Computing (Networking)

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Qualification type: Foundation Degree
Level: Level 5
Awarding body EDEXCEL
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 2 years
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

An award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Darlington College where network specialists are vital to the provision, operation and management of networked computer systems. Networks are central to the Internet of Everything allowing online communications between colleagues and to the overall competitiveness and success of a business. The networking modules are delivered using industry recognised training materials provided by CISCO, a marked leader in networking hardware. The course requires two modules of Work Based Learning to be undertaken to give students an opportunity to gain new skills in a work setting.

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Entry requirements

You will need a Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject, or an equivalent qualification equal to 120 (previous) or 48 (existing) UCAS points. Work experience will also be taken into account.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please complete the UCAS Online Application Form. Your offers will be made on “Track” which is the UCAS Online system.

Studying and learning

Course content currently includes:

  • Business Application Technologies
  • Networking Theory and Concepts (CISCO CCNA 1)
  • Principles of Maintaining Computer Systems (CISCO IT Essentials)
  • Routers and Routing Protocols
  • The IT Professional
  • Work Based Learning 1
  • Advanced IT Professional
  • LAN Switching
  • VLANS and Wireless Networks (CISCO CCNA 3)
  • Managing a Server Environment
  • Network and Systems Administration
  • Wide Area Networks
  • Work Based Learning 2

* Please note that this programme is subject to a revalidation process this year and some course content may change as a result.

How will I be assessed

In most cases the module learning outcomes will be assessed through a case study (in course assessment), or written reports.

What next

You could progress onto Teesside University's Honours Degree in Computing.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Darlington College.

Course fee is paid directly to Teesside. Full details of course fees are available from Teesside University. The finance department can be reached on 01642 342172.

All fees are per year.

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What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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