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Web Development HND

(SCQF level 8)

Applied Computing & Digital Technologies, Faculty of Business

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Mode of Study


Start Date

28th Aug 2017, 2 years

28th Aug 2017, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


On this two year course, you'll gain skills to start or advance a career as a web designer/developer. You'll learn to build both static and dynamic websites that deliver content in a variety of formats for computers, smartphones and tablets. You'll have access to current smartphones and tablets for testing your responsive websites.

Beginning with the fundamentals of website development, you'll build on a foundation of client side technologies (HTML5, CSS and web optimisation) through to more advanced study on JavaScript and CSS3 animation. 

Year 2 explores these subjects in more detail and introduces current web development technologies such as portable Apache server, PHP, MYSQL and XML. You'll understand how to create databases and how to deliver database content to web interface components.

The course also provides opportunities to use industry standard reusable web templates where you'll develop platform/browser compliant and consistent web-based content. Currently, we use Bootstrap for responsive web design. Content Management Systems such as WordPress are also explored as a means to deliver content.

The course introduces both client and server side technologies with opportunities to prepare and develop web interfaces and multimedia rich content incorporating Photoshop and Illustrator and a range of other Adobe products. The faculty has access to the full Adobe suite which can be utilised to produce creative and engaging media content for inclusion within your websites.

This course is designed to prepare you for progression to University or employment as a web developer/ designer at junior level.

This course may incorporate live industry related web development projects. You may gain internships and real live external work whilst studying at the college.

The course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Higher and three Intermediate 2 courses (including Computing, Graphic Design or Information Systems); OR
  • Two Higher and three Standard Grades at Credit level or above (including Computing, Graphic Design or Information Systems); OR
  • Two Higher and three National 5 qualifications or above (including Computing, Graphic Design or Information Systems); OR
  • A national qualification at SCQF Level 5 or 6 in a related subject such as Digital Media Computing, NQ Computing,  Computing: Technical Support or Software Development.

You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you will get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area. It is important that you prepare a personal statement which reflects your desire to study on this course.

What you study

You will study:

  • HTML5.
  • CSS3.
  • JavaScript.
  • JavaScript Frameworks such as jQuery.
  • Responsive Design.
  • User Interface Design for Web.
  • Team Working in Computing.
  • Systems Development.
  • PHP.
  • MySQL.
  • Database Creation and Database Integration.
  • Apache Server.
  • XML.
  • Web Based Learning Applications.
  • Mobile Application Development.

After the course


Apply for various job vacancies, such as a junior web developer/designer.

Continuing Study

You'll have the opportunity to progress to the following degree courses at university:

  • BSc (Hons) Web and Mobile Development at the University of the West of Scotland.
  • BSc/BSc (Hons) Interactive Media Design at Napier University.
  • BSc/BSc (Hons) Digital Media at Napier University.
  • BSc/BSc (Hons) Creative Computing at Napier University.
  • BEng (Hons) Web Technologies at Napier University.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    28th Aug 2017, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome