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Routing & Switching CISCO Academy CCNA Part 2

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Routing & Switching CISCO Academy CCNA Part 2

The Cisco CCNA 2: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials certification offers an in-depth understanding of the ever-evolving landscape of networking technologies including the latest advancements in switching, routing, and wireless networking. The 48-hour course is designed to equip IT professionals with advanced skills in switching, routing, and wireless networking, enabling them to design, implement, and troubleshoot complex network environments effectively.

CCNA 2 goes beyond the fundamentals, delving into advanced topics such as VLANs, inter-VLAN routing, dynamic routing protocols, and wireless networking. In addition, the curriculum follows an in-depth practical of switching and routing protocols, in which our learners optimise network performance, ensuring efficient data flow and minimising latency. This directly contributes to enhanced user experience and overall organisational productivity.

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements


  • Cisco IT Essentials
  • CompTIA A+
  • 12 months or more experience in an IT support-related role


  • CompTIA Security+
  • 12 Months or more experience in a networking role

What qualification will I gain?

Cisco CCNA 2: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials certification.

How will I be assessed?

  • A weekly chapter summative exam.
  • Cisco CCNA 2: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials certification.

Why study?

Our industry experienced teaching staff will provide you with a comprehensive instructor led, classroom-based delivery. Each session will comprise of theory and practical-based delivery and activities. Join us in class for:

Practical Experience: Our dedicated computing classrooms are equipped with a range of IT technologies to give you real-world experience in a controlled environment.

Structured Learning: Our classroom environments provide a structured learning approach, ensuring comprehensive coverage of the material.

Expert Guidance: Our award-winning teaching staff are experienced instructors who will clarify complex concepts and provide personalised feedback.

Immediate Support: On-the-spot assistance with questions and technical issues, will help enhance the overall learning experience and memory retention.

Peer Interaction: Collaborating with the other learners and peers will enhance understanding through discussion and group activities.

Course content

What will I study?

CCNA 2 builds on the foundational knowledge gained in CCNA 1 and prepares you for more advanced networking concepts and configurations. It focuses on switching, routing, and basic wireless technologies, providing a well-rounded understanding of network infrastructure essentials.

In Cisco CCNA 2: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials, you will delve deeper into networking concepts and technologies beyond the foundational level covered in CCNA 1.

Here are the key topics typically studied in CCNA 2:

Switched Networks:

  • VLANs (Virtual LANs)
  • VLAN trunking (802.1Q)
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • EtherChannel (Link Aggregation)

Routing Concepts:

  • Static and dynamic routing
  • Routing protocols (e.g., RIPv2, EIGRP, OSPF)
  • Inter-VLAN routing

IP Services:

  • DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol)
  • DNS (Domain Name System)
  • NAT (Network Address Translation)

Access Control Lists (ACLs):

  • Standard ACLs
  • Extended ACLs

Ethernet and Wireless LANs:

  • Ethernet LAN switching
  • Wireless LAN fundamentals (basic overview)

Network Address Translation (NAT):

  • NAT basics and configurations

IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing:

  • Subnetting review and practice
  • IPv6 addressing and subnetting

WAN Technologies:

  • Introduction to WAN technologies (e.g., PPP, HDLC)

Quality of Service (QoS):

  • QoS concepts and mechanisms

Network Troubleshooting:

  • Troubleshooting methodology
  • Common network issues and resolutions

Security Fundamentals:

  • Introduction to network security principles
  • Implementing basic security measures

Next steps

Course progression:

  • Cisco CCNA 3: Enterprise Networking, Security and Automation
  • CompTIA Security+

Career progressions:

  • Network Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Junior Network Analyst
  • Network Support Specialist
  • Network Operations Technician
  • Wireless Network Technician
  • Routing and Switching Specialist
  • LAN/WAN Administrator
  • Network Security Technician

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 04/02/2025
Type: Part Time
Length: 16 weeks
Day(s): Tuesday
Time(s): 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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Fees: £350.00

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Funding Information

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Additional Learning Support

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Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


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