Web designer

Alternative titles for this job include Digital designer

Web designers use their creative and technical skills to design new websites and redesign existing ones.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become a web designer

You can get into this job through:

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


You could take a higher national diploma or degree in:

  • web design and development
  • multimedia design
  • digital media development
  • interactive computing

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

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You could take a college course to learn some of the skills needed in this job. For example:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Web Design and Development
  • 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, for a level 3 course
  • 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 complete training like an advanced apprenticeship for IT, software, web professionals, or a higher apprenticeship in creative and digital media.

You could also do a creative digital design degree apprenticeship.

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 start working as a design assistant or web support assistant and train while you work.

Volunteering and experience

You could volunteer for a local community group or charity and create a website for them. Any experience you can get will be helpful when applying for jobs.

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Career tips

You'll need a portfolio of work that shows employers your creative design skills.

Make sure that you're up to date with the latest trends, features and design software by:

  • getting involved in free webinars or online training courses
  • signing up to free online magazines
  • reading the latest industry blogs for news and tips

Further information

You can get more advice about careers in web design from Tech Future Careers.

You can also find out more from Discover Creative Careers.

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
  • the ability to write computer programs
  • 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

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • take a lead role in maintaining and developing a site
  • attend meetings to plan and develop site content, style and appearance
  • use web content management systems (CMS)
  • analyse website usage statistics
  • write reports for senior managers, clients and partnership organisations
  • carry out quality assurance checks on content
  • report technical problems to IT support staff

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

With experience you could move into design team management or expand your skills to become a web content manager.

You might work towards a move into business management.

You could also work as a freelance web designer or set up your own web design business.

Current opportunities

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Courses In England

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