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Introductory

Level 1: Introductory:

PTT Introductory courses are designed for those with no previous experience or knowledge of telecommunications. These courses either provide an overview of a telecommunications subject or discuss the fundamentals of electronic communications. The study of general science at secondary (high) school is an adequate starting point for PTT Introductory courses.

PTT Introductory courses are suitable for those joining the telecommunications sector particularly as part of an apprenticeship programme.

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Intermediate

Level 2: Intermediate:

PTT Intermediate courses are designed for technicians and engineers requiring an understanding of a certain aspect of telecommunications. Those planning to study an Intermediate course should have an understanding of the basic principles of electronic communications.

The depth of treatment provided by an Intermediate course is typically equivalent to level 3 of a UK national vocational qualification (NVQ). PTT Intermediate courses can be used to support the attainment of a Communications Technology NVQ at level 3.

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Advanced

Level 3: Advanced:

PTT Advanced courses are designed for those who require an in-depth treatment of a certain aspect of telecommunications. Such courses are suitable for system designers as well as those who will be responsible for the maintenance of the system described in the course.

Those planning to study a PTT Advanced course should have an understanding of the telecommunications principles which underpin the operation of the type of telecommunications system described in the course.

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PTT course catalogue

 

PTT offers over a wide range of online courses covering telecommunications subjects in the categories listed below.

To see the individual online courses, select the Show button by the category name.
Then, for more information about each telecoms course, including the cost of a personal licence, select on the course title - you can then add a course to your online shopping basket.

 

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Introduction to telecommunications (9 courses)

Courses providing an introduction to telecoms: The five courses with an "S" designation cover the fundamental principles of telecoms technology and are designed for technical staff especially those new to the telecoms sector.

SRA

Analogue and digital signals
An introduction to the characteristics and capabilities of signals used in communications systems and the impairments that limit communications.

Introductory

SRB

Transmission fundamentals
Describes the characteristics, capabilities and applications of copper, optical fibre and wireless transmission media and explains the techniques used to maximise the traffic carrying capacity of those media.

Introductory

SRC

Data communications principles
Explains the fundamental principles of data communications and describes the role of the basic functional components of data links and the protocols that define their operation.

Introductory

SRD

Telecoms networks and services
Provides an overview of the role, structure and capabilities of modern telecommunications networks and the facilities of telecommunication services offered to customers.

Introductory

SRE

Media encoding and transmission
Provides an introduction to the digital processing that is carried out on speech and video before transmission over circuit-switched networks such as the PSTN and VoIP systems.

Introductory

Telecommunications for managers

The "Telecoms for managers" courses are particularly useful for managers and non-technical staff who require an appreciation of the technological, regulatory and commercial aspects of telecoms.

TCA

Telephony and data services
Introduces the facilities and capabilities of telephony and data services provided by modern telecommunications networks with reference to the underlying infrastructure.

Introductory

TCB

Wireless communications
Introduces the basic operation, capabilities and applications of wireless communications for those joining the telecoms sector in a managerial or technical role.

Introductory

TCC

Telecoms infrastructure and administration
Introduces the underlying physical infrastructure of a telecommunications system and the commercial, standardisation and regulatory aspects of telecoms provision.

Introductory

Telecoms for call centre staff

The "Introduction to telecoms services" course is particularly useful for customer facing staff who need an appreciation of telecommunications without technical detail. These include customer service agents and retail sales representatives working in the telecoms sector.

TCE

Introduction to telecoms services
Provides an overview of the facilities provided by modern fixed line and mobile telecommunications services.

Introductory

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Broadband access (7 courses)

Courses covering copper and optical fibre based technologies that provide broadband access to telecoms services and the Internet.

Broadband access over copper

DLA

ADSL principles
Describes the characteristics and structure of access networks based on the use of copper wires and explains the principles of the technologies that provide access to broadband services over those wires.

Intermediate

DMB

DSL systems
Describes the structure, functional components, operation and testing of systems that provide Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) broadband services to customers over copper wires.

Advanced

Broadband access over fibre

OLA

Optical fibre principles
Introduces the principles of optical fibre transmission, describes the components of a fibre link and discusses the impairments that affect the transmission of data.

Introductory

FAB

Optical access networks
Describes the use of optical fibre in access networks to provide point to point and FTTH, FTTB and FTTC broadband connections, with emphasis on the practical aspects of installation and testing.

Introductory

FAA

Passive optical networks
Describes BPON, GPON and EPON implementations of passive optical networks that provide high capacity broadband services (FTTB, FTTC and FTTH) to residential and business customers.

Intermediate

TCF

Hybrid fibre coax systems
Describes the operation, components and capabilities of hybrid fibre coax cable systems with reference to the provision of television, video on demand and broadband services.

Intermediate

Next generation access

TCD

Next generation access networks
Describes the capabilities, components and operation of the next generation fixed line access networks that will meet the demand for very high capacity broadband connections to online services in the coming years.

Intermediate

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Voice and video services (7 courses)

Courses covering the delivery of voice and video services.

MEA

Telephony systems
Provides an introduction to the principles and operation of circuit-switched telephony as used in the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).

Intermediate

MAB

Voice over IP
Provides an introduction to the principles, operation and applications of telephony services that operate over Internet Protocol (IP) networks and includes detailed treatment of SIP and H.323.

Intermediate

MEC

C7 signalling systems
Provides a detailed treatment of the principles and operation of C7 signalling systems as used in fixed and mobile telephony systems.

Advanced

MED

VoIP systems
Describes the functional components and operation of public telephony systems based on the Internet Protocol (IP) with emphasis on those employing an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) in a next generation network.

Advanced

MEE

Video principles for engineers
Introduces the fundamentals of video capture, compression, storage and transmission.

Intermediate

MEF

Video over IP
Discusses the technical aspects of providing a television over IP (IPTV) service.

Advanced

TCF

Hybrid fibre coax systems
Describes the operation, components and capabilities of hybrid fibre coax cable systems with reference to the provision of television, video on demand and broadband services.

Intermediate

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Data communications and converged services (9 courses)

Courses covering data communications and the convergence of data and voice services.

Wide area networks

TAA

Introduction to WANs
Introduces the principles of operation, capabilities and features of various types of Wide Area Network and describes the requirements of different types of traffic and how these can be met.

Introductory

TNF

IP networks
Describes the topology and administration of the Internet and explains the operation and security aspects of IP networks with reference to the Internet suite of protocols.

Intermediate

TNG

IP routing
Describes in detail the role, facilities, and operation of the various protocols that discover routes over an IP network.

Advanced

TAH

Advanced IP networks
Describes the techniques such as RSVP, Diffserv and MPLS that are used to offer a differentiated quality of service over an IP network.

Advanced

NHA

Next Generation Networks
Explains the concept, architecture, underlying technologies and advantages of IP-based NGNs. The course also introduces the concepts and benefits of software defined networking.

Intermediate

Local area networks

EBA

Ethernet fundamentals
Provides an introduction to the underlying concepts of Ethernet Local Area Networks (LAN) and the capabilities, components and structure of Ethernet LANs.

Intermediate

EBB

Structured cabling
Describes the structure, components, installation requirements and testing of cabling systems employed in local area networks.

Introductory

EBC

Ethernet networks
Describes the operation of fixed line and wireless Ethernet networks with reference to their address schemes, protocols, functional elements and security methods.

Intermediate

EBD

Advanced Ethernet networks
Describes the enhancement of the security of Ethernet local area networks (LANs), network management and testing tools, and the wide area network services that provide connections between remote LANs.

Advanced

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Mobile and wireless networks and services (9 courses)

Courses covering the principles and operation of mobile and wireless networks.

TCB

Wireless communications
Introduces the basic operation, capabilities and applications of wireless communications for those joining the telecoms sector in a managerial or technical role.

Introductory

MBA

Introduction to mobile systems
Introduces concepts which are used in most types of mobile systems, like handover and roaming, and cellular traffic handling. The course also reviews the various generations and types of mobile system.

Introductory

MBB

Mobile radio communications
Describes the communications between a mobile user's equipment and the fixed infrastructure provided by the mobile operator. MBA and MBB are designed as preparation for the more advanced mobile courses.

Introductory

MBC

GSM mobile networks
Describes the structure, components and features of GSM (Global System Mobile) networks and the provision of telephony services using such networks.

Intermediate

MBD

GSM data services
Describes the provision of data services by GSM mobile systems with reference to EDGE, GPRS, HSCSD and SMS.

Intermediate

MBE

UMTS (3G) mobile radio networks
Designed for study by those working in, or intending to work in, the mobile radio sector with a technical role. The course covers the technologies employed in Third Generation (3G) mobile networks.

Intermediate

MOF

LTE (4G) mobile radio networks
Designed for study by those working in the mobile radio sector with a technical role. The course introduces the features, structure and operation of 4G / LTE (Long Term Evolution) mobile systems.

Intermediate

MBG

LTE mobile systems
This course describes mobility in, and the provision of services over, LTE (4G) mobile systems. The enhanced performance of an LTE Advanced system is also discussed.

Advanced

WMA

WiMAX radio networks
Gives an introduction to WiMAX, the wireless technology which provides fixed or mobile broadband services.

Intermediate

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Optical transmission networks (4 courses)

Courses covering the principles and operation of optical networks.

SYA

Synchronous transmission principles
Introduces the principles of synchronous transmission techniques as employed in modern long-haul networks.

Introductory

SYB

SDH principles
Introduces the fundamental principles of the Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) as employed in modern broadband networks.

Intermediate

SYC

Optical line systems inc WDM
Describes the capabilities, components and operation of the optical links that provide interconnections in core and metro networks.

Intermediate

SYD

Optical networks
Describes the capabilities, components and operation of metropolitan and national networks that employ optical links to provide the high capacity needed for modern communications.

Advanced

 

Accredited telecoms study programme:

PTT Level 3 Award in Principles of Telecommunications
This study programme introduces the fundamental principles, operation and facilities of modern telecommunications systems. The programme consists of seven online courses and associated online examinations. Successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE.

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