Web Design and Development BSc (Hons)

Web Design and Development BSc (Hons)

School of Journalism, Media and Performance




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    H620; Short form: BSc/Web

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Most organisations have an online presence, and demand is strong for graduates with the specialist skills and expertise to design, develop and maintain the highly usable feature-rich web applications that are a key aspect of modern life and business. You’ll be taught in a digital media environment and this course is ideal if you wish to pursue a career designing and developing websites, apps and other interactive products for media, publishing, e-commerce, arts and education. You’ll work on live briefs helping you to build a strong knowledge base and technical expertise in areas including scripting/coding, graphics/motion graphics, audio/video and user experience design (UX). 

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access To HE with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate - 28P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5.
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

104 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access to HE with 106 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate 26P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSE at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

UCLan Open Day, 12 November 2016 (Banner)

Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Web Design and Development
  • Contextual Studies
  • Computer Graphics

Optional modules

  • Multimedia Production
  • Video Production
  • Audio Production

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Application Design & Delivery
  • Graphic Communication
  • Professional Practice

Optional Modules

  • Video Post-Production
  • Code Design

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Portfolio Projects
  • User Experience Design
  • Research Project
  • Enterprise Development and Production

Further Information

To learn more about our School and the range of courses within it, go to our homepage. If you’d like to learn more about the successes and awards experienced by our students, staff and alumni, visit our news page.

Integrated into the media mix, this course gives equal emphasis to the visual side of the web, as well as to industry standard coding skills. With our support and flexibility, you can take a year out between your second and third years to study or work abroad and learn about different cultures. You’ll be following in the footsteps of the many UCLan students who found a job in the professional area of their choice within a short time of graduating.

The course leader for this course is Gavin Allanwood.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Case Studies

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is delivered using a wide range of learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars, and practical lab sessions where you will have access to high specification computer systems running the latest software.

Assessment includes practical assignments, reports, essays, presentations, conventional examinations and computer-based examinations. For some modules you will be involved in group work in others you will be expected to work independently.

English Regions Skills Review 2015

UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:

The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).

At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.

I joined UCLan wanting to be a web designer. The course gave me the knowledge and the tutors pointed me in the right direction. From my experience, the relationships with staff and colleagues were equally as important as the syllabus.

Oliver Mustoe-Playfair


Our students have gone onto work for BAE systems, the BBC graduate entry scheme, and some have gone on to set up their own businesses. Jonathan Lee is a director at the City Business Centre in Preston, Lancashire; Chris Gibbons works as a UX developer at Code Computerlove in Manchester and Oliver Mustoe-Playfair is a director at Deramores Retail Ltd. Thom Rimmer is a front end web designer and developer at Motionlab in Preston while Rebecca Topps is a UX designer at Sigma in Manchester.

You’ll work on live projects for clients, allowing you to experience and apply industry relevant technology and techniques to real-world problems.