HTML5 Upgrade Course

0800 156 0777

Update your skills to HTML5 right away

The HTML5 & CSS3 Upgrade course is a one day classroom based course which teaches you about the great new features being introduced with HTML5 and CSS3.  The course covers a range of topics such as the new HTML5 markup tags such as section, article and nav, video and audio support, Canvas, SVG, and HTML5 Forms. New CSS3 features such as shadows, gradients, transitions, transforms and alpha channels are also covered, as well as a wide range of tools available for creating compliant content.

One of the nice features of the HTML5 Upgrade course is we are able to tailor the content to your needs, allowing us to focus on what helps you the most. To discuss how we can help you or speak to one of our instructor regarding content just calll us on 0800 156 0777 or use the livechat button here on the site.

Private Tuition (from £495 + vat)

This course is available either as one to one tuition or as a closed course for your team. This can be done at our centres in London and York or your location.

In order to ensure you get exactly what you need, you can speak with our instructors to ensure the course is customised to your needs. Call us free on 0800 156 0777 or LiveChat to speak with one of our team.

The HTML5 Upgrade course covers all the basic skills needed to start producing html5 and CSS3 pages that are compliant wiht all the latest standards. The topics we cover are listed below.

HTML5 Upgrade

HTML5 Overview

  • History of HTML5
  • WHATWG and W3C specifications
  • What's can HTML5 & CSS3 do

Using HTML5 today

  • Developer Tools
  • Checking if features can be used
  • Detecting HTML5 features
  • Browser support and polyfills

HTML5 markup

  • HTML5 page structure
  • HTML5 markup
  • New Structural elements
  • New Semantic elements
  • Deprecated elements


  • Web Fonts
  • RGBA, HSLA & more
  • Border-radius
  • Shadows
  • Gradients
  • Transitions
  • Transformations
  • Animations
  • CSS3 Filters

HTML5 Forms

  • New HTML5 form elements
  • Building and using HTML5 forms

HTML5 Offline Applications

  • HTML5 offline applications
  • Manifest files

HTML5 Audio and Video

  • The audio and video elements
  • Understanding audio and video
  • Audio and video containers
  • Audio and video codecs

HTML5 Canvas

  • Overview
  • Canvas
  • Canvas basics


  • How to use SVG
  • JavaScript libraries that help with drawing eg: Raphaël, gRaphaël, Visualize, etc

Related topics

  • Web Sockets overview
  • Geolocation
  • HTML5 Storage
  • Drag and Drop
  • Web Workers

What else

A whole stack of resources, tools, tutorials & libraries for working with HTML5 & CSS3.


The Upgrade to HTML5 course is aimed at those who already know the basics of HTML4 and CSS2 and are looking to understand the new features offered by the latest versions.

You will learn to

  • Apply semantic page markup using HTML5 tags in place of divs
  • Apply styling and effects using CSS3 such as
    • rounded corners
    • gradients
    • shadows
    • custom fonts
    • transitions
    • transforms
  • Insert video and audio into a page
  • Get an overview of the libraries available for extending HTML5
  • Understand the new form validation features offered by HTML5
  • Understand the more advanced skills you might need and their benefit.

Our scheduled courses are designed to ensure you have a professional and productive experience.  With 20 years practice we have had plenty of time to get it right, but we are always open to new suggestions as well.

Reasons to choose Highlander for your HTML5 training

  • A proven track record - Highlander has been established for 20 years.
  • High quality instruction - All of our instructors are Adobe Certified Instructors.
  • We make sure you are happy - Our satisfaction guarantee ensures you leave with a smile.
  • Follow on support - We give you 12 months post course support.

What you get on a Highlander Course

Start and finish times

Our courses start at 9.30am and typically run until 4pm. The finish time is based primarily on how much information people can retain in a day without being overwhelmed, and can vary slightly depending on individual class size and ability.


Each delegate is provided with use of a computer, setup with the latest version of the software they are learning. Our London centre has a mix of Mac and PC's, so if you have a preference please advise us when booking. Older versions of software can usually be catered for on request.

If delegates prefer to work in their own environment and would rather bring their own laptop that is equally fine.


Hot drinks and bottled water is provided throughout the day together with a selection of biscuits and sweets.  There is a scheduled 15 minute break mid morning and again mid afternoon.


There is a one hour break for lunch to allow delegates some time "off the screen".  Both our centres are in areas which offer a wide range of options for lunch.

In London we are located on Upper Street in Islington which is one of London's more popular locations for eating out, offering everything from popular cafe's and burger & pizza bars through to a wide range of restaurants.  In addition we also have an in-house cafe in the building should you not wish to venture further.

In York we are located on the well known Bishy Road, with a wide range of popular cafe's just a few metres from the front door. The street regularly features in national newspapers and has been described by Wall Street Journal as "an enclave of gourmet delis and cafes" while The Times described it as "York's answer to Notting Hill".

Course Materials

Course manuals / books are provided for all our standard scheduled courses and you get 12 months access to our learning management system which contains a variety of content ranging from video tutorials and refresher exercises through to copies of course slides.

Internet Access

All the machines have full internet access and free wifi is available to use within our centres.

Certificate of Completion

All delegates receive a certificate of completion to show they have completed a Highlander Training Course.

Who should attend this course

The course is suitable for those who have an understanding of HTML4 and CSS2.  If you are completely new to HTML and CSS we would reccomend our HTML5 & CSS3 Getting Started course instead.

Some sample comments from past HTML5 delegates

"It was a very good overview of the world of HTML5 and an excellent starting point to get familiar with a new standard"
Analyst / Programmer, London Metropolitan University

"He was helpful and had a great understanding of the subject matter. All questions were answered honestly. I would recommend him to others."
Developer, Farnell

"Really enjoyable - a great intro to HTML5. The instructor was responsive to questions, which was really good - didn't just stick to following the course verbatim."
Developer, Capital One

"Good teaching style - engaging and personable"
Deputy Editor - Online, The Sunday Times