Cisco Networking for Beginners with Career Program


    Pay over 1 year at £91.25 per month


    If you’ve ever considered working as a Cisco Networking Engineer or specialist, but felt you lacked the knowledge or skills to launch your career, this might be what you’re looking for.

    This course is aimed at absolute beginners to IT who want to start a career in Cisco networking or just develop their skills in this area. The course assumes you have no technical knowledge of IT whatsoever. To understand Cisco networking and practice it at a technical level, you must first possess an understanding of basic IT literacy as well as certain technologies, which you will be taught through this course. Through this course, you will gain a series of globally recognised networking certifications from CompTIA and Cisco. You’ll also possess a set of networking skills you can apply to a vast range of IT jobs.

    The Average Cisco Networking Specialist Profile:

    From the beginning, we teach you about basic IT literacy, basic software features and functions, basic networking, operating systems, and basic security threats. From there, the course steps up a notch exploring these areas in more depth. As you progress through the various stages, your knowledge of networking will gradually begin to develop.

    The course is comprised of four separate courses in total. One of which is skills based only with no exam, and three certification courses with a final exam after each course. The final course being the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA). The first course (CompTIA IT Fundamentals) provides a soft introduction to basic IT terminology, concepts and technology.

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    Course features


       Video Learning

    Access to video based online learning material. Tutors use diagrams and illustrations to teach the classes, as well as giving demonstrations of equipment. Lessons are pre-recorded allowing you to  fast-forward, rewind and pause at any time throughout the lessons. Videos can be viewed on different devices including a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, and smart phone.

      Accessible from Anywhere

    Your course can be done from any where in the world. If you decide to move to a different city or even country, you can continue with the course from wherever you are. All you need is a device such as a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, smart phone, and an internet connection.

       Live Practice Labs

    Access live practice labs, allowing you to put your course skills to the test in a live simulated environment. For instance, learn how to setup a firewall to protect a network from cyber attacks. The live labs have two functions: 1. guided exercises, instructing you to carry out tasks; 2. sand box environment, allowing you to play with the online equipment to test out your skills. Click here to learn more about the live labs.

      MeasureUP Practice Tests

    Before you sit an exam, you will be given access to a MeasureUP practice test. These tests have two modes: 1. practice-mode, allowing you learn the questions and answers with resources included; 2. certification mode, allowing you to test yourself with a limited time and without the answers. These tests are the closest experience to the real exams. MeasureUP have been the gold standard in exam preparation for over 20 years.

      Exam Fees Paid

    Your course comes with official CompTIA and Cisco exam vouchers. This means all exam fees are fully paid. Exams must be taken at your local testing center. There are testing centers all over the country and across the globe. For most people, their nearest test center is less than 30 miles from their home or office. We will locate your nearest testing center.

       CompTIA Certifications

    In addition to the Cisco certifications, you will receive two certifications from CompTIA: the A+ and Network+ upon passing your exams. As with the Cisco certifications, these certifications are globally recognised, meaning you can work any where in the world with them. CompTIA certifications are held in high regard by IT employers and IT recruiters. Click here to view salary and employment information.

      Career Program

    As part of your course, you will get access to our Career Program to help you into work upon completion of your course. The Career Program includes: cover letter and CV preparation, Linkedin account creation, full career assessment, employment case management, active job search, short-listing for job roles, coordination with employers to secure employment opportunities, completion of application forms for IT roles, and interview planning and preparation. Click here to learn more about the Career Program.

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    Course syllabus

    1. CompTIA IT Fundamentals FC0-U61 (NO EXAM)

    IT Concepts and Terminology
    Understand the basics of computing
    Understand basic terminology
    Comprehend notational systems
    Explain the value of data and troubleshooting
    Setting up and installing common peripheral devices
    Applications and Software
    Manage applications software
    Understand various components of an operating system
    Explain the purpose of methods of application architecture
    Software Development
    Comprehend programming language categories
    Interpret logic
    Understand the purpose of programming concepts
    Database Fundamentals
    Explain database concepts
    Explain structures
    Explain purpose
    Understand methods used to interface
    Understand confidentiality
    Understand integrity
    Understand availability concerns of secure devices
    Understand best practice methods of secure devices

    2. CompTIA A+ 220-1101 and 1102 (2 EXAMS INCLUDED)

    CompTIA A+ 220-1101


    Module 1 – CompTIA A+ 220-1101 Devices, Setups, and Installs
    1.1 Introduction to the Course, Meet the Instructor
    1.2 Appropriate Safety Procedures
    1.3 PC Components
    1.4 Guidelines for PC Disassembly
    1.5 Motherboards
    1.6 CPU Sockets
    1.7 PCI Bus
    1.8 Storage Bus (SATA and IDE)
    1.9 Discussing PC Components
    1.10 Common Connection Interfaces
    1.11 Wired and Wireless Connection Standards
    1.12 Install Peripheral Devices
    1.13 Guidelines and Discussion for Installing Peripheral Devices
    Module 2 – CompTIA A+ 220-1101 Displays and Multimedia Devices
    2.1 Displays and Multimedia
    2.2 Display Device Connections and Cables
    2.3 Discussing Display Device Installation and Configuration
    2.4 Troubleshoot Display Devices
    2.5 Guidelines for Troubleshooting Display Devices
    2.6 Discussing Display Device Troubleshooting
    2.7 Install and Configure Multimedia Devices
    2.8 Discussing Multimedia Device Installation and Configuration
    Module 3 – CompTIA A+ 220-1101 Supporting Multiple Drive Types
    3.1 Supporting Multiple Drive Types and Memory
    3.2 Memory Types
    3.3 RAM Types
    3.4 Memory Modules
    3.5 DIMM and SO-DIMM Technologies
    3.6 Parity and ECC RAM
    3.7 Memory Compatibility Issues
    3.8 Discussing System Memory Installation
    3.9 Install and Configure Mass Storage Devices
    3.10 Storage Adapters and Cables
    3.11 Solid State Drives
    3.12 Guidelines for Installing Mass Storage Devices
    3.13 Discussing Mass Storage Device Installation and Configuration
    3.14 Install and Configure Removable Storage
    3.15 Discussing Removable Storage Device Installation and Configuration
    3.16 Configure RAID
    3.17 RAID Configuration Options
    3.18 Discussing RAID Configuration
    3.19 Troubleshoot Storage Devices
    3.20 Boot Failures
    3.21 Discussing Storage Device Troubleshooting
    Module 4 – CompTIA A+ 220-1101 Accounting for CPUs and Internal Components
    4.1 Install Upgrade CPUs
    4.2 Multiprocessing and Multicore Processors
    4.3 Discussing CPU Upgrades
    4.4 Configure and Update BIOS UEFI
    4.5 Discussing BOIS-UEFI Configuration and Updates
    4.6 Install Power Supplies
    4.7 Discussing Power Supply Installation
    4.8 Troubleshoot Internal System Components
    4.9 POST and Boot Problems
    4.10 Boot Troubleshooting and Log Entries
    4.11 Motherboard Component Problems
    4.12 Discussing System Component Troubleshooting
    Module 5 – CompTIA A+ 220-1101 All About Network Theories
    5.1 Wired Networks
    5.2 Common Ethernet Network Implementations
    5.3 Taps and Mirrors
    5.4 Discussing Wired Networks
    5.5 Network Hardware Devices
    5.6 Switches
    5.7 Power Over Ethernet
    5.8 Discussing Network Hardware Devices
    5.9 Wireless Networks
    5.10 Access Points and Wireless Network Modes
    5.11 Discussing Wireless Networks
    5.12 Internet Connection Types
    5.13 Wireless Internet Service Providers WISP
    5.14 Discussing Internet Connection Types
    5.15 Network Configuration Concepts
    5.16 The TCIP-IP Protocol Suite
    5.17 Internet Protocol and IP Addressing
    5.18 Public and Private IP Addresses
    5.19 IPv6
    5.20 Discussing Network Configuration Concepts
    5.21 Network Services
    5.22 DNS
    5.23 Dynamic and Static IP Configurations
    5.24 DNS Records MX and A
    5.25 Web Servers and HTTP-HTTPS
    5.26 Discussing Network Services
    Module 6 – CompTIA A+ 220-1101 Network Operations and Diagnostics
    6.1 Configuring and Troubleshooting Networks
    6.2 Network Connections in Windows
    6.3 Install and Configure SOHO Networks
    6.4 Configure SOHO Network Security
    6.5 Firewalls
    6.6 Port Forwarding and Port Triggering
    6.7 Windows Firewall
    6.8 Network Security and Embedded Appliances
    6.9 Configure Remote Access
    6.10 Discussing Remote Access Configuration
    6.11 Troubleshoot Network Connections
    6.12 IP Configuration Issues
    6.13 Routing Issues
    6.14 Discussing Network Connection Troubleshooting
    Module 7 – CompTIA A+ 220-1101 Cloud and Virtualization Computing
    7.1 Configure Client-Side Virtualisation
    7.2 Hypervisors
    7.3 Processor Support and Resource Requirements
    7.4 Virtual Networks
    7.5 Client-Side Virtualization
    7.6 Cloud Computing Concepts
    7.7 Internal and External Shared Resources
    7.8 Cloud Service Options
    7.9 Virtual Desktops
    7.10 Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
    7.11 Discussing Cloud Computing Concepts
    Module 8 – CompTIA A+ 220-1101 Laptop Features and Troubleshooting
    8.1 Use Laptop Features
    8.2 Expansion Options
    8.3 Discussing Laptop Features
    8.4 Install and Configure Laptop Hardware
    8.5 Discussing Laptop Hardware Installation and Configuration
    8.6 Troubleshoot Common Laptop Issues
    8.7 Discussing Troubleshooting Common laptop Issues
    Module 9 – CompTIA A+ 220-1101 Syncing and Setup of Mobile Devices
    9.1 Syncing and Setup of Mobile Devices
    9.2 Connect and Configure Mobile Devices
    9.3 Configure Mobile Device Network Connectivity
    9.4 Mobile VPN Configuration
    9.5 Email Configuration Options
    9.6 Discussing Mobile Device Network Connectivity Configuration
    9.7 Support Mobile Apps
    9.8 Discussing Mobile App Support
    Module 10 – CompTIA A+ 220-1101 All Things Printing
    10.1 All Things Printing
    10.2 Discussing Laser Printer Maintenance
    10.3 Maintain Inkjet Printers
    10.4 Discussing Inkjet Printer Maintenance
    10.5 Maintain Impact, Thermal, and 3D Printers
    10.6 Discussing Impact, Thermal, and 3D Printer Maintenance
    10.7 Install and Configure Printers
    10.8 Discussing Printer Installation and Configuration
    10.9 Troubleshoot Print Device Issues
    10.10 Install and Configure Imaging Devices
    10.11 Discussing Device Installation and Configuration

    CompTIA A+ 220-1102

    Module 1 – CompTIA A+ 220-1102 Operating System Management
    1.1 Introduction to the Course, Meet the Instructor
    1.2 Identify Common Operating Systems
    1.3 Microsoft Windows
    1.4 Work and Education Features
    1.5 Windows System Limits
    1.6 Apple Operating Systems
    1.7 Linux Disk and File Management
    1.8 Discussing OS Types
    1.9 Use Windows Features and Tools
    1.10 Administrative Tools
    1.11 Manage Files in Windows
    1.12 System Hierarchies
    1.13 File Attributes
    1.14 Discussing Windows Features and Tools
    1.15 Manage Disks in Windows
    1.16 Discussing File Management in Windows
    1.17 The Windows Disk Management Console
    1.18 Discussing Windows Disk Management
    1.19 Manage Devices in Windows
    1.20 Device Manager
    1.21 Discussing Windows Device Manager
    Module 2 – CompTIA A+ 220-1102 Configuring and installing the OS
    2.1 Configuring and Installing the OS
    2.2 Installation Boot Methods
    2.3 Disk Formatting and Partitioning
    2.4 Networking Considerations
    2.5 Post Installation Tasks
    2.6 OS Installation Types
    2.7 Unattended Installations
    2.8 Maintain OSs
    2.9 OS Updates
    2.10 Anti-Malware Updates
    2.11 Scheduled Backups
    2.12 Task Schedulers part 1
    2.13 Task Schedulers part 2
    2.14 Install Windows 10 Demonstration
    2.15 Discussing OS Maintenance
    Module 3 – CompTIA A+ 220-1102 Tools to Troubleshoot and Maintain the OS
    3.1 Install and Manage Windows Applications
    3.2 Windows OS Tools
    3.3 Application and Print Services
    3.4 Task Manager
    3.5 Manage Windows Performance
    3.6 Windows Performance Management Tools
    3.7 Troubleshoot Windows
    3.8 Event Viewer
    3.9 The System Configuration Utility
    3.10 Troubleshooting Tips Boot Process
    3.11 Troubleshooting Tips for Windows System Issues
    3.12 Blue Screens and Spontaneous Shutdowns
    3.13 Troubleshooting Tips for File and Memory Corruption
    3.14 Safe Boot
    3.15 System Repair Disc
    3.16 System Restore
    3.17 Guidelines for Troubleshooting Windows Issues
    Module 4 – CompTIA A+ 220-1102 Network Management Tools
    4.1 Network Management Tools
    4.2 Network Connectivity
    4.3 IP Addressing and Connection Types
    4.4 Proxy Settings
    4.5 Windows Client Configuration
    4.6 Location Services
    4.7 Firewalls
    4.8 Network Troubleshooting
    4.9 Remote Desktop Tools
    4.10 Desktop Management and Remote Monitoring Tools
    4.11 Discussion Topics
    Module 5 – CompTIA A+ 220-1102 Sharing Resources and Wrights Management
    5.1 Sharing Resources and Wrights Management
    5.2 User Group Accounts
    5.3 Local Security Policy
    5.4 SSO and Credential Manager
    5.5 Workgroups and Homegroups
    5.6 Network and Sharing Centre
    5.7 Network Share Configuration
    5.8 NTSF File and Folder Permissions
    5.9 Configure Active Directory Accounts and Policies
    5.10 Domain Membership and Group Policy Objects
    5.11 Basic AD Functions
    5.12 Account Locks and Password Resets
    Module 6 – CompTIA A+ 220-1102 Threats and Security Measures
    6.1 Threats and Security Measures
    6.2 Logical Security Concepts
    6.3 Encryption
    6.4 PKI and Certificates
    6.5 Execution Control
    6.6 NAC
    6.7 Discussing Logical Security Concepts
    6.8 Threats and Vulnerabilities
    6.9 Types of Password Attacks
    6.10 Discussing Threats and Vulnerabilities
    6.11 Physical Security Controls
    6.12 Discussing Physical Security Measures
    Module 7 – CompTIA A+ 220-1102 Policies to Protect Data
    7.1 Policies to Protect Data
    7.2 Implement Security Best Practices
    7.3 Guidelines for Implementing Security Best Practices
    7.4 Discussing Security Best Practices Implementation
    7.5 Implement Data Protection Policies
    7.6 ACLs and Directory Permissions
    7.7 Full Disk Encryption
    7.8 Guidelines for Implementing Data Protection Policies
    7.9 Discussing Data Protection Policies
    7.10 Protect Data During Incident Response
    7.11 Discussing Data Protection During Incident Response
    Module 8 – CompTIA A+ 220-1102 Prevent Malware and Security Threats
    8.1 Prevent Malware and Security Threats
    8.2 Detect, Remove, and Prevent Malware
    8.3 Trojan Horses and Spyware
    8.4 Sources of Malware Infection
    8.5 Best Practices for Malware Removal
    8.6 Discussing Detecting, Removing, and Preventing Malware Infections
    8.7 Troubleshoot Common Workstation Security Issues
    8.8 Discussing Troubleshoot Common Workstation Security Issues
    Module 9 – CompTIA A+ 220-1102 Supporting and Troubleshooting Mobile Devices
    9.1 Supporting and Troubleshooting Mobile Devices
    9.2 Secure Mobile Devices
    9.3 IOT Internet of Things
    9.4 Discussing Mobile Device Security
    9.5 Troubleshoot Mobile Device Issues
    9.6 Mobile Device Security Troubleshooting
    9.7 Discussing Troubleshooting Mobile Devices
    Module 10 – CompTIA A+ 220-1102 Implementing Operational Procedures
    10.1 Implementing Operational Procedures
    10.2 Environmental Impacts and Controls
    10.3 Discussing Environmental Impact and Controls
    10.4 Create and Maintain Documentation
    10.5 Discussing Documentation Creation and Maintenance
    10.6 Use Basic Change Management Best Practices
    10.7 Discussing Change Management Best Practices
    10.8 Implement Disaster Prevention and Recovery Methods
    10.9 Discussing Implement Disaster Prevention and Recovery Methods
    10.10 Basic Scripting Concepts
    10.11 Discussing Scripting
    10.12 Professionalism and Communication
    10.13 Discussing Professionalism and Communication Skills

    3. CompTIA Network+ N10-008 (1 EXAM)

    OSI Model
    OSI And TCP-IP Models
    Network Topologies
    Network Types
    Service Provider Links
    Copper Cables And Connections
    Fibre Cables And Connections
    Ethernet Standards
    Cable Management
    IP Addressing Schemes And Contexts
    IP Addressing IPv4
    IP Addressing Subnetting Basics
    IP Addressing Subnetting Example
    IP Addressing Subnetting Scenarios
    IP Addressing IPv6
    Protocols And Ports
    Network Services
    Network Services DNS
    Datacenter Network Architecture
    Cloud And Networking Concepts
    Networking And Networked Devices
    Routing And Bandwidth Management
    Ethernet Switching
    Wireless Infrastructure
    Wireless Encryption Standards
    802.11 Standards
    Cellular Technologies
    Performance Metrics
    Interface Statistics
    Device Logs
    Environmental Factors
    Plans And Procedures
    Plans And Procedures – BCDR
    Security Policies
    Organizational Documentation
    High Availability And Disaster Recovery
    Security Concepts
    Security – Cryptography Basics
    Security – Defense In Depth
    Security – Authentication Methods
    Security – Assessment Types
    Technology-Based Attacks
    Remote Connections
    Social Engineering
    Virtual Private Networks
    Physical Security
    Network Hardening – Best Practices
    Network Hardening – Wireless Security
    Troubleshooting – Identify The Problem
    Troubleshooting – Establish And Test A Theory
    Troubleshooting – Plan And Implement A Solution
    Troubleshooting – Verify System Functionality
    Troubleshooting – Document The Issue
    Cabling Tools
    Cabling Issues
    Network Software Tools
    Troubleshooting With Ping
    IP Addressing Commands
    DNS Troubleshooting Commands
    Route Troubleshooting Commands
    Information Gathering Commands
    Additional Network Commands
    Wireless Network Issues
    Addressing Issues
    Network Service Issues
    Routing And Switching Issues

    4. Cisco CCNA (200-301) (1 EXAM)

    Networking Components: Overview
    Networking Components: Routers And Switches
    Networking Components: NGFW And NGIPS
    Networking Components: Cisco DNA Center
    Networking Components: WLCs And Access Points
    Networking Components: Servers And Endpoints
    Networking Topology Architectures: Overview
    Network Topology Architectures: Data Center
    Networking Topology Architectures: WAN
    Networking Topology Architecture: Cloud
    Networking Topology Architectures: SOHO
    Layer 1: Interfaces And Cabling
    Layer 1: Interfaces And Cabling Part 2
    Layer 1: Interfaces And Cabling Part 3
    Identifying Layer 1 Issues
    Identifying Layer 1 Issues Part 2
    Networking Protocols
    Networking Protocols Part 2
    IP Addressing: Overview
    IP Addressing: IPv4 Basics
    IP Addressing: IPv4 Configuration
    IP Addressing: IPv4 Subnetting Review
    IP Addressing: IPv4 Subnetting Class C
    IP Address: IPv4 Subnetting Class B
    IP Addressing: IPv4 Subnetting Class A
    IP Addressing: VLSM
    IP Addressing: IPv6 Basics And Address Types
    IP Addressing: IPv6 Basics And Address Types Pt.2
    IP Addressing: IPv6 Configuration
    IP Addressing: Client OS
    Virtualization Fundamentals
    Virtualization Fundamentals Part 2
    Network Access Overview
    Cisco Switching: Basic Concepts
    Cisco Switching: VLAN Configurations
    Cisco Switch: VLAN Configurations Part 2
    Cisco Switching: Interswitch Connectivity
    Cisco Switching: Interswitch Connectivity Part 2
    Cisco Switching: L2 Discovery Protocols
    Cisco Switching: L2 Discovery Protocols Part 2
    Cisco Switching: L2 Etherchannel Configuration
    Cisco Switching: L2 Etherchannel Config Pt.2
    Cisco Switching: L3 Etherchannel Configuration
    Cisco Switching: Spanning Tree Protocol Basics
    Cisco Switching: STP Operations
    Cisco Switching: STP Configuring RPVSTplus
    Cisco Switching: STP Portfast And BPDUguard
    Cisco Wireless Basics
    Cisco Wireless Architecture
    Cisco WLAN Components
    Cisco WLC Configuration
    Cisco Wireless Management Access
    IP Connectivity: Overview
    IP Connectivity: Routing Basics
    IP Connectivity: IPv4 Static Default, Net Routes
    IP Connectivity: IPv4 Static Host, Floating Routes
    IP Connectivity: IPv6 Static Default, Net Routes
    IP Connectivity: IPv6 Static Host, Floating Routes
    IP Connectivity: Dynamic Routing Basics
    IP Connectivity: Single Area OSPFv2
    IP Connectivity: Single Area OSPFv2 Part 2
    IP Connectivity: First Hop Redundancy Protocols
    IP Connectivity: First Hop Redundancy Proto Pt2
    IP Services Overview
    IP Services: Configuring, Verifying NAT
    IP Services: Configuring, Verifying NAT Pt.2
    IP Services: Configuring NTP
    IP Services: DNS And DHCP
    IP Services: DNS And DHCP Part 2
    IP Services: Configuring SNMP
    IP Services: Understanding Syslog
    IP Services: Understanding PHB For QoS
    IP Services: Configuring SSH
    IP Services: Using FTP And TFTP
    Security Fundamentals Overview
    Key Security Concepts
    Security Program Components
    Security Password Policy Components
    Intro To AAA Security
    Understanding VPN Types
    Configuring And Verifying Standard ACLs
    Configuring And Verifying Extended ACLs
    Configuring And Verifying Named ACLs
    Configuring Port Security-Static
    Configuring Port Security-Sticky
    Configuring DHCP Snooping And DAI
    Automation And Programmability Overview
    Intro To Network Programmability
    Intro To SDN Architectures
    Intro To API Concepts
    Intro To REST-Based APIs
    Intro To Cisco DNA Center
    Intro To Config Management Utilities
    Interpret JSON Encoded Data


    Who are CompTIA?


    CompTIA are one of the two certification bodies that will be awarding your certifications upon the successful passing of your exams. CompTIA is a globally recognised certification body, allowing you to take your certifications any where on the planet and have them acknowledged and accepted.


    Examples of course certifications

    Above are two examples of the certifications you can gain through this course: the CompTIA Network+ and Cisco CCNA certification. All certifications in this course are globally recognised, allowing you to work throughout the world.

    Learn why now is a great time to get Cisco certified.


    MeasureUP practice tests included


    As part of this course, you will get access to MeasureUP practice tests to help prepare you for your exams. MeasureUP practice tests are endorsed by a range of certification bodies such as CompTIA, Microsoft, and Cisco.

    Features of MeasureUP practice tests


    • Questions are similar to exam questions, allowing you to test your knowledge of exam objectives
    • Detailed explanations for both correct and distractor answers reinforce the material
    • ‘Practice Mode’ covers all objectives ensuring topics are covered
    • ‘Certification Mode’ (timed) prepares students for exam taking conditions
    • Instant, drill-down score reports tell you exactly the areas to focus on


    Watch this video to learn more about MeasureUP practice tests.


    How long do I have to complete the course?


    You have 12 months to complete the courses and take the exams.

    Potential future career paths


    • Cisco Network Associate
    • Cisco Network Engineer
    • Cisco Support Engineer
    • Cisco Network Technician
    • Network Engineer
    • Network Infrastructure Engineer
    • Field Network Engineer
    • Network Support Engineer
    • Network Configuration Engineer
    • Network Consultant
    • Network Analyst
    • Network Manager
    • Network Security Analyst
    • Network Security Technician
    • Network Security Auditor