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Computing, Networking & Hardware Diploma BTEC Level 3 at The Emmbrook School

Course description

The course focuses on essential skills necessary to work in the IT industry. These include: networking and cabling skills; PC and laptop repair and maintenance; advanced switching and routing (CISCO CCNA); high-end computing (gaming technology).

This is a ‘hands-on’ course for techies; you don’t need a background in hardware, but should be enthusiastic about computing hardware. There is a shortage of suitably qualified networking professionals and network security is a growing area where demand outstrips supply.

In addition, this BTEC also comes with UCAS points for those who might be interested in going to university.

Successful candidates will achieve PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION. Most of the assessment is via coursework, but there are online multiple-choice assessments required by the CISCO component.

Course content

Year 1 Computer Systems 1 Understand the components of computer systems 2 Be able to recommend computer systems for a business purpose 3 Be able to set up and maintain computer systems. CCNA1 1 Understand the diverse types of network systems and devices in common use and how the different technologies operate and communicate 2 Understand basic security and its impact on the user 3 Be able to configure and troubleshoot cross network communication Year 2 CCNA2 1 Be able to identify and understand routing protocols 2 Configure a router to communicate with a Wide Area Network infrastructure 3 Test and troubleshoot a network system 4 Implement address management. Communication and Employability Skills for IT 1 Understand the personal attributes valued by employers 2 Understand the principles of effective communication 3 Be able to use IT to communicate effectively 4 Be able to address personal development needs.

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE Mathematics. Grade C in GCSE Computing if taken.

Future opportunities

Demand for networking and security professionals outstrips supply and this trend is likely to continue. You may choose to continue improving your skills by further specialising; following one of the many professional pathways CISCO has to offer, for example, CCNP or CCIE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Emmbrook School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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