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Applied Web Development, AWD is a subset of the CST/PTS Diploma.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: varies by course

  • Please check the individual COMP course schedule pages for delivery and location details.
  • Some courses in Computing Part-time Studies will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Other courses will be physically face to face and may include some blended online activities.
  • It may not be possible to complete a program entirely online, some courses may require attending the Burnaby or Downtown campuses.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

AWD may be completed in just over two years, part-time, one course at a time. Most courses are available nights, some on weekends, and others with fast track options.

Starting with COMP 1850 students learn the best practices and tools used to design and hand-code web pages and web sites. They also learn to model business processes and communicate requirements before proceeding with design and development.

As part of this program, students are required to work in groups to apply skills in requirements discovery  They must also document a business case and provide a detailed plan for a web-based IT solution.

Core courses provide a solid understanding of web page design, data modelling, planning, documentation and a variety of scripting tools with an emphasis on HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, data modelling, database, web application development, business analysis and IT systems design.

Elective choices include: UX/UI, IT Project Management, Android and Mobile Applications, Angular and Vue, Node.js, React and Modern JavaScript, plus advanced web application development.

AWD graduates will be able to design, develop, deploy and manage websites to industry standards.

BCIT provides students with career-ready skills

Entrance Requirements

Prerequisites: COMP 1002 or equivalent knowledge of file management using an MS Windows based PC.

  • You are expected to have English and Math at a BC high school Grade 12 level or equivalent.
  • Students will be required to make written and verbal presentations, plus be able to work in groups.
  • We recommend some other post-secondary education or work experience in either business or computing.

Each course in this program also has prerequisites, be sure that you have the required knowledge and skills before enrolling.

AWD not designed to be completed in a Full-time delivery as each course has prerequisites and PTS scheduling varies from term to term.

Some students capable of a very heavy course load over days, nights and weekends may be able to fast track this credential over 18 months.

Most PTS students are working and complete AWD with 1 or 2 courses per term.

Please contact the department for course planning details via email:

Costs & Supplies

Computing Part-time Studies programs are course by course registration.

Please Note: Due to prerequisites and scheduling it is typically not possible to complete this program in less than 5 terms or 18 months.

Students on shorter timelines for funding should consider other programs.

There are typically only 9 courses required to complete AWD.

Canadian and PR students should budget $5,000 for tuition and books.

Specific textbooks are required at an additional cost, some courses also have lower cost eBook options.

The average cost for each COMP PTS is around $500-$600 per course plus books.


Please register early to avoid disappointment, our database courses are very popular and fill weeks or months in advance.

Students should have a personal computer with internet access capable of running MS Windows 10.


Program Details

Computer hardware and Internet requirements

Students must provide a current model PC desktop or laptop with a webcam, microphone and have high-speed internet access. COMP courses may use two-way audio and video as well as group work outside of class.

Participants must be computer literate in order to participate and complete each COMP course. Please contact the department via email: if you have any questions.

AWD may be completed with as few as 8 courses, however delivery was designed for 1-2 courses per term. Due to prerequisites and scheduling it may not be possible to complete this part-time program in less than 3 terms, at night and on weekends.

AWD is not designed to be completed in a Full-time delivery, however some students capable of a very heavy course load may be able to fast track this credential starting with three (3) specific courses during the days, plus nights and weekends.

Keep in mind that the compressed 6-week sections of COMP 1850 and COMP 2132 will have twice the workload and class hours each week.  Please contact the department for course planning details via email:

Note: Part-time Studies was not designed for full-time delivery or for those on funding timelines.

AWD is based on hand-coding with HTML5 and CSS3 to plan and design web pages design industry standards. The program core includes computer science foundation courses.

Topics include: data modelling, entity relationships, relational database design, SQL programming, the Software Development Life Cycle, System Analysis and Systems Design, diagramming tools, use cases, business processes, documentation, group work and presentation skills.

The foundations of web development and hand-coding with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript are followed by server-side web application development.  A variety of technical electives include several open source advanced web scripting tools, plus soft skills for best practices in Project Management and User-Centered Design.

Graduating & Jobs

Applied Web Development, AWD is an Associate Certificate from BCIT Computing, PTS.

AWD is focused on the full-stack; front-end and back-end web development.

Recent AWD graduates report:

  • A median wage of $30 per hour or $62,400 per year.

Note: The majority of respondents had taken previous post-secondary educaton.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

AWD was created and developed by Kevin Cudihee, Program Head for BCIT Computing PTS and Industry Training.

BCIT Computing Part-time Studies courses are delivered by subject matter experts who work in the field.

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