CompTIA A+ (220-1001 and 220-1002 Core Series)
Personal Learning Accounts
Computing and Digital Technologies
There are no formal requirements, but you’ll need a keen interest in the subject.
In a nutshell
A Personal Learning Account is a new initiative from the Welsh Government. It is a free and flexible way to learn. The initiative will offer people the chance to access free, part-time courses that offer flexible and convenient learning around their existing lifestyle.
CompTIA is the world's largest vendor-neutral IT certification body. The CompTIA A+ course has been specially designed for individuals looking to start a career in the IT sector.
By the end of this course, you’ll become a confident problem solver, with the capability of supporting current core technologies from cloud and security to data management.
Whether you are an IT Technician looking to update your existing knowledge, or a complete novice looking to move into the IT industry for the first time, this course is suited for you.
This course is for you if...
...anyone over 19, living in Wales, in employment and earning less than £30,596 a year.
...taking the next step in your career in the IT sector.
...anyone looking to start or further their career in IT.
What will I be doing?
Key learning points in the course include:
Complete an interactive learning course package that prepares students to take the CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and 220-1002 exams. This package includes both courses and exams:
Laptops, desktop PCs, smartphones, tablets, wearables, e-readers, GPS
Windows 10, 7, 8, 8.1, Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS X, Chrome OS
Mobile device network connectivity, application support and device synchronization
Networking hardware devices (Routers, switches, access points, cloud-based network controller, PoE, etc.)
Networked hosts, server role, Internet appliances, legacy systems
PC hardware tools and components, BIOS/UEFI settings, solid state drives (M2, NVME, SATA 2.5), RAID 10, hot swappable storage configurations
Custom PC configurations including virtualization workstations and NAS devices
Sharing multifunction devices and printers via OS settings, wired and wireless connections, 3D printing
Logical security concepts, Active Directory security settings, software tokens, MDM policies, MAC address filtering, certificates, VPN, DLP, email filtering
Security protocols and encryption (WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES), authentication methods (single-factor, multifactor, RADIUS, TACACS), security threat identification and prevention
Privacy concerns and policies (PII, PCI, GDPR, PHI)
There will be two CompTIA A+ Exams
This course is delivered by virtual classroom. Virtual classrooms are equivalent to face-to-face classroom courses, but delivered in an online environment.
You will need to put aside 5 days to attend this course.
The course includes exams which are invigilated online and you need to have access to an internet enabled device with a microphone and a webcam.
All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.