Computer Network Engineering with Administration
Foundation Degree (FdSc)
Developed in partnership with Cisco and Microsoft, build the skills and knowledge that employers need in a range of professional IT careers related to networks and administration with this foundation degree, and lay the groundwork for further education and a successful future career.
Enhance your abilities if you’re already working in networking, or start developing your expertise for a career in this field, and gain
vendor certifications in industry standard products like Microsoft MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) and Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate). You can even complete the Linux (LPI) and Administration qualification that’s often requested by the IT industry.
Advance your practical skills in networking with Cisco Systems Administration within the infrastructure, implementation of active directory and troubleshooting, and in the use of the latest versions of Windows Server operating system and Linux Distro’s and Server setups. And with additional units and work-related learning, you’ll prepare yourself for successful future employment in this industry.
- Openshaw Campus
- Full Time
- 2 years
- September 2019
Academic Entry requirements
• Students that have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered
• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded
• 64 UCAS Tariff Points
Non-academic entry Requirements
An interview is required for those applying who do not meet the entry requirement.
You will be asked to write a 500 word academic report to gain an understanding of your writing skills prior to the course.
What will I be studying?
Year 1: Linux Fundamentals with Administration (30 credits)
Explore the ethos and concept behind open source, study the theory required to maximise the usefulness of Linux, and practice designing, implementing and managing a Linux based virtual networ
Year 1: Network Security and Software Management (30 credits)
Discuss the important factors when designing a secure network, by identifying potential threats and risks both internally and externally, before designing, implementing and managing a solution, while trying to attack the network.
Year 1: Networking with Routing and Switching (30 credits)
Learn fundamental networking concepts and technologies and develop the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications, using routers and switching technolog
Year 1: Professional and Academic Development (30 credits)
Focus on developing and re-enforcing your critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills, enhancing your overall knowledge and preparing you for existing or potential professional careers.
Maiwald, E. (2016) Network Security: A Beginner’s Guide
Cisco Networking Academy (2017) Routing and Switching Essentials: Companion Guide
Bolton, G.E.J. (2016) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development
How will I be assessed?
• Oral presentations
• Group work
• Practical assignments
• Time constrained tests
• Peer assessment
• Live industry briefs.
Each module is structure is broken down as follows:
• Summative Assessment 25%
• Directed Study 30%
• Student-centred Learning 45%
What are the careers that this will lead to?
• Network Engineers
• Network administrator
• Network Consultant
• Wireless Network Field Engineer
• Network Support Technician
• Linux Administrator
Starting salaries for graduates are usually around £20,000 to £25,000 per annum. With a years' experience, you can command up to £35,000. After 5 years, and working in more senior roles, you can expect to earn in the region of £40,000 to £60,000.
Fees, Finance and Funding
Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.
You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page:
You can also find details of part time and international fees.
Course Associated Costs
You may also need to print your assignments and other documents.
Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.
You will need to purchase digital storage device up to 1TB at an approximate cost of £50