Digital Design and Web Development HNC

UCAS code 107I

What is special about this course?

Websites and apps have become an important element of marketing and communications for businesses and organisations. To remain successful, traditional web development companies have to change and adapt to the developing technologies.

Digital agencies are replacing web design and development companies; services provided have expanded into: e-commerce; app development; digital marketing and branding; SEO; UX/UI design; graphic design; video production; motion graphics; animation; and copywriting. Many larger organisations have their own digital teams who provide services in-house.

The HNC Digital Design and Web Development will give you a professional grounding in the principles surrounding the development of interactive and digital media products, as well as skills in a number of key areas including: graphic design; 2D animation; web design; app/game development; audio/video production; and visual effects. It will provide you with an up-to-date qualification within an ever-changing employment market, as well as a progression route to HND level and beyond.

Special features

  • Gain a solid foundation in a number of key technical areas including web design, digital content production and human computer interaction technologies
  • Opportunity to think creatively in the design and production of digital/interactive products
  • Enhance your confidence and ability to enter a workplace environment


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above OR
  • NC Computing with Digital Media Level 6 OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Creative and Digital Media
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
  • You may be required to attend an interview

Year 1 - HNC

Core units include:

  • Developing software: introduction
  • System development: user-centred design
  • Team working in computing
  • Digital design and web development: graded unit 1
  • Digital graphics fundamentals
  • User interface design
  • Web technologies 1: HTML and CSS

Option units may include:

  • Graphic design
  • Manage database systems using SQL
  • Digital media: video
  • Web development: content management systems (CMS)
  • Developing mobile web based applications: an introduction

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures, practical projects and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE)

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year 
  • Part-time (structured): 2 years  

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI - September start only
  • Moray College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI - September start only

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time only)


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,855
Part-time (per HN credit)** £448 £457

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The HNC Digital Design and Web Development has been designed to keep pace with the latest developments in industry, enabling students to learn the latest techniques using software from companies such as Adobe, Apple and Microsoft.

On successful completion, you may wish to seek immediate employment in the interactive media industry or progress to further study.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HNC, you may be able to progress to the second year of the HND Digital Design and Development and from there to the third year of the BSc (Hons) Interactive Media.

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Apply for Digital Design and Web Development HNC

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2020 or Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.