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.

Funding and bursaries

Students if you’re aged over 19 you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information email or call 023 8087 4874.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit

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?

You will:

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.

What our students say

Last year I did a rap/grime set as part of a label launch at The Talking Heads which was a mind-blowing and memorable experience. At Totton College the course is fluid so you can really tailor your learning; I’ve been able to combine performance with music tech.

Tomas Miller

Level 3 Music student at Totton College

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