Cisco IT Essential (COMPTIA A+ Exam)

The Cisco IT Essential based on CompTIA A+ certification is the first step of your professional IT journey. It’s the ideal foundational certification to get started on a career working with cutting-edge information technologies.


    CISCO IT Essentials covers fundamental computer and career skills for entry-level IT jobs. The IT Essentials curriculum includes hands-on labs that provide practical experience. Virtual tools help you hone your troubleshooting skills and practice what you learn.

    • Develop working knowledge of how computers operate
    • Develop critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills using hands-on labs and virtual learning tools
    • Apply skills and procedures to install and upgrade hardware and software and troubleshoot systems
    • Practice what you learn on real equipment and using the Cisco Packet Tracer simulation tool
    • Get immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and tests
    • Get connected to the global Cisco Networking Academy community

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    This course is CPD accredited and could be counted towards your CPD hours.

    Why Get Certified

    With IT job openings being created faster than trained people can be found to fill them, IT certification is the best way to open the door to a higher salary, more opportunities and career fulfilment.

    Trained and certified IT professionals are needed worldwide.

    More IT professionals are getting certified than ever before because IT certifications:

    • Validate your knowledge and skills
    • Help you remain competitive and employable
    • Give you job proficiency more quickly
    • Show dedication to your career

    Who does this qualification suit to?

    • IT Essentials is ideal for students seeking entry-level IT positions in companies, government agencies, educational institutions, or service providers, or to work for themselves.
    • Any Individual wanting to start a IT career
    • Any individual wanting to enhance IT Support Knowledge

    Jobs Roles attainment on completion:

    • Technical Support specialist
    • Help desk Technician
    • Network Support Technician
    • Field service technician
    • IT support technician
    • IT support administrator
    • IT support specialist

    5 Reasons You Should Get this Certification:

    • You’ll earn a higher salary
    • Cisco IT Essential A+ is globally recognized
    • It gives you a competitive edge
    • You’ll get more opportunities
    • Your skills will be universal.

    Certification Information

    In order to receive the certificate for the Cisco IT essential student must do CompTIA A+ certification; student must pass two exams;

    • 220 – 801
    • 220 – 802

    Certificate Exam information:

    Exam CodesCompTIA A+ 220-801 and CompTIA A+ 220-802
    Number of QuestionsMaximum of 90
    Type of QuestionsMultiple choice questions/ performance based
    Length of Test90 Minutes
    Passing Score CompTIA A+ 220-801: 675 (on a scale of 900)
    CompTIA A+ 220-802: 700 (on a scale of 900)
    Exam ValidityThree Years


    Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA)Course Awarding Body partner with Cisco
    SQA PDAProfessional Development Award
    SCQF Level07
    SQA Points80 Points will be awarded of completing this course successfully

    Funding Available:

    This course is FREE (SAAS part-time funding) to anyone who is on benefits or earning £25,000 or less, given that they have not used SAAS/ILA funding towards any other course/training in the last 12 months.

    Those in receipt of following benefits are automatically eligible:

    • Jobseekers allowance
    • Income support
    • Incapacity Benefit/Employment Support Allowance
    • Child Tax Credit (minimum rate)
    • Pension Credit

    Apply for course funding 

    Our Courses are fully funded by SAAS: Student Awards Agency for Scotland

    Please visit the SAAS website to see your eligibility.

    Download: SAAS Part Time Funding Guide, Part Time Forms

    Read: Part Time Students Eligibility Criteria, Disabled students’ allowance (DSA)

    For Students who don’t qualify for the above fundings:

    How much this course will cost?

    If for any reason you do not qualify for SAAS funding our fees are as follows for students living  in UK or the European Union:


    Cisco IT Essential (COMPTIA A+ Exam)


    Vender Neutral (can be paid in instalments) £500+ VAT
    SQA Accredited (PDA) (can be paid in instalments) £500


     Fees are payable in advance at the start of course unless otherwise agreed.

    We also provide flexible fee instalments to help students in paying their fee.

    There are a number of other funding opportunities available to UK and EU students to help them to pay for their studies. Contact the college for more details.

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