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E-learning developer

Alternative titles for this job include Digital learning developer

E-learning developers create course materials that can be studied on a computer network or online.

Average salary (a year)

£19,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

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How to become an e-learning developer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You can do a foundation degree or degree in:

  • computing
  • multimedia design
  • educational technology

If you already have a degree or relevant work experience, you can do a postgraduate qualification in e-learning technology.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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You could do a college course, which may lead onto more advanced qualifications or a higher apprenticeship, or help you to get a trainee position with a company. Courses include:

  • A level in Computing
  • Level 3 Certificate in Programming
  • T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Level 3 Certificate in Web Design and Development

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and computing
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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You may be able to do a Digital Learning Designer Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship.

This can take around 2 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You could start out as a junior developer or e-learning assistant, if you've got computing A levels or equivalent. You'll also need a working knowledge of web design software.

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Career tips

Blackboard and Moodle are widely used by education institutions and an understanding of how these work will be useful.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Learning and Performance Institute for professional development opportunities.

Further information

You can find out more about the e-learning industry through the eLearning Network.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • build and maintain online training areas known as virtual learning environments (VLEs)
  • adapt off-the-shelf VLE products
  • talk with users to find out about their training needs
  • work with tutors, trainers or development teams to create online learning materials
  • create interactive multimedia like video clips
  • modify content for use on other platforms, like mobile phones or tablets
  • make sure security measures are in place to control access
  • stay up to date with the latest design methods and technologies

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could progress to a senior development role, IT project management, e-learning research, strategy planning, technical sales and business development.

You could also move into related areas like educational or training consultancy, educational software development, systems analysis or the computer games industry.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Digital Learning Design Apprentice

  • Wage: £25,000.00 Annually
  • Location: London

Courses In England

L3 Certificate in Software Development

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Scunthorpe

Level 3 Certificate in Software Development

  • Start date: 09 January 2024
  • Location: London

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