Pioneering website for Focus West

Focus West- the largest division of the national Schools for Higher Education Programme. 

Wirframe To Concept To Design Screenshots

Chess Digital has been working with Focus West and Glasgow University to design and build a pioneering website for school children, throughout the West of Scotland. 

Focus West (Focus on College and University Study — West of Scotland) works on behalf of all higher education insititutions in Scotland. Their job is to increase the number of school pupils moving into higher education, whether this be directly into University or via a Higher National Qualification at College. 


  • Umbraco
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft IIS

Key Deliverables

  • A new enhanced portal application to assist pupils looking to progress to University 
  • Improved information, guidance and advice currently available to schools
  • A solution with a responsive framework so it is optimised on all devices including mobiles, iPhones, iPads and other tablet devices


Focus West approached Chess Digital to provide them with a website solution and also a hosting platform.

Using an open source content management system, Umbraco, the web solution delivered was a modern, eye catching, responsive website for students to access.

This website has been branded as FOCUS Point and offers information, tools and activities for pupils in every year group, whatever they’re interested in.

Chess Digital delivered a digital solution to signpost routes, pathways and contacts for pupils and stakeholders in the west of Scotland. The site is intended to deliver Focus West’s provision of online information and activities to support successful applications to further/higher education, providing Information Advice Guidance policies on making successful applications to both university and college.

Part of the process involved workshops that lead to wire frames, being created and signed off allowing our web designers to work with our web developer, creating all of the master pages and page layouts. There was also custom development required to build the back office admin sections within Umbraco.

Chess Digital constructed Focus West a user-focused Web Content Management System to power their website, which caters to thousands of students.