This course equips you with the skills to specialise in networking technology. The programme covers knowledge required for CISCO Certified Networking Associate (CCNA), a worldwide recognised qualification.
- SQA Higher: BBB inc Computer Science or Maths or Physics
- GCE A-Levels: BC inc Computer Science or Maths or Physics Mathematics.
- International Baccalaureate: 24 points (4, 4 at HL)
- Irish Leaving Certificate: BBB inc Maths or Physics or Technology
- SQA Advanced Highers: AB inc 2 from Maths, Physics or Computer Science, + 2 HGs in other subjects at AB
- GCE A Levels: AA inc 2 from Maths, Physics or Computer Science in one sitting
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 38 points (6, 6, 6 at HL including Maths & Computer Science)
- SQA HNC (Grade A) / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Computing: Technical Support; Computing (Internetworking)
Applicants to Yr 2 must also have partially completed CCNA at a recognised Cisco Networking Academy
- SQA HND (Grade A) / BTEC Level 5 HND: Computing: Technical Support; Computing (Internetworking)
Other qualifications, including Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CATS) points in relevant computing, technical support or internetworking subjects and at the appropriate SCQF level (and equivalent) will also be considered for entry to years 2 and 3 (e.g. 240 CATS points, of which 90 points must be at SCQF Level 8, or equivalent).
The modern world cannot function without computers and the networks which connect them. The related technology, infrastructure, hardware and software needs to be specified, designed, installed and maintained.
Cisco networking equipment is available on all campuses.
Computing topics include basic web authoring and the operation of computing hardware and software.
You will examine networking infrastructure, such as routers and switches and undertake a group project or placement. Depending on options chosen, you may be ready to sit the industry-recognised CCNA certification at the end of Year 2.
You may take a paid full-time placement over a minimum 36 weeks duration, leading to a sandwich award. This can be taken between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.
Studies include exploring the Windows and Unix/Linux system administration, data security and the operation of networks.
You will study more advanced networking topics, including wireless networks and virtualisation, and undertake a network project designed to integrate your knowledge and skills.
UWS graduates work for companies including BT, Dell, HP, IBM, Iomart, Prudential and Tiscali. Careers include network engineer, IT specialist and customer operations engineer.
You may undertake full-time or part-time placements in a commercial organisation.
The Honours degree is accredited by the British Computer Society, fully meeting the educational requirements for Chartered IT Professional registration. Honours students must complete a year of postgraduate study if they wish to complete Chartered IT Professional registration. Part-time students must gain their award within six years if they wish accreditation.