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Web Design Technologies (Certificate of Higher Education)

Do you want to develop professional web design and web authoring skills and learn how to apply these skills in the workplace? This university-level professional development course introduces web design and multimedia authoring in a business environment. It aims to enhance knowledge, technical skills and expertise in areas affected by rapidly changing information, database and web technologies. You can choose to do a project tackling a real-life work-related problem, for example creating a small business website, a database, a spreadsheet business model or an online shop.

Progression to degrees at Birkbeck

If you complete the Certificate of Higher Education in Web Design Technologies (eight modules worth 120 credits) you have the option of continuing your studies to gain a Foundation Degree in Computing/Information Technology/Web Development. Completion of the Foundation Degree requires two further years of part-time study. You then have the option of continuing your studies to gain a BSc Computing.

Course structure

To gain the Certificate of Higher Education in Web Design Technologies, you must successfully complete eight modules from those listed below, worth a total of 120 credit points.

  • You must first complete a Certificate of Continuing Education in Web Design, which comprises Modules 1-4, worth a total of 60 credit points.
  • To gain the Certificate of Higher Education in Web Design Technologies, you must then complete any four additional modules from Modules 5-10, worth a further 60 credits, making 120 credits in total.

Module groups

All modules can also be taken as stand-alone short courses.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements

    No formal entry requirements. However, good numeracy and literacy skills are required, as well as good keyboard and basic computer skills, such as the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL).

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • Fees


    Fees are payable per module and vary depending on the course. Please click on the Course Structure tab and then click on the title of individual modules to see the fees for each module. The overall cost of the certificate will depend on the modules you choose.

    Please note: if you intend to study this certificate part-time and fund your studies via a student loan, this may affect your entitlement for future full-time funding. Find out more about funding your studies with a student loan.

  • Teaching and assessment


    Blended learning, including lectures and practical IT skills-based workshops. All learning materials are available online.


    A mixture of tutor-marked assignments, mini-projects and coursework portfolio (no examinations).

  • Careers and employability

    Careers and employability

    Graduates go on to careers in web design and web development, database design and database administration, information systems management, programming and content management.

    We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    This is a modular enrolment certificate, so you will need to enrol onto individual modules (rather than onto the entire programme of study). Please view the Course Structure and then click on the title of individual modules to see class dates and times and to enrol.