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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.

Our Web Design Technologies Certificate of Higher Education aims to enhance your 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.


  • This flexible certificate offers a number of options for students who are combining evening study with work and other daytime commitments: you can take modules as stand-alone short courses, or graduate with a Certificate of Continuing Education or the full Certificate of Higher Education.
  • The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck is one of the longest-established computing departments in the UK; we celebrate our 65th anniversary in 2022. We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment for both part-time and full-time students.
  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Our academic staff are leading researchers in their fields, drawn from both the academic and professional world
  • The Department has its own dedicated network within the College. We also have four state-of-the-art computing laboratories, with over 100 workstations. They are equipped with a wide range of cutting-edge software and tools.

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

You must register on and successfully complete:

  • four individual modules to a total of 60 credits to gain a Certificate of Continuing Education in Web Design (one to two years)
  • a further four individual modules to a total of 120 credits for the full Certificate of Higher Education in Web Design Technologies (two to four years).

Module groups

You can take these modules as part of this certificate, or as standalone 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 UK and you do not already have residency here, 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: Student visa
    • Courses of less than six months' duration: Standard Visitor visa

    International students who require a Student visa should apply for our full-time courses as these qualify for Student visa sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Student 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.

    Please also visit the international section of our website to find out more about relevant requirements by country.

  • 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 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.