CCNA Routing and Switching: Scaling Networks (Semester 3)

The third semester of CISCO training.


Why take this course?

This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks. Participants learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Participants will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network. 

What you will experience

Participants who complete the Scaling Networks course will be able to perform the following functions: 

  • Understand, configure and troubleshoot enhanced switching technologies such as VLANs, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Per VLAN Spanning Tree Plus Protocol (PVST+), and EtherChannel
  • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot first hop redundancy protocols (HSRP) in a switched network 
  • Understand, configure, and troubleshoot wireless routers and wireless clients 
  • Configure and troubleshoot routers in a complex routed IPv4 or IPv6 network using single-area OSPF, multiarea OSPF, and Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) 
  • Manage Cisco IOS® Software licensing and configuration files
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Key facts

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements are successful completion of CCNA Routing and Switching: Scaling Networks (formerly named CCNA Routing and Switching Semester 2).

What you will need

You will need a pen and paper for notes, the rest of the equipment is provided in the labs.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Students would benefit from the CCNA Scaling Networks Companion Guide, available here.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Successful completion of the course will lead onto the CCNA Routing and Switching: Connecting Networks course (formerly known as CCNA Routing and Switching: Semester 4).


There is no formal employment routes upon completion of this course, students are recommended to undertake the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching: Connecting Networks course.


Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.