Course starts: September 2020

Age groups

16-18, 19+

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This course will give you the opportunity to learn about the development of the video games industry as a specialism. You’ll have the chance to learn several pieces of software widely used in the video games industry – including 3Ds Max, Unity 3D and Photoshop – to ensure that you have the skills to open up a wide range of job opportunities. Trips to games conferences such as EGX will enable you to meet developers from across the industry.


Entry requirements

Minimum grade 4 (grade C) in four GCSEs, including English (maths desirable), or a Merit or Distinction in Media BTEC Level 2.

A passion for video games and a desire to learn new skills is required.


What will I learn?

  • Develop practical skills and levels of understanding that will be expected of you to work in the video games industry
  • Improve your communication and IT skills, develop the attributes needed to work as part of a team
  • Gain working knowledge of the game development industry


Work experience

You’ll get the chance to go to games conferences such as EGX, giving you the opportunity to talk to and meet developers of all sizes and begin making industry contacts for your future career.

You’ll also undertake 60 hours’ work experience over the academic year.



You’ll study a range of modules that cover both sides of the games industry (art and programming). These may include:

  • Pre-production techniques for the creative media industries
  • Communication skills for creative media production
  • Research techniques for the creative media industries
  • Understanding the computer games industry
  • Computer game engines
  • 3D modelling
  • 3D environments
  • Sound for computer games
  • Creative media project management
  • Working freelance in the creative media sector



You’ll be assessed through a combination of written reports, practical work and spoken presentations.


Enrichment opportunities

Extra-curricular activities and projects are included, such as a video games enrichment club where students can watch films and play games together.


Career and progression

You can move on to university or you can explore careers through either an entry-level position or apprenticeship.
You’ll also gain the skills you need to create your own portfolio and work freelance.


Course details

Course Code – P001453

Starts 1 September 2020


  • One year, full-time – Introductory Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels)
  • Two years, full-time – Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A Levels)


Additional costs

Students have the opportunity to take a trip to EGX (£20 – £40).


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