Networks and their security are an increasingly important global issue. Up for the challenge? Our Computer Networks degree gets you straight into the lab, using advanced software and virtual networks. You’ll study in Cambridge, in the heart of Silicon Fen, where you can connect with local employers through an optional placement year. As a Cisco Network Academy for more than 10 years, our industry links ensure you’ll be equipped to meet the needs of the fast-changing computer world.
Learn to design, configure, install, manage and support networks in organisations of all sizes, from the relatively small to the multinational.
We’ll begin by studying computer architecture, design principles and programming before exploring the design and implementation of small-scale and enterprise-wide computer networks, and learning about converged voice/data networks.
There’s plenty of opportunity for practical work, including modelling networks and using advanced simulation tools to analyse performance. We’ll also demonstrate the importance of security in network design and critically discuss the relevant ethical and legal issues.
Our stand-alone network lets you safely experiment with building complex networks. You’ll learn to install and configure hardware, operating systems and software. We have Apple Mac Pro computers with dual boot (Windows/Mac OS X), featuring a wide range of CAD, database design and web software. Our virtual network lab means you can access our networking devices from anywhere at any time.
When you graduate, you can apply for certification at Associate (CCNA) and Professional levels (CCNP) with Cisco Systems, the leading manufacturer of networking equipment.
You have the option to take a placement year as part of your degree.
Take advantage of our relationship with Cisco Systems and gain the skills necessary for certification
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Networks and their security are increasingly important issues around the world. There is strong demand for people who can install, manage and support computer networks. You could work as a certified networking engineer within an organisation, or be self-employed. There are also many career opportunities in technical sales and support.
This course covers all the material you’ll need to apply for Cisco certification at both Associate (CCNA) and Professional levels (CCNP).
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses including MSc Cyber Security.
We’ll assess you throughout the course so that you can measure your progress. Most of this assessment will be based on case studies, as well as class-based laboratory tests, group work, presentations and reports.
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.
This course gives you the opportunity to take a work placement year between years 2 and 3 of your studies. You’ll get experience of seeking and securing a job and working in an industry relating to your course. You’ll also get the practical experience and industry contacts to benefit your studies and enhance your long-term career prospects.
Although they can’t be guaranteed, we can work with you to find a placement using our contacts with a large number of employers. You’ll have regular contact with one of our course tutors and be supported by a supervisor from your placement company. Together they’ll monitor your performance and give you feedback.
To find out more about placement opportunities, email us at Placements@anglia.ac.uk.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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