Web developer apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursea college coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this role
You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
- web design and development
- computer science
- digital media development
- software engineering
You'll usually need 1 or 2 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma. You'll need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree.
You could do a college course
that may help you to get a trainee developer's job. Courses include:
- Level 3 Diploma in Web Development
- T level in Digital Production, Design and Development
- Level 4 Diploma in Software Development
- Level 5 Diploma in Computing
You may need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course or a T Level. You'll need 1 or 2 A-Levels, a Level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a Level 4 or Level 5 course.
You could take an apprenticeship
- Level 3 Software development technician
- Level 4 Software developer
- Digital and technology solutions specialist or professional degree apprenticeship.
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.
You may be able to start as a junior developer and improve your skills and knowledge by completing further training and qualifications while you work. Make sure that you're up to date with the latest industry trends and web development standards.
Web developer apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
Web developer apprenticeships - what you'll do
- meet internal/external clients to define their website requirements
- work as part of a larger development team
- prepare a design plan
- decide which branding, text, colours and backgrounds to use
- use design software to lay out pages, position buttons, links and pictures
- add multimedia features like sound, animation and video
- use different programming and coding languages
- test and improve the design and site
upload the site to a server
You could work from home, in an office or at a client's business.
Career path and progression - Web developer apprenticeships
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.