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BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development

From front-end interactive design to back-end skeleton and database structures.
Campuses
Glasgow, Liverpool, London
Fees
BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development
Domestic Fees
Select Campus
London

£9,000 per year

The annual tuition fee is fully funded via Student Finance England for eligible home fee students.

Glasgow

£7,500 per year

Partial funding is available for eligible home fee applicants who are resident in Scotland via the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

Liverpool

£9,000 per year

The annual tuition fee is fully funded via Student Finance England for eligible home fee students.

BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development
International Fees
Select Campus
London

EU students £9,000* per year (self-funded)

Non-EU students £13,000 per year (self-funded)

(*Student visa required)

Glasgow

EU students £7,500* per year (self-funded)

Non-EU students £11,500 per year (self-funded)

(*Student visa required)

Liverpool

EU students £9,000* per year (self-funded)

Non-EU students £13,000 per year (self-funded)

(*Student visa required)

Duration(s)
2 years full-time
BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development
Course Durations
2 years full-time
Start Date(s)
September
BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development
Start Dates
Glasgow
  • September

Liverpool
  • September

London
  • September

Entry Requirements
BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development
Domestic Entry Requirements
Domestic students must meet one of the following criteria:
Degree entry Offers will be made to applicants who are expected to meet, or exceed the entry requirements below, in addition to supplying a personal statement:
72 UCAS points
GCSE level A* - C in English AND Mathematics 9 - 4 (or equivalent). For students studying in Scotland this is equivalent to National 5, C grade
Personal statement
Non-standard entry routes SAE Institute will accept non-standard entry applications, which do not meet the 72 UCAS points or equivalent, and/or maths/English at level 2 or equivalent as required:
Portfolio of related work - This could include recordings, films, sketch books, a blog or any suitable medium that gives you the best opportunity to show us your creative potential.
Successful pass mark achieved via the SAE UK Maths test
Academic Essay
Further Domestic Entry Information
For more information, please look at our Domestic Entry page
Domestic Entry Requirements
BA/BSc (Hons) Web Development
International Entry Requirements
English language requirements Students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English, equivalent to UK GCSE (Level 2) grade 4 (c) or above. Equivalent qualifications can be accepted, where these qualifications have been verified by ENIC and are adopted widely within the UK Higher Education sector, including:
IELTS (UKVI or Academic) (minimum 5.5 in all components and an overall score of 6.0)
www.ielts.org
Pearson Test of English (minimum 51 in all subscores)
www.pearsonpte.com
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (minimum grade C)
www.cambridgeenglish.org
Cambridge English: Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (B2 First) – minimum grade C
TOEFL (IBT or IBT Home Edition online) 72 overall with the following component scores:
  • Listening – 17
  • Writing – 17
  • Speaking – 20
  • Reading – 18
www.ets.org/toefl
LanguageCert ESOL examinations:
  • International ESOL C1 Expert – pass in all four components
  • International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) – minimum 33 in all components
  • ESOL Integrated Skills in English II – pass in all components
www.languagecert.org
• IELTS Indicator* (online) – minimum 5.5 in all components and an overall score of 6.0
*Accepted on exceptional basis for the applicants whose local test centres are affected by closures due to Covid-19
IELTS
Further International Entry Information
For more information, please look at our International Entry page
International Entry Requirements

Your career in web design and development now

Learn in world class studio environments Top spec PC and Mac lab, Industry-standard software, Full access to Adobe creative suite including: Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC.
Practical, immersive training Practical skills are vital. Our learning approach is a blend of vocational and academic from day one.
Creative collaboration Work on projects with songwriters, designers, game developers, filmmakers and animators.
Expand your career Graduate with a portfolio, work experience, employability and entrepreneurial skills and a network of fellow creatives.

Web design and development course covers:

Front-end development Interactive design Data-base and Back-end development Online marketing Project management

Course Structure

BA/BSc Web Development is broken up into three distinct stages, each designed to develop different skills.
Trimester 1
You will begin your learning journey with design and development fundamentals that will underpin many principles that you will explore throughout your studies. This will introduce you to coding languages and design principles that will enable you to develop aesthetically pleasing and responsive websites.
This is the counterpart to Web Design Basics, in which you will learn how to design and develop web applications with HyperText Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Advanced CSS Selectors and Animation, and Responsive Design. This trimester also covers the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines and validation, as well as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Along with project management skills, best practices in web design and development will also be explored.

Topics include:

  • History of Web development
  • Web Development Technologies
  • Introduction to Theoretical Programming Fundamentals
  • HTML Document Object Model (DOM) and Semantic Tags
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Advanced Selectors
  • CSS Animation and Parallax Scrolling Effects
  • External Libraries and Frameworks
  • W3C Guidelines and Validation
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
During this first trimester you will learn about the principles and practical tools of web design. You will also learn about design concepts, user experience, and visual communication, while considering how to use design fundamentals to meet specific user needs. Throughout the trimester you will gain a firm foundation in the best practices and industry standards as well as developing an understanding of the theoretical foundations required for professional work in the web industry. Broader issues of copyright and intellectual property will be addressed.

Topics include:

  • Elements and Principles of Design
  • Colour Theory Basics
  • Web Design Fundamentals
  • Responsive Design Principles
  • Using and Choosing Website Layouts
  • Design Process
  • Photo Editing and Vector Graphics
  • Web Prototyping (Low Fidelity and High Fidelity)
  • User-Centred Design Principles
  • Intellectual Property & Copyright

Trimester 2
Throughout the second teaching term you will be introduced to the core principles and processes of font-end and back-end web development tools and technologies.
Front-end fundamentals introduce you to the basics of user interaction and front-end development for the web. You will develop your programming skills with appropriate technologies to develop complex user interactions, culminating in the creation of an interactive and responsive web application.

Topics include:

  • Front-End Scripting Languages
  • DOM Manipulation and HTML Events
  • Effective Grid System
  • JavaScript Programming, Libraries, and Frameworks
  • Responsive Design and Development
  • Node.js and GitHub
  • Asynchronous Requests to Third-Party API’s and Data Manipulation
  • Animations and Micro-Interactions with JavaScript
  • Preparation of a Plan for a Project’s Development and Delivery
This is the culmination of Level 4 in which you will focus on developing the back-end of web applications. Web and database servers, structured query language (SQL) and Content Management Systems (CMS) will be explored. You will be able to use OOP data structures and principles like encapsulation, abstraction, and inheritance to design and develop web apps while applying relevant design patterns.
You will also explore the interrelationship between back-end and front-end development and enhance your presentation skills which will help you pitch concepts and project ideas.

Topics include:

  • Routing and URL manipulation
  • Backend scripting language
  • Database Design
  • SQL CRUD Operations
  • Introduction to Web Servers
  • Web App Validation
  • Web Server Administration
  • API Design and Data Manipulation
  • MVC Software Design Pattern
  • Content Management Systems
Trimester 3
Trimester 3 introduces you to a professional working environment where you will undertake a number of prescribed project briefs using a project based ‘creative studio’ approach. Creative Studios provide a practically focused approach to your education, through the engagement with authentic assessment activities that reflect industry practices.
During creative studio 1 you will develop your professional practice and focus on creating mobile apps using Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and Native Object Structures. You will be able to design and develop mobile apps using OOP data structures and concepts such as encapsulation, abstraction, and inheritance, incorporating appropriate design patterns.

Topics you may draw upon in Creative Studio 1 include:

  • Key Concepts and Methods of Selecting a Native Programming Language
  • OOP and Native Object Structures
  • Mobile Database Management System
  • Introduction to Mobile OS SDK
  • Mobile MVC Software Design Pattern
  • Mobile OS Activity Lifecycle
  • Device Configurations and Alternative Resources
  • Mobile OS Logging and Debugging
  • Mobile OS Versions and Issues
Trimester 4
You will develop an understanding of professional workflows for environment creation and real-time web development.
The second Creative Studio provides you with knowledge and skills about online and social media marketing as well as its role and value in successful web campaigns. You will learn about Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and market analysis as well as how to use them as tools for better product placement. You will also learn about social media techniques, platforms, tools, principles, and practices for efficient online and social media marketing.You will gain competencies required for project managers to lead and manage their teams effectively and deliver projects successfully.

Topics you may draw upon in Creative Studio 2 include:

  • Fundamental of Online Marketing and Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Search Engine Optimaisation (SEO) and Social Media Promotion
  • E-Commerce and CMS Systems
  • E-Payment Systems
  • Viral Marketing, Guerilla Marketing and Email Marketing
  • Tracking and Analysis
  • Usability of Online Marketing
  • Project and Time Management
  • Leading a Team and Team-Winning Strategies
Trimester 5
As you enter your penultimate study period, you will begin to specialise your skills within your chosen area of the web development industry.
This third Creative Studio allows you to tailor to your professional interest, which can be supported through the creation of your own practical research project or real life-projects suggested by local industry. Work-based learning is completed through real briefs and placements. After several months of work experience in a particular aspect of the web development industry, a portfolio can be compiled. Using the skills and knowledge you gained in level 4, you will be able to construct and develop advanced web and mobile apps. You may also have the opportunity to explore, learn about, and use emerging development tools and technologies such as Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Gamification, Virtual Reality, the Internet of Things, and others.

Topics you may draw upon in Creative Studio 3 include:

  • Research Methodologies
  • Application in the Creative Media Industries
  • Industry Engagement Analysis
  • Project Design, Development, and Testing
  • Project and Time Management
  • Build and Deploy a Functional Portfolio Website, Web App or Mobile App
  • Work Experience

Trimester 6
This final module enables students pursuing the Web Development award to demonstrate their skills in a large scale, advanced level project.
During your final trimester you will work to the completion of your final Major Project, which will have been designed, scoped and approved through the preceding term. This project gives you the opportunity to focus and advance your knowledge and skills in your chosen specialism within your field, and serves as the culmination of your learning journey with us.

Previously, students have used the Major Project as a springboard into industry, creating award winning projects, establishing their own businesses or making connections with industry professionals that have led to employment.
UCAS Course Codes
BA (Hons)Web Development W281
University of Hertfordshire
Level 6 This program was developed and is delivered and assessed by SAE Institute, awarded by and quality assured by University of Hertfordshire.

What jobs will this course lead me into?

  • Applications Developer
  • Game Developer
  • Multimedia Programmer
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • SEO Specialist
  • UX Designer
  • UX Researcher
  • Web Content Manager

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Course FAQs

Yes, we are excited to teach our students the latest technologies including photoshop, illustrator and XD to create pleasant and professional website design.

Yes, you will learn how to design and develop a mobile app using a high-level programming language and different platforms such as Android and iPhone.

Yes, we will use a wide range of tools and software such as CMS, front-end and back-end technology, web server and database.

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