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    Personal Learning Account, Computing, Digital Technologies and Games Development, IT and Media
  • Course Length

    3 semesters of 15 weeks duration (3.5 hours per week)

  • Course Type
  • Bilingual

Course Description

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 3 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 Criteria

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).

Campus Information Rhos-on-Sea

CCNA is made up of two parts.

Part 1: CCNA Networking 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 Networking Academy website which contains the Cisco CCNA curriculum. The majority of the course material can be accessed through any web browser. However, you will need a laptop or desktop computer to install the Packet Tracer software (which is available for Windows, Linux and macOS) which is an important part of the learning experience.

Each of the semesters involves approximately 15 modules of material which are assessed via online assessments (through the Networking Academy), a short research report and a practical test completed using Packet Tracer.

On completion of all three semesters, you will have the opportunity to take a Practice Certification Exam.

Part 2: CCNA Certification Exam - the formal Cisco CCNA certification exam is available online. Before attempting this exam (which has a pass mark of around 80-85%), you will need to revise the material you have studied.

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