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About the course

Do you want to learn how to install, configure and maintain large, multi-protocol networks? This course is 90% practically based and all taught contact time is in a specially designed Cisco network laboratory.

In partnership with Cisco Systems, the Solent University Cisco Academy delivers a comprehensive learning experience to help students develop ICT skills for career opportunities, continuing education and preparation for globally recognised career certifications.

The expertise you develop when preparing for the CCNP certification will add to your skill set and help you expand your professional options. The CCNP course provides a next step for Cisco CCNA students who want to build on their CCNA level skills.

The CCNP is an advanced course which consists of: installing, configuring and operating local and wide area networks. The focus is on developing those skills that enable students to implement scalable networks, build campus networks, create and deploy global intranets and troubleshoot in a Cisco environment.

You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Remote access to real Cisco network equipment is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

What does this course lead to?

This professional course will equip you for employment as a computer network manager or network engineer.

Who is this course for?

This advanced course is highly practical and aimed at networking professionals who are looking to further develop their career as a network manager or network engineer.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
Module fee: £825 per modules.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs:

External Exam Fee at Pearson Vue Test Centre subject to amendment: £120

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Key entry requirements

This is an open course. There are no prerequisites to study.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Applications for 2020 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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What you'll study

CCNP Route: Implementing IP routing

  • Explain complex network requirements and design models for implementing advanced routing services.
  • Implement interior and exterior routing protocols, path control, various mechanisms for controlling routing updates and traffic.
  • Describe a basic implementation for branch office and teleworker connectivity and IPV6 in an enterprise network.

CCNP Switch: Implementing IP switching

  • Assess the structure and components used to build or expand an enterprise campus network.
  • Implement monitor and maintain VLANs, inter-VLAN routing and spanning tree protocol in an enterprise campus network.
  • Describe and implement LAN security features.
  • Prepare and plan for advanced services in a campus infrastructure.

CCNP TSHOOT: Maintaining and Troubleshooting IP networks

  • Plan and document maintenance functions, develop a troubleshooting strategy, and select tools that support this.
  • Practice maintenance procedures and fault resolution in switched and routing environments.
  • Troubleshoot NAT PAT DHCP network, performance wireless connectivity, VOIP and video traffic.
  • Practice maintenance procedures and fault resolution in a secure infrastructure.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support


Remote access to real Cisco network equipment is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year via Solent University’s NETLAB so students can complete practical labs and assessment at their own convenience.

Learn how to install, configure and maintain large, multi-protocol networks.

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