Web developer

Computing and ICT
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What's it like?

You would design, build and look after websites and web applications for clients.

You could work for many different businesses and public sector organisations. Each project is different.

Among other tasks, your clients could ask you to:

  • Create a secure online shopping website
  • Develop a virtual learning environment (VLE) for a college
  • Set up a company intranet for staff

On a typical project, you would:

  • Talk to the client about their ideas
  • Build a site and add buttons, forms, video, sounds or animations
  • Make sure that the new site works with the client’s own systems and databases
  • Work on the site's appearance, often with a web designer
  • Come up with solutions for user access and security
  • Test the site to find and fix any problems before the public see it

Once you have built the site, you may continue to make small changes to make sure it is working properly. Depending on the contract, you could also continue to look after the site once it is up and running.

Working conditions

Hours

You would usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Evening and/or weekend work to meet deadlines is common. If self-employed, you may have to work long hours to complete a job on time.

Environment

The work is mainly office-based. If you work for a company you would normally be at one site, but if you are self-employed, you might work from home or on the client's premises.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

People behind the job

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Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Working as part of a team
  • Following instructions
  • Working on your own
  • Programming computers
  • Using computers
  • Finding solutions to problems
  • Being creative
  • Planning and organising
  • Time management
  • Paying attention to detail

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

Interested? Find out what's on offer at your school on Apprenticeships.scot.

Qualifications

You would need a Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) or a degree (SCQF level 9/10) in either

  • Web development
  • Multimedia development
  • Computing science
  • Or software engineering

To enter a Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) courses requires National 4/5 qualifications and at least two Highers (SCQF level 6).

To enter a degree course (SCQF level 9/10) requires National 5 qualifications and at least four Highers.

If you have a degree in another field but wish to be a web developer, then you would have to do a postgraduate 'conversion' course in an IT subject.

You can move to this job from other relevant ICT careers but you must have an understanding of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for website accessibility.

Some entrants move into web development from other computing jobs, such as programming.

Useful subjects

  • English (required by most courses and employers) 
  • Maths (required by most courses and employers) 
  • Physics
  • Technologies subjects such as computing science

You will also need

You may need to sit a technical test as part of the recruitment process.

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show knowledge of software, creative and problem-solving skills such Skills for Work Creative & Digital (SCQF level 4).

Work-based qualifications such as Scottish Vocational Qualification in ICT (SVQ level 2/3/4).

Knowledge of databases, content management systems and web technologies.