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This course is a solid grounding in routing and switching devices in an enterprise network, with the focus on analysing and evaluating several functions related to routing and packet forwarding. Plus troubleshooting routing issues and the design and configuration of a routed network.

Our Foundation degree programmes are run in partnership with, and validated by, the University of Hertfordshire.

You can view the programme specification and course fact sheet on the University of Hertfordshire website HERE.

  • Entry Criteria

    48 UCAS points including a Grade C/4 in GCSE English and GCSE Maths

    Applications to be made via UCAS:

    UCAS code: I120

    Institution code: H36

    Campus code: W

  • What will I study?

    You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of computer networks, plus insights into the practical application of networks and how they are used in organisations. Following a first year investigating general computing techniques you’ll specialise in the second year, choosing from subjects including:

    Year 1

    • Developing the computing professional Development of skills and attributes required at the workplace, e.g. communication, team working, problem solving
    • Programming concepts Core programming construct and their use in problem solving, algorithm development
    • Topics in computer systems Architecture of computer systems, hardware and software components, low level hardware behaviour and operating systems architecture
    • Systems analysis Lifecycle models, functional, data and process modelling techniques
    • Designing for user experience Design principles and their usage in enhancing user experience
    • Applied programming Modular and functional programming, building reusable components
    • Networking fundamentals Network protocols and models, principles of data communication, network infrastructure and media
    • Project management Principles of project management, project planning, objectives, methodology and development

    Year 2

    • Routing and Switching Concepts Routing concepts, how routers detect remote networks, determine the best paths to those networks and how they filter network traffic
    • Data Analysis and Database Design Database design and development process will be undertaken and documented to include entity relationship diagrams, data dictionary, designs of forms and reports, testing and evidence of SQL code being used to create the tables and queries
    • Internet Technologies and Security Analyse and evaluate internet protocols, technologies and standards with the aim of evaluating and using mitigation methods and network monitoring tools against internet-based threats and attacks
    • Computing in Organisations BIS systems and databases in an organisation; investigation of the information needs within an organisation and how this information can impact on business performance; CRM, SCM and sales as a means of extending marketing
    • Network Protocols and Cybersecurity Plan and implement secure scaling networks to accommodate a range of enterprise applications and needs
    • WAN Protocols and Cybersecurity Use WAN technologies and protocols in given scenarios and apply basic WAN security concepts
    • WBL: Project 30 credit module running a pathway-specific project, from planning and designing to implementation, testing and documentation
  • Future Prospects

    The Foundation degree is a standalone qualification, with students finding jobs in their chosen specialism or setting up their own IT businesses. Continue studying at university for a BSc Hons degree in Computer Science with Networking. There’s also the option of studying abroad for a year – at a partner university or to take a work placement – before returning home to complete your course.

    Past students have gone on to achieve First Class or 2:1 Hons degrees, before joining the likes of Cisco and IBM in roles including network technicians, IT systems operators, network security engineers and network programmers.

    To find out more visit the National Careers Service.

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