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About the course

Do you have a passion for web design? Solent University’s web design and development programme provides an innovative blend of design and technology to develop your specialist knowledge and meet the needs of industry and consumers. Using the University’s industry-standard facilities, you’ll supplement your creativity with the complementary design and code skills needed to bring the web to life.

The web design and development programme at Solent University addresses the rapidly expanding market for professionally-designed web-based applications.

Students will study the aesthetics of web design alongside the underlying programming to address the market’s need for professionally-designed web applications.

The course maintains a strong practical focus, and students are introduced to professional design methodologies, such as prototyping and Agile, during their studies. Students are also taught to visualise interactive interfaces through rapid design prototyping and collaborative design, grounding their study of the web invaluable real-world experience with interactive multimedia and e-commerce services.

Past students have benefitted from a guest lecture programme with regular talks by industry speakers from agencies including Rockit Design and Adido.

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Students will learn a blend of graphic and design skills with underlying technical knowledge. The course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), meaning the course meets the strict standards set by the industry itself.

What does this course lead to?

Recent graduates have gone on to positions with local, regional and national web design agencies, self-employment and teaching. Specific graduate destinations include 3 Men and a Suit, Toolkit Websites, Think Creative and Chittak web application specialists.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for potential students who have a strong interest in designing websites and the technology behind them. The course content will appeal to those who wish to begin a career in digital communications as a designer or developer.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry I120
  • 4 Years Computing Foundation Year II16

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry I121
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year 
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,750

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

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Key entry requirements

72 - 96 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 72 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.  
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Alternative entry is available through the Computing Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement Year 4 years Apply

Computing Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Digital Creativity
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Exploring Design
  • Problem Solving through Programming
  • Web Technologies

Year two

Core units
  • Web Site Design
  • Developing for the Internet
  • Interactive Design
  • Digital Marketing
  • Human-Digital Interaction Design
  • Graduate and Professional Development

Year three

Core units
  • Project
  • Web Design for Industry
  • Web Application Development


  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Internet of Things
  • Creative Business Start Up
  • Solent Creatives
  • Web Animation

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Martin Reid academic profile Martin Reid Course Leader View profile
Joe Appleton academic profile Joe Appleton Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


To aid learning and help gain practical skills, students enjoy full access to the University’s extensive laboratory facilities, which include specialist computer labs containing industry-standard software including the industry-leading Adobe suite, networking and computing systems; and a usability lab, with TechSmith’s Morae usability software and a Tobii eye tracker. 

Students will also have access to our new devices lab, a special test area consisting of a range of the latest mobile devices mounted on flexible tethers - allowing you to test websites and apps on real equipment.

Optional units to focus on a particular area of interest are available in the final year of the programme. Students may work with Solent Creatives, the University’s in-house creative design agency, to gain hands-on experience.

Your future

Graduates possess a combination of graphical and design skills with the underlying technical knowledge needed to work in the IT industry. They can use tools and techniques to create websites, incorporating interactive content and design.

The skills developed on this course are valued by employers across a wide range of sectors, and students often start their own web design companies, work in design agencies or find roles as e-learning developers in schools, colleges and training companies.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Web designer
  • Web developer
  • Front-end web designer
  • E-learning developer
  • User experience consultant/analyst
  • User interface designer.
  • Solent University provides a stimulating experience which, combined with the challenges of learning and applying new software and technologies with academic rigour, has become an important step in my personal and professional development.

    Jon Mackintosh, Graduate

Industry links

Throughout the course you’ll have regular input from industry speakers, giving you insight into the latest developments in web technology and professional practice. In the past this has included Rockit Design and Adido.

We also encourage and support students to gain industry experience during the holiday period, or develop their final-year project in conjunction with industry. Our Solent Creatives agency also gives you a chance to gain experience on real-life projects.


Students are encouraged and supported in finding work placements during holiday periods, and may also be able to get involved with Solent Creatives, the University’s in-house, student run creative agency, working on live briefs for real clients and producing work to add to their portfolio. Students undertaking the work placement variant of the course will find a suitable position between years two and three, with support from the course team.

Further study

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