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Web Development HND

(SCQF level 8)

Applied Computing & Digital Technologies, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


There is high demand for jobs in this area of expertise and this course is designed to prepare you for progression to University, employment as a web developer/designer or support the growth of a business start-up in digital technologies. This course would also suit individuals who have a background in design or other digital disciplines and require essential web technology skills to increase their employability opportunities. 

Beginning with the fundamentals of website development, you will build on a foundation of client-side technologies (HTML5, CSS frameworks) and UI/UX  design through to more advanced studies on JavaScript, JavaScript libraries, CMS(WordPress), PHP/MySQLi and web servers. 

Year 2 explores these subjects in more detail and introduces development technologies such as server-side languages, API integration and JavaScript frameworks. You will learn how to create data-driven content management systems using current web technologies. With these skills, you will be able to create websites that are dynamic, media-rich and responsive to user interaction.

There are opportunities to enter the UK WorldSkills Web Design competition, develop employability skills by team working and there may be opportunities to get involved with real clients and web projects.

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

Year 1 entry

  • One Higher at Grade C or above in a relevant subject AND National 5 English at Grade C or above; OR
  • National Qualification at SCQF level 5 or 6 in relevant subject areas such as Digital Media Computing, Computing or Software Development; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Year 2 entry:

  • An HNC Digital Design and Web Development, preferably with 15 credits.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

  • HTML5.
  • CSS3.
  • JavaScript.
  • JavaScript libraries and frameworks.
  • Responsive Design.
  • UI/UX Design.
  • PHP/MySQLi.
  • API integration.
  • Programming languages
  • Database creation and integration.
  • Apache Server.
  • Multiplatform web development.
  • CMS (WordPress).

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.
  • Digital Media & Interaction Design at Napier University.
  • BSc/BSc (Hons) Creative Computing at Napier University.
  • BEng (Hons) Web Design & Development at Napier University.

Continuing study

Successful students can progress on to:




How the course is taught

A mix of practical activities, demonstrations, groups work and discussions and research.

Assessment methods

The course involves both practical and written assessments.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome