Entrants usually have a degree (SCQF Levels 9-11) or HND (SCQF Level 8) in a subject such as web design and development, digital media or interactive media.
If you have a degree in a non-computing subject you could take a postgraduate (SCQF Level 11) course in a related subject.
For entry to an HND course you normally require 1-2 Highers plus some subjects at National 5. For entry to a degree course you need 4-5 Highers.
You might get in through a Modern Apprenticeship in IT and Telecommunications at SCQF Level 6 or Creative and Digital Media at SCQF Level 7, then work your way up with experience and further specialist training, or a Technical Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 8.
You may need to do a technical test as part of a job interview.
Knowledge of web technologies is useful, for example: HTML and CSS; design and graphics software, such as Illustrator and Adobe Creative Suite; and content management systems.
Studying for the Foundation Apprenticeship Creative and Digital Media, which you can start in S5 and study at school and college, can count towards entry of a course. Entry requirements vary between colleges, but you usually need 3-5 subjects at National 5 including English. Maths, Art and Design, Computing Science or a science subject may be required. It is recommended that you work towards relevant Highers by the end of S6.
There are jobs in almost all industries, including retail, IT, education, the media, central and local government, finance, the communications industry and health care. Jobs are advertised in the press and on the internet.
What Does it Take?
You need to have:
good attention to detail
an eye for design, colour and shape
an understanding of web technologies and standards
good communication skills
a good understanding of how people interact with websites and web applications
an up to date knowledge of developments in IT.
You need to be able to:
listen to your client's ideas and interpret them
work accurately under pressure and meet tight deadlines
understand your client's business needs
work well as part of a team and individually.
Training can be on the job with part time study.
You would usually complete other short courses whilst working.
You can take short courses, in appropriate software or programming languages, to fill gaps in your knowledge and keep up to date with new packages.
With experience, you might become a project manager.