Course Summary

The primary role of a network engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. They will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.

Level
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Higher

Programme Duration
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18-21 Months

Training Duration
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4 Weeks

Training Method
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Smart Classroom

Training Schedule
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10-12 Weeks

Unit 1
CompTIA Server+

This unit is delivered over 4 days through the SMART Classroom, followed by a 1 day exam at a local test centre.

CompTIA Server+ certified candidates can work in any environment because it is the only vendor-neutral certification covering the major server platforms. It is the only industry certification that covers the latest server technologies including virtualisation, security and network-attached storage (NAS).■ Server Architecture
■ Server Administration
■ Storage
■ Security
■ Networking
■ Disaster Recovery

Unit 2
NETWORK SYSTEMS AND ARCHITECTURE

This unit is delivered over 4 days through the SMART Classroom, followed by a 1 day exam at a local test centre.

This unit provides learners with an understanding of the role of a network engineer who plans, installs, configures, maintains and supports complex computer networks. Learners will gain an Understanding of different network layering models, physical and logical network components, TCP/ IP network configuration, network servers and services, and associated security concepts.

■ Understand concepts effecting sever selection
■ Understand the roles of servers
■ Understand network storage
■ Understand maintenance and troubleshooting of servers

Unit 3
Network Principles

This unit is delivered over 4 days through the SMART Classroom, followed by a 1 day exam at a local test centre.

This unit provides learners with an understanding of the role of a network engineer who plans, installs, configures, maintains and supports complex computer networks. Learners will gain an understanding of different network layering models, physical and logical network components, TCP/IP network configuration, network servers and services, and associated security concepts.

■ Understand network infrastructure
■ Understand network protocol suites
■ Understand the concepts of IP addressing and routing

Unit 4
Network Security

This unit is delivered over 4 days through the SMART Classroom, followed by a 1 day exam at a local test centre.

This course provides learners the ability to recognise security threats, employ countermeasures and be able to plan for, and configure, network security.

■ Understand security threats
■ Understand security countermeasures
■ Understand how to configure network security

Functional Skills
  • Level 2 – Maths (5 day course, SMART Classroom & 1 day exam)
  • Level 2 – English (5 day course, SMART Classroom & 1 day exam)

Functional skills will be delivered via SMART Classroom, with full day sessions over the course of a week.  At the end of the week, learners will be required to sit a final exam held at a local test centre. In order to be exempt from this training, sufficient evidence on prior qualifications should be provided before induction.  Learners who do not provide relevant exception certificates will be automatically enrolled onto the additional courses.

End Point Assessment
The End Point Assessment is completed in the last few months of the apprenticeship. It includes an Employer Reference, Summative Portfolio, Synoptic Project and an Interview.

Smart Classroom

Our apprentices come together from all over the country and work together in the smart learning environment, interacting, communicating and engaging with the best technical trainers in IT, Software and Digital Marketing. Our SMART Classrooms are technology enhanced, cloud-based classrooms that deliver training by integrating learning technology.

Workplace Activities

On this programme, an apprentice is required to evidence the following activities in the workplace:

  • Produce and report on network planning documents, based on customer specification
  • Use a range of tools to identify network performance issues
  • Produce documentation to record information in line with organisational procedures
  • Work securely within the business environment, including appropriate precautions
  • Install and configure components of a secure network
  • Plan, carry out, test and report on the integration of network software into an existing network
  • Receive, interpret and appropriately act upon information from customers
  • Carry out network maintenance activities
  • Provide and log details of network technical support
  • Work within appropriate service level agreements
  • Use suitable tools and techniques to investigate network performance issues
  • Use suitable tools and techniques to optimise network performance
  • Document the use of troubleshooting tools and techniques in the resolution of hardware, software and network issues
  • Undertake network hardware, software and operating system upgrades

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