Web Design and Development

Web Design and Development BSc (Hons)

Demand is strong for graduates with the expertise to design, develop and maintain the web applications that are a key aspect of modern working life. 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 will be taught in a digital media environment and work on live briefs to industry standards helping you to build a strong knowledge base and technical expertise in areas including scripting/coding, digital graphics/data graphics, and user experience design (UXD). You can work on live projects for clients, allowing you to experience and apply industry relevant technology and techniques to real-world problems. Many graduates secure jobs in top web development companies, national broadcasters and digital agencies.

Career Prospects

There is very strong demand for our graduates who have a high level of graduate level employment, and the course provides several technical and non-technical career options, spanning front-end web development, back-end web development, user experience design and e-commerce solutions. Our graduates can be found in leading-edge companies, managing teams, planning the user experience, writing solid code and designing smart visual interfaces.

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • There are often many opportunities, including internships, and placements with real-world clients, to work in the industry throughout the degree.
  • The course is hands-on and practically based with the unique opportunity to develop both front-end design and back-end development skills.
  • Our students have gone onto work for BAE Systems, the BBC graduate entry scheme, have gained internships and secured jobs within the industry. 

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Web Design & UX
  • Web Development
  • Computer Graphics
  • Contextual Studies
  • Multimedia Production

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Application Design & Delivery
  • Graphic Communication
  • Code for Design
  • Data Driven Applications

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

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Further Information

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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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.

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Jack Gregory

"Studying Web Design and Development at UCLan has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience filled with exciting challenges and opportunities in a welcoming environment. Working on a number of industry-standard projects to develop my knowledge and experience, I have learnt an array of skills not only suitable to Web Design, but in the field of media as a whole. Providing a broad range of taught material, this course has given me the opportunity to produce the type of creative work that I have a passion for. Starting in year 1 as a new student who was low in confidence, I have made contacts and lifelong friends along the way, which along with some valuable guidance from my tutors, has allowed me to blossom into a well-rounded adult, ready for a career in industry."

Jack Gregory 2019, Web Design and Development graduate

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cJAM: Media

Final year undergraduate and postgraduate media students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event. cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities. The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session. The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent. Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.