Scottish Education

In partnership with the Open University Scotland, Cisco has mapped NetAcad content to the computing curriculum delivered by schools in Scotland. Our goal is to support educators across Scotland with free access to a range of high-quality and up-to-date tools, courses, and resources.

The aim of this page is to:



Becoming an Academy is 100% free and gives organisations access to a plethora of courses and resources, including virtual lab simulation tools, in a curriculum that spans cyber, networking, programming, and more. Benefits include:

Connecting to an Academy Support Centre 

NetAcad operates as an educational community in which Cisco works with a range of Academy Support Centres (ASCs) such as the Open University. The Open University supports Cisco Academies in Scotland and beyond, as well as working alongside other ASCs based in the UK and Ireland. To find out more about the Open University Cisco ASC and what they do please go to their microsite.

As briefly outlined above, becoming a Cisco Academy presents a range of benefits. Once a Cisco Academy, you can encourage other colleagues to benefit from being Cisco Instructors, enable your institution to use many free resources (including Packet Tracer), and access the Career Ready courses (once Instructor accreditation is complete). ASCs, such as the Open University, provide broad community support (for free) as well as access to an extensive knowledge base.

This offer is open to schools, colleges, apprenticeship training providers, universities, and education focussed charities. In other words, as long as your organisation is not-for-profit; it should be eligible. 

To register you organisation to become a Cisco Academy you can follow this simple process: