This course offers you the opportunity to develop skills in network technologies. There is an emphasis on the development of networking and technical skills, as well as developing team working, problem solving and communication skills. In addition to SQA certification, there are opportunities to gain industry-recognised vendor certifications through Microsoft, CISCO, and VMWARE.

In our labs, you will have the opportunity to build and configure local area networks and learn how to implement secure servers. You will learn to install and configure network operating systems and how to configure Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP. You will also install and configure virtual environments using VMWARE. In year 2, there is a strong emphasis on network security.

On successful completion of year 1, you will achieve an HNC in Computing.

  • Two years full-time
  • Four years part-time
  • Server administration
  • Security concepts
  • Intrusion prevention
  • Hardware and operating system configuration and maintenance
  • Installing configuring and maintaining virtual clients and servers (VMWARE)
  • Client operating systems
  • Network technology – CISCO CCNA 1
  • Routing technologies – CISCO CCNA 2
  • Switching technology – CISCO CCNA 3
  • Internetworking technology – CISCO CCNA 4
  • Project management for IT
  • Networking project

Year 1

One of the following:

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above in relevant subjects, such as Computing Science, Maths, Physics, Graphic Communication, plus four National 5s at Grade C or above including Core Skills Level 5 Literacy or equivalent
  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Information Technology: Hardware/System Support SCQF Level 6 plus four National 5s at Grade C or above
  • National Certificate: Computing with Digital Media SCQF Level 6
  • Another relevant course at SCQF Level 6
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis

Year 2

  • Successful completion of HNC: Computing. Please note that this must be from the new group award: GF3E15
  • Network engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Network support analyst
  • Systems administrator
  • You will be expected to purchase core textbooks as part of the official Microsoft curriculum training – approx. £70
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • You will be expected to bring a reference with you
  • In the case of Fife school leavers, the College will request a Transition Form from your school