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PDA Network Technology

PDA Network Technology


    Introduction to the Award

    This Professional Development Award (PDA) is one of a suite which was designed to incorporate the knowledge and understanding required by popular Vendors’ Neutral award into SQA’s Higher National frameworks.

    Course Introduction

    The PDA in Network Technology is an eight-credit PDA which covers the knowledge and understanding associated with the Cisco Network Academic Program and would be attractive to candidates who were looking for a position as a network engineer/administrator, or candidates who needed to verify their existing skills in network engineering for progression within an organisation.

    SQA Framework:

    The PDA Network Technology Cisco program also offers a number of shorter curricula which are related to SQA HN Units. These are also assessed by means of restricted response questions and practical labs and so can give credit transfer to complete units.

    Candidates are required to achieve all four core units:

    The PDA comprises four Higher National units which are mapped to the Cisco: CCNA Routing & Switching qualification.

    The SQA units are as follows:

    Unit TitlesUnit CodesSCQF PointsSCQF LevelSQA Credit Value
    Internetworking TechnologyFR25 351682
    Networking TechnologyFR24 351682
    Routing TechnologyFR22 351682
    Switching TechnologyFR23 351682


    Vendors Neutral Exams and Progression Routes:

    A candidate can also appear for ICND1 after the first two modules and ICND2 after completing the remaining two modules.


    Basic Networking Knowledge

    This statement is about access to the Professional Development Awards as a whole. However, in addition to the detail which follows, part of the specification of each and every unit includes recommended access levels. Students should normally be expected to satisfy both sets of access requirements.

    Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, Vocational Qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable, as would suitable vendor qualifications at an appropriate level.

    Mature candidates with suitable work experience may be accepted for entry provided the enrolling Centre believes that the candidate is likely to benefit from undertaking the award.

    It would be advisable for all candidates to have some prior knowledge of computing or information technology although formal qualifications may not be necessary if suitable experience had been gained informally or through work experience.

    Such work experience may provide inferred or actual evidence of a candidate’s skills and knowledge as they apply either to particular units.

    Exams Certifications & Recommended Training

    Required Exam(s)Recommended Training
    200-125 CCNARouting & Switching
    100-105 ICND1Routing & Switching
    200-105 ICND2Routing & Switching


    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

    Target Audiences: 

    The IT training classes which we are currently offering are suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

    • School leavers
    • Adult returnees to education
    • Individuals who intend to leave school and further their career path in a college or equivalent
    • Individuals who are in employment and wish to enhance their career prospects
    • Individuals who wish to start a new career in IT
    • Individuals who wants to get promotion at work
    • Individuals who wants to upgrade in their IT skills
    • Individuals who intend to progress their career after the study of either the NQ in Computing, the NQ in Information Systems
    • Individuals who intend to progress their career after the study of the PDA into further study at HN level
    • Individuals who wish to study on a part-time (day or evening) or day-release mode

    Further Study Progression:

    Candidates will acquire 64 SCQF credit which can be utilised to get exemptions towards HND Networking or any course which has a combination of all four existing units in this PDA qualification.

    Candidates who successfully completed this PDA would have the knowledge and skills required to sit for the CCNA Routing & Switching exams.

    Successful completion of these would allow candidates to obtain the Cisco Certified Network Associate award and they can progress their career further by joining into CCNP Routing & Switching CCNA Security/CCNA Collaboration (Voice/Wireless) /Data Centre/Cloud.

    Classes Duration & Course delivery

    This course will be delivered 1day a week, 7 hours a week, one full classroom.

    4 months in total plus mock exam (2weeks), Week Day, & Weekend classes.

    16-18 weeks – Flexible start date and attendance

    ITPT is currently providing different method of learning opportunities to our clients. Many people are looking for learning diversity to enhance their qualifications, but they don’t have the time to take on full-time instructor led study or attending courses regularly at their appropriate venues.

    Online, distance and blended learning is a popular solution helping busy people study flexibly around their needs and requirements. We want to be the first choice for those potential online and distance learners so we are introducing variety of different study channels so the people can facilitate themselves accordingly. 

    Blended learningWeekends

    Modes of Course Delivery     Modes of Attendance
    Instructor Led learningPart Time
    Distance Blended LearningEvening Time

    Career Opportunities/ Job Roles

      • Network Engineer
      • Computer Support Technician
      • IT Helpdesk Operator
      • 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 CCNA is globally recognized
    • It gives you a competitive edge
    • You’ll get more opportunities
    • Your skills will be universal.

    What would you learn at the end course completion?

    At the end of the award candidates will be able to:

    1. Network Fundamentals
    2. LAN Switching Technologies
    3. Routing Technologies
    4. WAN Technologies
    5. Infrastructure Services
    6. Infrastructure Security
    7. Infrastructure Management

    Application Process

    You will be expected to attend an interview with a member of the course team. There will be a basic networking aptitude test to observe your understanding of this course. Course consultant will help you in filling forms and provide you further guidance if require.

    Funding Available:

    This course is FREE (SAAS part-time funding) to anyone who is receiving state 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 www.saas.gov.uk 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 will this course 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:

    PDA Network Techonology


    Full Course (can be paid in instalments) £650

     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.

    Choose between classroom based or study at your own time and peace with our eLearning and blended learning options.

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    Course Curriculum

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