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Computer networks at Solent

Well-qualified network engineers are in high demand across many organisations for setting up, developing and maintaining computer networks to ensure data is transferred across digital and telecommunications networks.

With industry-standard facilities and a regular programme of guest lecturers, at Solent you’ll be supported to develop the specialist knowledge you need for a fantastic career in the computing industry.

Our degrees will support you to develop an in-depth understanding of the major components and principles underpinning computer network technologies, so that you can offer support to users – who could be staff, clients, customers and suppliers – and troubleshoot any problems that arise.

As a partner of Cisco Networking Academy, our courses also embed industry-recognised professional qualifications including CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, Cisco Cybersecurity Essentials, Cisco CyberOps and PCAP Python to equip you with the practical and technical skills in high demand by industry.

You’ll be taught by a team of passionate, friendly and research-active qualified academics who work at the forefront of the field. Our academics are also fellows of the Higher Education Academy, as well as Cisco-certified instructors.

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BSc (Hons) Computer Networks Engineering

Well-qualified network engineers are in high demand and this degree is delivered in partnership with Cisco Networking Academy providing essential skills for the computing industry.

HNC Network Engineer

Computer networks are an integral part of almost every organisation and business, this course helps prepare you with the skills and know-how to work in this fast-moving industry.


Throughout your studies, you will be working in our high-tech computer networking labs with industry-standard facilities, featuring a wide variety of equipment.

With hardware such as Cisco routers and switches, CCNA and CCNP bundles, multi-vendor network devices and high-performance servers. The lab machines are also equipped with a multitude of academic and commercial software including Cisco Packet Tracer, OPNet, VMWare, Open NMS, Wireshark, and GNS3 in Windows and Linux environments. The lab machines can also be configured flexibly to implement and test computer networks and learn advanced technologies, such as software-defined networks, cloud computing, virtualisation and the ‘Internet of Things’.

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