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Certificate in Applied Computer Networks

Status: Open




1 Year


Information Technology

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional



This programme is a targeted response to a clearly identified need in specific occupations and sectors of the economy in relation to applied computer networks with the objectives of:

  1. Providing education to a level of best international practice in computer networks, that will enable participating companies to gain competitive advantage through the application of the basic and advanced computer networks principles and to drive improvement and to be able to demonstrate measurable results.
  2. Delivering the programme through blended education, participants will be able to access it remotely, on-site or by conventional means. Access is therefore greatly improved, and the interruption to a participant’s work is minimised.
  3. The programme will bring together lecture material on best practice computer networks techniques, tools and implementation practices (both national and international), recognised methodologies and skills, and processes to enable participants to excel in their careers while encouraging life-long learning.

What are the entry requirements?

  • A minimum PASS honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a cognate discipline or

  • A minimum PASS honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a non-cognate discipline with considerable experience and/or ability evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning or

  • Equivalent Qualifications. Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

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What modules will I study?


1 Network Design (10 ECTS)

2 Private Cloud & Software Defined Networking (10 ECTS)

3 Data Centre Design& Networking (10 ECTS)

Embedded Professional Certification 


(a) VMware Data Centre Virtualisation (VCA)

(b) VMware Data Centre Virtualisation (VCP)

(a) Certified Data Centre Professional

(b) Certified Data Centre Specialist

What are the career prospects?

  • IT Manager
  • Information Systems
  • Network Manager
  • Data Centre Designer
  • Network Administrator
  • Systems Administrator
  • Computer Network Engineer
  • Network Analyst

More Information


2 X 15 week Semesters. 2 classes per week (days TBC). 4pm-6pm

Classes will be delivered primarily online with some face to face workshops to cover the embedded Professional Certifications.

It is envisaged that this programme will commence towards the end of 2020 with details yet to be confirmed.

What will the time commitment be?

Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assisgnments are due.


100% Continuous Assessment


Certificate in Applied Computer Networks (Special Purpose Award Level 9, 30 Credits)

For queries relating to the course content

Michael Winterburn