Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time / Placement
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a foundation year) full-time; 4 years placement
UCAS code: G498, G497 (with a placement year), G499 (with a foundation year)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Explore cutting edge web development technologies and techniques on our Web Design degree. You'll learn how to create professional and intuitive web interfaces.

* The BSc (Hons) Web Design with a foundation year course is subject to validation.

Our course is ideal for those who want to learn how to create increasingly complex interfaces for the web. You will explore cutting-edge web development technologies and techniques as well as how to create professional and future-proof web interfaces that harness the full power and flexibility of the web from both technical and aesthetic design perspectives.

The course will prepare you for work across the main elements of web design including web development and user analysis/experience. Throughout the course, you will have access to Microsoft Certifications via our Microsoft IT Academy membership. There will also be the opportunity to gain MTA certifications related to web design. Our industry standard facilities consist of quality PCs, a specialist usability lab and access to a mobile devices including smart watches, phones and tablets.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Web Design

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Past students have undertaken placements with companies and organisations including:

  • Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
  • Yee Group Ltd, Burton-on-Trent

Course content

You’ll learn about industry-standard web design and development, including web page design, HTML, CSS and JavaScript. You’ll look at web design for a range of devices, including desktop browsers, smart phones, watches and tablets. And you’ll study web design concepts, visual trends, graphical communication, design aesthetics, media on the web, accessibility, usability and user experience.

You’ll get to develop a portfolio of work, and you’ll work with a real business on a real web project – from conception to implementation.

If you take our sandwich degree, you’ll spend your third year on a work placement. This is your opportunity to apply your knowledge learned so far in the workplace. You will find the placement a true representation of working in the real world and experience the responsibility of working within a team on live projects. The hands-on knowledge you develop will also help to shape your future career path, as you’ll have gained representative hands-on experience, which is not easy to find in any other way.

In your final year, you’ll complete a project showcasing your skills as a web developer and you’ll have the chance to present your work in a graduate exhibition to local businesses.

If you do not have the correct UCAS points to join the BSc degree to begin with, you could sign up to our foundation year. This covers professional skills development, web and databases, maths, and software engineering.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Foundation Year

Semester 1
Module title
Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills Compulsory
Introduction to Web Technologies and Database Systems Compulsory
Introductory Mathematics Compulsory
Introduction to Software Development and Computer Systems Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills Compulsory
Introduction to Web Technologies and Database Systems Compulsory
Introductory Mathematics Compulsory
Introduction to Software Development and Computer Systems Compulsory

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Fundamentals of Computing and Mathematics Compulsory
Introduction to Programming Compulsory
Web Concepts Compulsory
Skills for Computing Professionals Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Fundamentals of Computing and Mathematics Compulsory
Introduction to Programming Compulsory
Web Concepts Compulsory
Skills for Computing Professionals Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Web Project Compulsory
Visual Web Design Compulsory
Methods and Tools for Enhancing User Experience Compulsory
Digital Media and The Web Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Web Project Compulsory
Visual Web Design Compulsory
Methods and Tools for Enhancing User Experience Compulsory
Digital Media and The Web Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Final Year Project Compulsory
Ubiquitous Computing Compulsory
Design for Mobile Devices Compulsory
Real World Web Design Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Final Year Project Compulsory
Design for Mobile Devices Compulsory
Real World Web Design Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.