Web Design & Development BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: W4D7

Study how to design and develop websites and apps, creating the engaging content that has become part of our everyday lives. Immerse yourself in technology on a degree accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
Typically 4.5 years part-time
Start dates: September 2022
September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Computing and IT
Department: Computer Science
A student uses a computer.

Web design and development touches every part of our lives. Computers, mobiles, games consoles and even home appliances are connected to the web. There’s great demand for inventive individuals who create innovative solutions for the future.

Our web design and development degree is the perfect opportunity to develop skills in demand from employers and learn how to make the web a better experience for users. We’ve designed the course to give you experience and knowledge across the web industry as well as the wider computer science industry – so that whatever career you choose, you’ve got the know-how to get started.

The course is informed by industry from start to finish, and employers are brought in throughout the course to provide you with the challenge of live briefs to put your skills into practice. There’ll also be opportunities to undertake employer-led workshops, as well as hear from guest speakers in industry.

Outside the classroom you’ll be able to learn on the job with a 15-day placement and build on your technical skills in the industry. And if you’re looking to build that experience even further and stand out from the crowd, you can undertake a year-long industry placement at the end of your second year.

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Course features

  • Professional Accreditation

  • Sandwich Year Option Available

  • Studying Abroad Option Available

  • Work Placement Opportunity

What you'll study

The modules in Year 1 will set you up with a great foundation for the following years. We’ll cover the basics of web design and development and a wide range of specialist skills including databases, programming, computer science algorithms, computer hardware and networking.

Compulsory modules:

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Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks

Digital World: Information Systems and Design

Foundations of Computer Science

Programming: Concepts to Construction 1

Programming: Concepts to Construction 2

Web Design and Development

With a solid foundation in place, Year 2 will build on what you’ve learnt. We’ll advance your knowledge and skills beyond static pages and tackle powerful, complex web design applications. Reshape your perception of the web with the concepts behind designing and building data-driven websites and apps, and solve challenges from real workplaces. At the end of the year, you can choose to put theory into practice on a year-long industry placement.

Compulsory modules:

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Data Driven Design

Employability

Fundamentals of User Experience Design

Fundamentals of Web Coding

Server and Client Side Scripting

Web Application Development

The final year of the web design and development course will expand your skills into mobile applications, games development, usability testing and data analysis. To prepare you for future employers and enhance your job prospects you’ll put together a portfolio demonstrating all of the skills and knowledge you’ve learnt throughout the course. Complete your degree by researching, planning, developing and testing a project under the supervision of one of our tutors.

Compulsory modules:

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Mobile Applications and Games Development

Professional Portfolio

Research and Development Methods

Research and Development Project

One of:

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Forensic Computing

Usability Testing and Data Analysis

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

The course is extremely practical with classes based in well-equipped computer laboratories with up-to-date hardware and industry standard software. You will work in small groups to develop your team-working and other personal transferable skills including communication, presentation, report writing, and application of research methods.

You will also have the opportunity to develop your employability profile through a work placement.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Assessments are varied and designed to ensure you acquire a range of skills, particularly those required by future employers. You will design and write programs, write reports and essays, critically analyse documents, deliver oral presentations and undertake examinations.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development and who have recent experience in the software development industry. This provides a lively and highly effective learning environment.

The course is delivered by specialists in web design, web development and computer science. The programme team includes active researchers in areas such as user experience design, information retrieval, web information architecture, visualisation and the application of problem-based learning in web systems.

Academic staff are active researchers and regular contributors to conferences and journals.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Please note, for all programmes in the Department of Computer Science, a level 2 numeracy qualification is not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in Mathematics.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Tech Hub.The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13million Tech Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science and Engineering students. Our modern computing and engineering laboratories are equipped with comprehensive test and measurement equipment, high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.

A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution. There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.

Where you'll study

Tech Hub

Learning resources

Learning resources include digital oscilloscopes, signal generators, robots and a robotics simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, eye trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,000

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

This bachelor’s degree in web design, web programming (front-end and back-end), user experience design, data analytics and testing prepares you for specialist jobs in web design, web development, mobile application and games development. There’s huge demand for these skills – particularly in the retail sector as well as local and national government.

Our graduates have the know-how needed for other roles, such as data consultancy, software application development and IT management careers – we’re well connected and can provide the opportunity to meet potential employers during the course.

After graduation previous Edge Hill students have started their careers in rewarding areas such as:

  • user experience design
  • web engineering (Front-end Developer, Back-end Developer, Full-stack Developer)
  • graduate testing
  • test analysis
  • automation testing
  • data analytics research
  • DevOps

Our web design and development degree is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. Successfully completing an accredited honours degree is the first step to full BCS membership and to being awarded chartered status.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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