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Web Technology and Develpment Extended Diploma Level 3 at Gloucestershire College

Course description

This course gives you the opportunity to learn about the fast-moving world of commercial web design and development.

Website development and e-Commerce offer great opportunities for industry - big business and many developers are required to keep website content and functionality fresh, innovative and attractive! Web Development is a rewarding career path which requires you to design interesting online content, create rich functionality and involving interactivity to entice customers and reward returning visitors.

Course content

Your studies will include:

  • Interactive website design and development
  • Database-driven website design including SQL and PHP, HTML, XML, Java, client-side and server-side scripting
  • The role of a website designer including how to identify what businesses want their website to do, and then design, code and upload the website

This is a vocational programme it builds your practical skills, teaching you the knowledge you will need to become successful as a Commercial Website Developer.

The college supports you by providing well-equipped labs and up to date computer systems with modern website development software such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash and Photoshop.

Over the two years, you will study 18 units. You will receive details of the units at interview or induction.

Entry requirements

  • You will need to have successfully achieved 5 GCSEs, grades A* to C, including English and Maths, or successfully completed a Level 2 Diploma in Computing with merit and functional skills at Level 2.
  • Selection is dependent upon a successful interview, homework, completion of a 2-day selection event and a positive reference.


Typically, Diploma programmes have no formal exams, preferring to test your knowledge and understanding through a mixture of vocationally relevant assignments and projects. Assignments usually involve a high-degree of practical work although some will require you to complete background research before starting the task.

Most assignments will involve you doing work outside scheduled classes although your lecturers are fully committed to give you support when you need it. You should expect to be studying outside of your College classes for at least 12 hours per week.

Financial information

There is an exam fee for BTEC Registration. You’ll need to pay for various materials, including a USB Memory stick, CD's and printed resources.

You will have the opportunity to attend one or more course related day trips or activities during the year - a fee is charged at enrolment as a contribution towards these events.

Future opportunities

The Diploma in Web Technology and Development is a programme equivalent to studying three AS-Levels. Successful completion of the first year will enable you to progress onto the Extended Diploma. Completion of the Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 full A Levels and represents good progression for either work or Higher Education (e.g. Edexcel Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) or BSc Degree).

Alternatively, you may wish to seek employment within the industry as a junior website designer or graphic multimedia designer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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    • Our buzzing Gloucester campus is set in a prime location in the heart of the City, beside the historic Gloucester Docks which sees regular food festivals throughout the year and the Tall Ships Festival. 

      Gloucester campus facilities include:

      • Campus shop
      • Construction Street
      • Dance studio
      • Dining room
      • Enterprise lab
      • Health and social care ward
      • Library with online access and resources
      • Nursery
      • Sports hall
      • Starbucks counter
      • Theatre
      • TV and music recording studios