CISCO CCNA Version 7.0

Entry Requirements

Whilst there are no specific entry requirements, a good understanding of how to use computers is strongly recommended. The course is aimed at anyone working in or wanting to work in computer networking.

What's Involved

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The course is part of the Darlington College Cisco Networking Academy and comprises of modules from the Cisco Certified Network Associate programme. Upon completion you will be prepared to take the CCNA certification recognised by employers as the foundation that networking careers are built upon. It will give you more career options and prepares you for network evolution in the digital era. You will gain current knowledge on all the latest technology changes and it will help you stand out to employers. Finally, certification helps to increase your salary.

Note the final CCNA certification exam is not included in the course and must be booked separately. This will incur an additional cost at the time of booking which needs to be paid by the student.


The CCNAv7 programme is a series of 3 courses:

1. CCNAv7: Introduction to Networks (ITN)

2. CCNAv7: Enterprise Networking, Security & Automation

3. CCNAv7: Switching, Routing & Wireless Essentials

Each of these courses consists of the following elements:

• Hands-on labs and Cisco Packet Tracer network simulation activities

• Videos, activities, and quizzes reinforce learning

• Exams to measure learning outcomes

• Assessment features to ensure exam security and integrity

COURSE OVERVIEW - CCNAv7: Introduction to Networks (ITN)

The first course in the CCNA curriculum introduces the architectures, models, protocols, and networking elements that connect users, devices, applications and data through the Internet and across modern computer networks – including IP addressing and Ethernet fundamentals.

By the end of the course, students can build simple local area networks (LAN) that integrate IP addressing schemes, foundational network security, and perform basic configurations for routers and switches.

• Module 1: Networking Today

• Module 2: Basic Switch and End Device Configuration

• Module 3: Protocol Models

• Module 4: Physical Layer

• Module 5: Number Systems

• Module 6: Data Link Layer

• Module 7: Ethernet Switching

• Module 8: Network Layer

• Module 9: Address Resolution

• Module 10: Basic Router Configuration

• Module 11: IPv4 Addressing

• Module 12: IPv6 Addressing

• Module 13: ICMP

• Module 14: Transport Layer

• Module 15: Application Layer

• Module 16: Network Security Fundamentals

• Module 17: Build a Small Network

• Skills Final

• Final online exam

COURSE OVERVIEW - CCNAv7: Switching, Routing & Wireless Essentials

The second course in the CCNA curriculum focuses on switching technologies and router operations that support small-to-medium business networks and includes wireless local area networks (WLAN) and security concepts.

Students learn key switching and routing concepts. They can perform basic network configuration and troubleshooting, identify and mitigate LAN security threats, and configure and secure a basic WLAN.

• Module 1: Basic Device Configuration

• Module 2: Switching Concepts

• Module 3: VLANs

• Module 4: Inter-VLAN Routing

• Module 5: STP

• Module 6: Etherchannel

• Module 7: DHCPv4

• Module 8: SLAAC and DHCPv6 Concepts

• Module 9: FHRP Concepts

• Module 10: LAN Security Concepts

• Module 11: Switch Security Configuration

• Module 12: WLAN Concepts

• Module 13: WLAN Configuration

• Module 14: Routing Concepts

• Module 15: IP Static Routing

• Module 16: Troubleshoot Static and Default Routes

• Skills Final

• Final online exam

CCNAv7: Enterprise Networking, Security & Automation

COURSE OVERVIEW - The third CCNA course describes the architectures and considerations

related to designing, securing, operating, and troubleshooting enterprise networks – including wide area network (WAN) technologies & quality of service (QoS) mechanisms for secure remote access, along with software-defined networking, virtualization, & automation concepts supporting network digitization.

Students gain skills to configure and troubleshoot enterprise networks, and learn to identify and protect against cybersecurity threats. They are introduced to network management tools and learn key concepts of software-defined networking, including controller-based architectures and how application programming interfaces (APIs) enable network automation.

• Module 1: Single-Area OSPFv2 Concepts

• Module 2: Single-Area OSPFv2 Configuration

• Module 3: Network Security Concepts

• Module 4: ACLs Concepts

• Module 5: CLS for IPv4 Configuration

• Module 6: NAT for IPv4

• Module 7: WAN Concepts

• Module 8: VPN and IPsec Concepts

• Module 9: QoS Concepts

• Module 10: Network Management

• Module 11: Network Design

• Module 12: Network Troubleshooting

• Module 13: Network Virtualization

• Module 14: Network Automation

• Skills Final

• Final online exam

Course Assessment Method

Using the Cisco Netacad students will have access to all materials online. The modules and chapters are assessed via multiple-choice tests as well as theory and knowledge using real equipment in the CCNA lab. Through the CCNA you will also have to build a LAN, connect WAN devices and configure routers and switches in the lab environment.

Students are assigned a Cisco CCAI Networking Academy Programme approved instructor at the start of the course who will provide course support and guidance via email.

In-person lab support is available on campus between 6pm and 9pm on alternate Wednesday evenings. Note: if additional time in the lab is required it can be booked at an additional fee of £50 to cover costs.

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.

What does it Cost?


Course Information
Qualification Type: Non regulated provision, Level 3, ICT Practitioners
Level: Level 3
Awarding Body: CISCO
Academic Year: 21/22
Start Date: August 2021

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