Overview

Developed in partnership with Cisco Systems, Palo Alto Networks and CompTIA you will build relevant skills and knowledge that employers need in a range of professional IT careers related to networking, Cybersecurity and coding with this Foundation Degree, this would lay the groundwork for further professional and academic education and a successful future career in the industry.

Enhance your aptitude and ability if you are already working in networking, cybersecurity or coding or start developing your expertise for a career in this field, and gain vendor certifications in industry standard products like Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), (CCSA) Cisco Certified Security Associate. Additionally, you can complete the Linux+ (LPI) and Administration qualifications that are often requested by the IT industry.
Advance your vocational skills (practical) in networking with Cisco Systems and Security, increase or learn new skills in cybersecurity using Palo Alto Firewall Equipment and coding of language such as Python and gain more skills within the infrastructure, implementation of active directory and troubleshooting. Develop the use of the latest versions of Windows and Windows Server operating system and Linux Client/Server Distros.

On completion of this course you will receive a Foundation degree in Computer Network Engineering. You will then be able to complete a top-up year to study towards a BSc in Computer Network Engineering.

Location
City Campus Manchester
Attendance
Full Time
Duration
2 years
Start
September 2022
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are UCEN Manchester alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject

• Students that have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered

• We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4.

• 64 UCAS Tariff Points
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.
An interview is required for those applying who do not meet the entry requirement.
You will be asked to write a 500-word academic report and/or a practical assessment to gain an understanding of your writing and technical skills prior to the course.

Cyber Security Concepts (15 credits)
This unit will provide students with the underpinning knowledge and skills to begin the journey within network security. Students who complete this unit will be able to identify security threats, vulnerabilities, and help respond to and recover from security incidents. In addition, students will gain knowledge in designing and building secure networks necessary to plan and implement small secure networks across a range of applications using routers switching technology.

Employment and Academic Development in Technology (30 credits)
This unit will support student transition to graduate level study and professional careers. It will focus on developing and re-enforcing critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills and preparing Students vocationally by enhancing their knowledge and skills to inform existing or potential professional careers. The unit will support students in developing employability skills and aid them in developing their professionalism in relation to their subject area.

Introduction to Networks (15 credits)
The aim of this unit is to introduce the student to the fundamentals of networking concepts and technologies. The unit materials will assist the student in developing the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications, using routing and switching technology

Introduction to Operating Systems (30 credits)
Students will be able to competently operate any given Operating System and undertake routine maintenance tasks, whilst developing analytical and critical thinking skills to aid in their employment.

Introduction to Programming (15 credits)
This unit introduces fundamental concepts of computer programming. The unit includes the principles and practice of programming design, the implementation, and testing of programming solutions, and the concepts and principles of problem solving by computer.

Routing and Switching Essentials (15 credits)
The aim of this unit is to introduce the student to the workings of corporate Routers and Switches in networking and highlight the concepts and the technologies used. The unit materials will assist the student in developing the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications, using routers and switching technology
A range of assessment methods are used and could be in the form of the following:
• Reports
• Oral presentations
• Group work
• Practical assignments
• Time constrained tests
• Peer assessment
• Live industry briefs.

Each module is structure is broken down as follows:
• Summative Assessment 25%
• Directed Study 30%
• Student-centred Learning 45%
We would strongly recommend access to a laptop or computer to be able to undertake independent study.

A External 1TB Hard Drive is required

Required and essential items for programme and cost.

These are costs outside of academic books, printing costs and any other standard students related costs and are related specifically to the subject they are studying.

Examples of materials that would benefit study:
Cable Continuity Tester: £10 - £60
Cisco LAB 2 x Routers, 2 x Switches: £200 - £600

A DBS is not required for this course.

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All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.


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