One million computer programming jobs are estimated to be created in the U.S. by 2020 - as well as 700,000 in Europe - thanks to unprecedented growth in the tech sector.
Here at OpenClassrooms, we pinpoint the key skills needed for the most in-demand jobs and develop courses and diplomas to train our students in those areas. That’s why we've developed this one year bachelor’s-level diploma in front-end web development, which you can complete entirely online with the help of a dedicated mentor.
What will I do as a front-end developer?
The front-end developer is a fundamental part of any web team, working closely with back-end developers. Whereas the back-end developer focuses on the internal functioning of the application - the “plumbing” - the front-end developer builds the interface that users see. They are often in charge of:
- Bringing mock-ups to life in a beautiful and consistent manner
- Optimizing page loading time
- Communicating with back-end developers for information exchange across the application
- Writing tests to ensure the site’s front-end accounts for all possible uses
- Ensuring the maintenance and growth of a site’s front-end
Want to deep dive into web development? You can read about it here.
How much will I earn?
Web development can be a lucrative career with many prospects opening up as you continue to rack up valuable experience. Here is what you can expect to earn in your career as a front-end web developer:
Beginner: £30,000 - £40,000
2-5 years: £40,000 - £60,000
5+ years: £60,000 +
Beginner: $40,000 - $60,000
2-5 years: $60,000 - $80,000
5+ years: $80,000 +
What are my job prospects?
This program can prepare you for the following jobs:
- Front-end developer (5000+ jobs on Indeed.com + Reed.co.uk)
- Front-end engineer (2500+ jobs on Indeed.com + Reed.co.uk)
After a few years of experience, a developer can advance to a position of lead developer, software designer / architect, or technical director / tech lead.
Who is eligible to enroll?
This program is accessible to all, but here are some recommendations:
- A high school diploma / GCSE level
- A good level of English (for non-native speakers, a CEFR level of B2, an IELTS band score of 6.5, or a TOEFL score of 80 is recommended)
- Access to a computer (PC or Mac), headphones, a webcam
- Good internet access
What will I learn?
- Analyze a project and choose a technical solution
- Design technical architecture using UML diagrams
- Query a database that uses and stores information
- Use tools such as jQuery to simplify front-end code
- Implement unit and integration tests
- Write project documentation
- Optimize performance
- Create responsive interfaces
How will I learn at OpenClassrooms?
Our learning method is unique and revolves around two elements: professional projects and dedicated mentoring sessions.
At OpenClassrooms, learning is project-driven because that’s the fastest way to become proficient. Projects offer hands-on experience so you can hit the ground running when you start your new job.
The front-end web developer path has nine projects that you’ll need to complete one at a time with the support of your mentor. You’ll receive a detailed brief with the context, customer requirements and additional details. Then it’s up to you to go and make it real! To do this you’ll have to be creative, coming up with innovative solutions to the questions at hand.
Want to see an example of a project? Read our blog post here.
During your path, you will be assigned a mentor who will offer one-to-one support via weekly video conference sessions. This mentor will offer guidance on your projects, help define objectives and guide you until you reach them. Our mentors are dedicated professionals who are experts in their field and have experience in sharing their know-how with our students.
OpenClassrooms is an official private distance learning establishment registered with the Board of Education in Paris, France that grants its own diplomas as well as those of prestigious academic partners.
Upon completion of your studies and validation of your skills by an academic jury, you will earn a "Web developer (Développeur(euse) d’application)"
bachelor's-level diploma, registered with the National Directory of Professional
This diploma is at level 6 on the EQF (European Qualifications Framework).
If you have questions about its equivalence in order to undertake further study, contact your university or master's program.
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At OpenClassrooms we are committed to helping you find your ideal job. We promise.
By following the learning path "Front-End Developer", you’ll learn an exciting new profession with great career prospects.
What’s more, you’ll find a job within six months of graduating or we’ll give you your money back!