Free course, excluding materials

This challenging two-year course is ideal for you if you are passionate about video games and want to gain the skills to be a part of this multi-million-pound industry. Working in our state-of-the-art media centre, you will be supported by our dedicated and experienced teaching staff.

The extended diploma qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, although some students opt to take the one-year subsidiary diploma which is equivalent to one A Level.

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Course content

The course covers the research and development of video games, as well as supporting disciplines such as understanding computer game engines and concept art. You will also learn about areas such as working to a brief, working freelance and project management.

The course will give you the skills to make your own indie video games and the knowledge and confidence to seek employment in this tough business.

You will study from a range of units enabling you to focus on your particular interests and provide you with the most appropriate learning to meet your career aspirations.

Unit options include:

  • Understanding the computer games industry
  • 3D modelling
  • Digital graphics
  • Computer game engines
  • Computer game platforms and technologies
  • Drawing concept art
  • Project management
  • Animation production
  • Critical approaches
  • Developing a small business
  • Audio production and techniques
  • Human-computer interfaces
  • Design testing

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a range of creative methods. There are no formal exams.


Entry requirements: 

Minimum grade 4 (C) in five GCSEs, including English and maths. A demonstrable passion for video games development, and a desire to learn new skills is needed.

Enrichment opportunities:

All students have an opportunity to take part in a range of enrichment opportunities including trips and working on development projects. You will also hear from guest speakers who work in the video games industry in the UK and beyond.

Work experience:

All Totton College students have the benefit of undertaking at least 60 hours of relevant work experience to support their studies, gain experience and potentially develop contacts with future employers. Our careers team is available to help students secure work placements.

What can I do next?

Many students progress to university where they can specialise in a video games discipline or study a broader creative media course. Others prefer to enter the workplace either as an employee or self-employed freelancer.

Previous students have also gone on to become a video games developer, professional gamer, graphic designer and web developer.

What our students say

“The course gave me the skills to really understand the development of video games which really helps when playing them. The teachers didn’t just cover the curriculum, they helped me develop life skills, and gave me the confidence to just go for it. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

Jack Parker, professional video gamer

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