CISCO Network Essentials

Edinburgh College


Online only


This fully funded course is ideal for anyone wanting to learn the basics of computer networking, device connectivity and security. It's an ideal starting point for those wanting to change careers in the tech industry, Cyber security, or learn about IoT, as well as those needing to broaden their skills at work and hobbyists.

This course is beginner level and makes use of practical activities to break up the reading and knowledge aspects. The language in this course is aimed at beginners, we are offering the flexibility for you to learn online, you can earn a CISCO certificate, but also a college certificate if you complete the practical elements of the course.

If you wish to receive a verified Edinburgh College certificate as evidence of your learning there is a small £40 administration and processing fee, you can download and print your Cisco Certificate for free.

It's a perfect stepping stone into areas of Cyber Security and world-renowned qualifications such as CCNA.

The aim of this course is to introduce you to networking, network services, network troubleshooting and device configuration of network components such as wireless access points, CISCO routers and CISCO switches

This is a distance learning course designed to fit around your other commitments, there is a study planner to help you keep track of weekly coursework and activities.

Entry Requirements

You should have a basic understanding of how computers work and browsing the internet
Those having studied CISCO IT Essentials or COMPTIA A+ curriculum would have the best starting point for this course.



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

Course Length

20 weeks



SCQF Level


Career Area

Computing and ICT