CISCO IT Essentials course you will gain your next step qualification at a 50% discounted rate.

What can I do after this course?

This course provides an appropriate entry point to a future career in technology and assumes some hands-on experience or training but does not assume on-the-job experience. This course is intended for individuals who are seeking employment as a Linux System Administrator or Software Engineer.


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The career paths provided are to give you an idea of the careers that you could progress onto in the future. However, for some, you may need to complete higher level qualifications and gain experience before your dream job becomes a reality. The information provided is to support further research and to generate some initial career ideas when choosing a course. Please check entry requirements to degree courses, apprenticeships, and jobs as this may vary from year to year and across providers. For further advice and guidance, please contact: careers@solihull.ac.uk.