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About the course

The Cisco CNA Routing and Switching curriculum is designed for Cisco Networking Academy® students who are seeking entry-level jobs in the ICT industry or hope to fulfil prerequisites to pursue more specialised ICT skills.

CCNA Routing and Switching provides an integrated and comprehensive coverage of networking topics, from fundamentals to advanced applications and services, while providing opportunities for hands-on practical experience and career skills development. The CCNA Routing and Switching validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.

Students will be prepared to take the Cisco CENT certification exam after completing the first two courses and the CCNA Routing and Switching certification exam after completing all four courses. The curriculum also helps students develop workforce readiness skills and builds a foundation for success in networking-related careers and degree programs.


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Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are:
Unit fee - £495

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. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

Optional costs:
External Exam Fee at Pearson Vue Test Centre  subject to amendment: £185

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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

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How to apply

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What you'll study

Course units

CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks

This unit introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks.

CCNA 2: Routing and Switching Essentials

This unit describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network.

CCNA 3: Scaling Networks

This unit describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a larger and more complex network.

CCNA 4: Connecting Networks

This module discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network.


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


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Each period is taught through a combination of online learning and practical hands-on experience in our specially designed Cisco laboratories.

The programme is a comprehensive e-learning programme which provides students with the internet technology skills essential in a global economy.

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