IT (Web Development) Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 Digital Academy

This course is ideal for those interested in pursuing a career as a Web Developer.

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Ideal if:

You are interested in a career in web development.

You’ll need:

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and maths, or equivalent qualifications.

Mature students will be able to bring life experience and skills, but this can be discussed at interview.

You’ll learn:

Over the 2 years of your course you will study 18 units (9 in each year). You will cover core Web technologies including:

  • Creating Webpage content and structure with HTML /XHTML
  • Styling the pages with CSS - (1½ units)
  • Graphics - (2 units)
  • JavaScript - (1½ units)
  • PHP - (2½ units)
  • Web databases (MySQL) - (2½ units)
  • Flash animation and scripting Flash with ActionScript - (3 units)

You will also look at how computers work and how IT-based systems such as Websites can be designed to do what businesses need them to do.  There is no other course available at this level which offers such a focused look at Web development.



A challenging but enjoyable course which is assessed by a combination of practical activities and written assignments throughout.

You’ll love:

Learning industry related skills and knowledge that will equip you for further study or employment in the ever changing and dynamic world of IT.

You’ll go on to:

The BTEC Extended Diploma is the equivalent of 3 A-levels so your options are many.  Unless you are learning Web development for your own enjoyment you will presumably be looking towards a career at some point.  Traditionally you have three choices in how to move into Web design or development:

  • Get a job/apprenticeship with a Web Design/Development company
  • Try to find people who are willing to pay you to create Web sites for them and build a business
  • Study the subject at degree-level at a university or affiliated college

Whichever path you choose you will need to be committed and enthusiastic to succeed in this area.  Web development is a booming industry, even after being around for a while now, but there is also a lot of competition from mediocre developers.  You will need to stand out in some way and this unique course is a good start.

The average salary for an IT Business Analyst is about £40,000 a year with forecasts predicting 60,000 more jobs becoming available in the next 10 years.


IT (Web Development) Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma

Start Date

September 2017


St Austell


2 years

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