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User experience (UX) designer

Alternative titles for this job include

UX designers use research to understand their users and create websites, applications and software to meet their needs.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter


£50,000 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 User experience (UX) designer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could do a higher national diploma, degree or postgraduate award in:

  • product design
  • digital marketing
  • graphic design
  • human computer interaction (HCI)
  • digital media and web design

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma
  • 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
  • T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Level 4 Certificate in Digital Media Design

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

  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course

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You could start by doing a digital user experience (UX) professional degree apprenticeship.

You may also find a digital accessibility specialist higher apprenticeship useful for this job.

After completing your apprenticeship, you could find work with a digital design agency or user research company.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 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 get work experience by volunteering to help in research sessions, or by doing some user interviewing. You could also get involved in the online user experience community and find a mentor to help you.

Direct Application

You can apply directly to companies or go through an agency that specialises in providing digital design professionals to clients.

You'll need qualifications and lots of relevant experience to do this.

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Career tips

You'll find it useful to have:

  • knowledge of development tools like HTML and CSS
  • experience of using design software like Adobe Creative Suite
  • experience of creating wireframes and prototypes by hand and with software
  • an understanding of agile project development methods

It'll help if you have a portfolio to showcase examples of your work.

Further information

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What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • persistence and determination
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • maths knowledge
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a daily basis you'll:

  • help your team decide the user experience (UX) strategy for its products and services
  • do research to understand service and business needs
  • build prototypes and drafts that communicate your ideas to the team
  • write clear specifications and guidelines for developers or designers
  • work closely with visual designers to meet users needs
  • work with the research team to plan and carry out user research and testing
  • lead or take part in review sessions to discuss how a project has gone
  • analyse issues and recommend solutions

Working environment

You could work in an office, from home or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could move into a management job and supervise other designers.

You could also move into a development role if you've got experience of programming languages.

You could work freelance as a self-employed contractor for clients.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Digital User Experience (UX) degree apprenticeship

  • Wage: £14,000 a year Annually
  • Location: City Place, West Sussex

Courses In England

Level 3 Certificate in Digital Product Design

  • Start date: 24 April 2025
  • Location: London

T Level Digital - Digital Production, Design and Development

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Barnet

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