Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time / Placement
Duration: 1.5 years full-time; 2.5 years placement
UCAS code: G525 (top-up), G526 (top-up with a placement year)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Build on your past studies with our Web Development top-up degree. You'll explore industry standard design and development technologies, methods and languages.

* The BSc (Hons) Web Development (Top up) with a placement year course is subject to validation.

Building on the foundations of your HND or FdSc, our Web Development top-up course will give you a solid understanding of industry standard design and development technologies, methods and languages and allow you to top-up to an Honours degree. This includes web page design, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP.

You'll learn about web design for a range of devices, including desktop browsers, smart phones and tablets. And you'll cover areas such as social media, search engine optimisation (SEO) and using third party application programming interfaces (APIs). You'll also learn about the business issues and opportunities facing web developers today.

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. On the sandwich version of our award, you can spend a year working as a web developer to gain experience in the field.

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

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:

  • ARM, Cambridge
  • Codeweavers, Stafford
  • Zumm Creative, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Fisheye, Shrewsbury
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
  • Wide Angle Software, Stafford
  • Promtek, Stoke-on-Trent

Course content

If you choose the sandwich version of our award, you’ll complete a 48 week placement between your first and second years. This will allow you to put into practice what you have learned so far and gain valuable workplace experience.

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

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.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Web Project Compulsory
Server Side Scripting Optional
Programming with HTML APIs Optional
Methods and Tools for Enhancing User Experience Optional
Visual Web Design Optional
Design for Mobile Devices Optional
Real World Web Design Optional
Mobile Application Development Optional
Distributed Web Applications Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Web Project Compulsory
Server Side Scripting Optional
Programming with HTML APIs Optional
Methods and Tools for Enhancing User Experience Optional
Visual Web Design Optional
Design for Mobile Devices Optional
Real World Web Design Optional
Mobile Application Development Optional
Distributed Web Applications Optional

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Final Year Project Compulsory
Applying Mathematics to Computing 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.