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Job Description


Web and App developers are responsible for designing, building and maintaining websites, website applications or mobile apps. They are heavily involved in coding and other technical aspects of these platforms and maybe also be involved with graphics. They can also be involved with the maintenance, additions and updates of existing sites and applications.

Web developers will use programming languages or source code to create software to meet their clients requirements for websites and possibly mobile applications.  You might specialise in either website or mobile application development or work across a broad range of Internet based technologies.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You could do a college course that may help you to get a trainee developer's job.

The following colleges may offer a relevant course Computing:

Or your local sixth form may offer a relevant A level.


You could take a software developer higher apprenticeship, or a higher apprenticeship for IT, software and web professionals.

You could also do a digital and technology solutions 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.

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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
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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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.

Career tips

Make sure that you're up to date with the latest industry trends and web development standards.

You can get more advice about working in computing from Tech Future Careers and The Chartered Institute for IT.

Career Path and Progression

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.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Computer games developer
  • Database administrator
  • Network engineer
  • Network manager
  • Software developer

Required Skills

  • creative flair
  • good problem solving skills
  • attention to detail
  • able to communicate your ideas and designs in simplistic terms
  • good analysis skills
  • the ability to work well in part of a team and on your own initiative

Salary Range

£20,000 to £55,000

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