This is an industry certification course at Level 2 (GCSE). In Cisco IT Essentials you will learn about computer components, how to identify different components, and how to strip and rebuild a computer. You will learn how to load operating systems and software to make your computer work effectively. You will learn about printers, tablets and smart phones and their operating systems. You will also learn about viruses, worms and security.This is an industry certification course at Level 3. This course will only apply to students who have successfully completed the Cisco IT Essentials and PNIE courses within the targeted time period.
What will I study?
This course is similar to the Cisco IT Essentials course. The course material is very much the same but with more focus on the finer detail. The course is split into two parts: hardware and software. The hardware side will be familiar as it is mostly covered in the IT Essentials course. The software component has additional material that will be studied.
How is the course structured and graded?
Students will follow the CompTIA Certmaster Revision program. This is an online question and answer program. At the end of the course students will sit two external exams at a Pearson Vue Exam Centre. Passing requirements are different depending on the exam.
All course materials are available online. Students will become members of the Cisco Network Academy and will be able to access the material from anywhere with an internet connection. Students will also have a study guide (a question and answer sheet) that will be available through Google Classroom. All study guides will have to be completed within a stipulated deadline. All work and information is thus available to both students and parents at all times.
Will the courses be suitable for me?
If you are interested in computers and enjoy subjects with a large practical element then you will enjoy this subject. Do take note than none of the courses have large written parts and there is no course work in any of these. If you are prepared to work hard, our courses will offer you a route to a bright future. These are intensive courses and students have to work hard.
What could these courses lead to?
Students normally continue with the Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching course in our Sixth Form. Students that may find the CCNA course difficult will be able to follow on with Networking Essentials course. At the end, the main focus is to gain a proper IT apprenticeship. Many of our students have found their way to an apprenticeship and successful career in the IT Sector.
There is a termly fee of £80
Accepted for entry to CCNA at Sixth Form