You must be suitably prepared for study at professional postgraduate level. You are expected to have studied to at least HNC/HND level, or to have had equivalent practical experience. Individual module descriptions will tell you more about the requirements. Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details. Advanced routing – CCNP 1 (T824) is the foundation module for the diploma and should normally be studied first. If you are taking one module each presentation, it is normally best to study the modules in the order: Advanced routing – CCNP 1 (T824) Network security (T828) Multilayer switching – CCNP 3 (T826) Optimising networks – CCNP 4 (T827) . However, you are permitted to take T824 (the Cisco component ROUTE), T828 and T826 (the Cisco component SWITCH) in any order. You cannot participate in the Cisco component of T827 (TSHOOT) unless you have successfully completed both ROUTE and SWITCH (or their predecessors BSCI and BCMSN) via T824 and T826 at The Open University or at any other Cisco recognised CCNP academy. Time limit – your study of the diploma must be completed within four years from the start of the first module to sitting the examination of the last. How soon you complete the diploma will depend on the time you have available for study and the order in which you study the modules. If you study one module at a time (which is what we recommend) you can obtain the diploma in two years. We cannot guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available.
Months of entry
October, April, February
This postgraduate diploma course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to install, configure and maintain local and wide area networks. On completion of this diploma you will be able to go on and gain the industry recognised certification by taking the CCNP examinations.
You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
The Open University is the world's leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you're at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you'll be supported throughout your studies - your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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