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BSc (Hons) Computer Networking

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Studying Computer Networking at ARU Peterborough

Our Computer Networking degree is designed to equip you with a comprehensive, employability-focused understanding of computer networking and prepare you for your first professional role in the IT sector.

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Develop your skills in both the design and implementation of computer networks, including network design, implementation, maintenance, and security and graduate career-ready from ARU Peterborough.

On our Computer Networking course, you'll spend all of your time in our state-of-the-art computer labs where you’ll learn on equipment and software that reflects real industry careers.

Developing material from Microsoft and CISCO, you'll undertake real-world applications of networking technologies and build skills in configuring and managing various networking technologies, such as switches, routers, firewalls, and wireless networks.

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Industry-standard labs and equipment

As a Computer Networking student at ARU Peterborough, you’ll use:

  • specialist computing labs
  • industry-standard equipment and software.

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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


A degree in Computer Networking can prepare you for a range of careers, from network administrator to network security analyst to wireless network engineer.

You could also consider pursuing a career as a network support technician, cloud network engineer, or network architect.

As a network administrator, you would be responsible for managing and maintaining computer networks, ensuring that they operate efficiently and securely.

As a network security analyst, you would protect computer networks from security threats and breaches by implementing security measures and protocols, conducting vulnerability assessments, and analysing security data.

As a wireless network engineer, you would design and implement wireless networks, including Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

And as a cloud network engineer, you would design and manage computer networks that support cloud computing infrastructure, including public, private, and hybrid clouds.

These are just a few of the many potential career paths available to Computer Networking graduates. With our increasing reliance on computer networks to keep all areas of life running smoothly, a degree in computer networking can open up a range of exciting career opportunities.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters. We’re planning a range of postgraduate degrees at ARU Peterborough, and there is a selection of existing courses in Cambridge and Chelmsford.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

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Graduate Capitals

To help you stand out when competing for a job after you graduate, we've developed the ARU Graduate Capitals. This is a set of six attributes, valued by employers and industry, that we integrate into our courses and help you develop, so you’ll have life-long career-skills.

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Life in Peterborough

Study in the heart of Peterborough, a historic yet thriving city that's a great home for students. ARU Peterborough is easily accessible by public transport, making it ideal for you to live and study locally.

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Do you have a question that we haven't answered so far? Talk to our application experts. You can also ask our Student Ambassadors about life at ARU.

We're here Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training), and Friday 9am-4.30pm.

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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