Where will this course lead?

This course teaches the fundamentals of networking. It covers how devices communicate on a network, network addressing and network services, how to build a home network and configure basic security, the basics of configuring Cisco devices, and testing and troubleshooting network problems. The course has many features to help students understand these concepts. Students are encouraged to continue their studies within the Cisco Networking pathway.

What will I study?

The Networking Essentials 2.0 course is designed for people who want to learn the knowledge and skills they need to work in Information Technology (IT) and networking, including the following topics:

Create a simulated network using Cisco® Packet Tracer

Build a simple home network

Create a fully connected LAN

Configure an integrated wireless router and wireless client to connect securely to the internet

Connect wireless PC clients to a wireless router

Configure basic network security

Build a simple computer network using Cisco® devices

Troubleshoot basic network connectivity issues

Wireless Networks

Local Network Connections

Network Types

Network Documentation

Ethernet Cabling

Coaxial and Fibre-Optic Cabling

Bandwidth and Throughput

Clients and Servers

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?

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

*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 Network Engineer or Systems Administrator.


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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.