Is this course right for me?

This course is for people who want to formalise their practical IT skills by achieving a recognised qualification, or self-starters who have confidence in their abilities and want to learn a new subject area.

The programme is divided into 4 semesters, each semester lasting 15 weeks, and consisting of 3.5 hours class contact per week with a tutor. In addition to this, students generally work for an extra 2-4 hours per week on the material at home.

The Cisco courses are made up of level 4 and level 5 material, which includes the Cisco syllabus comprising online materials and written research reports along with practical hands-on assessments.

More detailed information is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.

Entry requirements:

There are no defined course pre-requisites as this is intended to be a comprehensive introduction to networking.

Candidates who succeed tend to have the following profile:

  • self-motivated
  • reasonably numerate (have achieved GCE/GCSE Maths or level 3 Numeracy Key Skill)
  • good organisation skills
  • ability to work unsupervised
  • analytical
  • have a genuine interest in IT
  • have succeeded in a vocational/academic course at Level 3 (HND-C/National Certificate/equivalent vocational qualification)

If you don’t match the above profile, don’t worry, as you may still be able to achieve Cisco, but you will probably need to do additional work outside classes, on top of the recommended 2-4 hours per week. 

All places are subject to satisfactory interview.


CCNA stands for Cisco Certified Network Associate and is an accredited course devised and assessed by Cisco.

The CCNA programme is divided into 3 semesters (CCNA 1-3), each being delivered in a 15-week block.

  • CCNA1 – Introduction to Networks
  • CCNA2 – Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials
  • CCNA3 – Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation

The sessions consist of lectures, practicals and simulations where you can experiment and learn the different areas. There are on-line exams to complete and the majority of materials are available on-line which enables you to work outside of the classroom. A lecturer will be available in person/via email to answer any questions and resolve any problems during your time at college. You may also have peer support from other learners who have studied the module you are studying and have successfully progressed onto the next module.

The course is supported through the College’s Virtual learning Environment called Moodle. Students will be able to access lecture materials, handouts, forums etc. through any Internet connection.


  • Assessment is by on-line tests and practical work.

More detailed information is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.


You could progress onto the next level of CCNA and Microsoft Academy programmes (MCSA/MCTS/MTA).

Additional campus/course information:

  • Rhos-on-Sea

    CCNA is made up of two parts.

    Part 1: CCNA Academy Curriculum - this is provided by a range of academies (including Coleg Llandrillo) throughout the world. Their (and our) mandate is to use the CCNA programme to provide students with a broad grounding in the fundamental principles of networking (cabling, networking theory, mathematical numbering systems, electronics, network design, networking device configuration and client pc configuration are some of the subjects covered – see below for more information).

    On enrolment onto the CCNA course you will be given access (through your own login id and password) to the Cisco website which contains the Cisco curriculum (in an html/flash) format. You will therefore need a PC at home with a web browser and the Shockwave/Flash plugin in order to access the curriculum from home.

    Each of the semesters involves approximately 15 chapters of material which are assessed via multiple choice exams (administered through Cisco’s website), lab (practical test) and case studies.

    On completion of all of the chapter tests (guide “pass” mark is 70%) labs and case study you will be expected to sit and pass an end of chapter multiple choice exam (pass mark is 70%), the questions for which are taken from the end of chapter tests.

    Part 2: CCNA Exam - this is for students who have achieved each of the semester tests, completed the labs and the case study. On completion of the curriculum you can sit the CCNA final assessment. The level of this exam is a bit higher than the course, and requires some extra study.