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BTEC Nationals Information Technology (2010)
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Cisco Academy’s CCNA provision is now on version 5.
BTEC units 105, 106, 107 and 108 will continue to link to the Cisco Exploration pathway.
In the transition to CCNA version 5, the Cisco Discovery pathway has been removed. Therefore, the BTEC units 101, 102, 103 and 104, which formed the Cisco Discovery pathway, are no longer available.
The new version 5 provision still aligns with the current QCF Exploration pathway units. In particular:
- Introduction to Networks maps to BTEC Unit 105
- Routing and Switching Essentials broadly maps to BTEC Unit 106
- Scaling Networks maps to BTEC Unit 107
- Connecting Networks broadly maps to BTEC Unit 108.
In version 5 of the Cisco CCNA provision, content on NAT/DHCP and ACLs has been moved from the fourth to the second component. However, in the BTEC National in IT, these topics are still covered in Unit 108: CCNA Accessing the WAN. This should not cause a problem to learners as they will have already covered these topics earlier in the Cisco course and can refresh their knowledge and understanding before taking the assessment required for BTEC Unit 108.
For example, in BTEC Unit 108, M1 assesses content on address management (such as DHCP and NAT), which is covered earlier in version 5 of the Cisco provision at the same time as learners are undertaking BTEC Unit 106 ‘Routing and Switching Essentials’. Learners will not be assessed on these topics as part of the BTEC qualification at this point. Instead, when they undertake Unit 108, they’ll need to refresh these topics before undertaking the assessment.
As we develop the next generation suite of BTEC Nationals in IT, we will amend the Cisco IT vendor units according to the latest Cisco provision.