Computer Networking

Course Description

Computer networks are everywhere - they represent the backbone of modern information systems. The courses offered help students fully understand computer network design and development technologies, so they can pursue career opportunities in this rapidly expanding field.

The courses cover fundamental technical skills in computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts such as Security, Networking and the responsibilities of ICT professionals.Learners will develop working knowledge of how computers operate, how to assemble computers and how to trouble shoot hardware and software issues.

The courses will also provide opportunities for successful students (subject to performance) to undertake volunteering/work placements with local organisations in the city, enabling they to gain essential practical experience within a real working environment.

The computer networking fundamentals curriculum will be delivered by an experienced and friendly trainer using a live in-classroom network. Simulation software will be used to aid in the analysis of real equipment.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this computer networking fundamentals hands-on course, they'll be able to:

·         Understand PC components

·         Setup a basic PC workstation

·         Conduct basic software installation

·         Learn how to troubleshoot hardware and solve software issues

·         Identify and describe the various components of a computer network

·         Identify compatibility issues and recognize/prevent basic security risks

·         Select appropriate cabling and connection options

·         Configure a wireless network using basic security features

·         Compare and contrast peer-to-peer networking with the client-server model

 Certifications and Exams

This computer networking course prepares students for either a Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification or CISCO IT Essentials certified training course.  They are designed to provide practical tools, techniques, and information that can be put to use immediately in a real-world environment.

Who should attend?

This hands-on fundamental level computer networking training is perfect for young people aged between 16 and 24 with no networking experience and who are not in education. Students should have basic familiarity with computers running Microsoft Windows. They will be assessed at open day sessions to make sure the course is right for them.


Two days per week for 12 – 16 weeks, depending on the course.

What else?

Open days offering taster sessions are taking place 7th, 8th, 9th May at Castlebrae Business Centre, Peffer Place, Edinburgh EH16 4BB. People will have the chance to discuss the courses with the tutor as well as get hands on experience of what they will learn. Learners will be booked on the courses after their assessment. Call us on 0131 661 8888 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need further assistance.