Web developer

Web developers create, develop and maintain websites and web applications.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become a Web developer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship


You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree. Relevant subjects include:

  • web design and development
  • computer science
  • digital media development
  • software engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level for a foundation degree 
  • 1 or 2 A levels for a higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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You could do a Level 3 or 4 Diploma in Web Development. 

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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You could take a higher apprenticeship for IT, software, web and telecoms professionals.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Volunteering and experience

You could also get some of the skills you'll need by volunteering to set up a website for a charity, an event or a small business.

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Career tips

When you're applying for work, you'll need to have evidence of your skills and technical abilities through a portfolio, or online testimonies.

Further information

Tech Future Careers and Bubble Digital Career Portal have more details about working in IT including web development.

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
  • this job requires a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • meeting clients to discuss what they want their site to do
  • preparing a design plan
  • deciding which branding, text, colours and backgrounds to use
  • laying out pages and positioning buttons, links and pictures using design software
  • adding multimedia features like sound, animation and video
  • testing and improving the design and site
  • uploading the site to a server

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

With experience, you could specialise in a particular area, like e-commerce or move up to a more senior role like lead programmer or project leader.

You could also move into other IT fields, like systems analysis or IT project management.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Digital Solutions Degree Apprenticeship – Software Engineering

  • Wage : £20,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Coventry CV3 4LF

Digital Information Management Apprentice

  • Wage : Competitive salary
  • Location: Barrow-in-Furness LA14 1AF

Courses In England


  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: CHESTERFIELD

Internet Software Development Foundation Degree (FdSc) YR1

  • Provider: East Surrey College
  • Start date: 01 October 2019
  • Location: Redhill

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