Head of Department
Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent) including at least a grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics
Coursework = 66%, Examination = 33% (Controlled Assessment)
Digital Games Production
(Equivalent to 1 A Level)
The computer games industry has become one of the fastest growing forms of media entertainment. Global sales of game software exceed £10 billion annually. This course is designed to introduce to students how computer games and interactive products are designed, developed and produced. This vocational course will provide the students with the opportunity to develop their own ideas and the know-how of what goes into the making of an exciting and playable computer game. Students will also develop an understanding of different games platforms.
What skills will I develop?
You will develop skills relevant to the Media industry, including planning and resourcing requirements for production and post-production, locating resources and organising their deployment, and improving communication skills.
You will develop specialist skills in game design, such as basic principles, designing, testing and evaluating for both 2D and 3D games.
What topics will I study?
BTEC National Extended Certificate
Two compulsory units:
- Unit 3: Digital Media Skills
- Unit 13: Digital Games Production
Then, three from the following:
- Unit 9: App Production
- Unit 32: Concept Art for Computer Games
- Unit 33: 2D Animation
- Unit 34: Game Engine Scripting
- Unit 40: 3D Modelling
- Unit 41: 3D Environments
- Unit 42: Games Testing
- Unit 43: 3D Digital Animation
Where does the course lead?
The course provides a good preparation if learners are considering an apprenticeship in the creative and design route. As well as direct entry to employment, this qualification will prepare learners for higher study of a specialist degree, such as Bachelors degrees in Digital Art, Games Design, Animation and Multimedia Technology.
Career opportunities include Game Designer, Developer, or Reviewer, as well as careers in the media industry.