Games Design and Technical Support

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Entry Requirements

4 A* – C grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects, including a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE English and Mathematics.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2018, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2019 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.

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What will I study?

The units on this course include:

  • Computer Games Design
  • Computer Games Platforms and Technologies
  • Developing Computer Games
  • Software Design and Development
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Website Production
  • Digital Graphics
  • Computer Animation
  • 3 D Modelling
  • Communication and Employability Skills for IT
  • Computer Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks
  • Event Driven Programming
  • Project Planning with IT
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Installing and Upgrading Software
  • Multimedia Design

What skills do I need?

  • Good at organising your time (3 to 4 units running at once)
  • Problem solving skills
  • Descriptive language (verbal and written)

Examination Board


Why should I study this course?

This Extended Diploma is a technical course designed to prepare you for exploring a specialist career in games design and development. You will discover how games are designed, developed and marketed through studying a wide range of topics that will teach you about computer programs their design and development. You will also have the opportunity to be creative in your approach by undertaking topics in subject areas such as computer animation, website development, ecommerce and digital graphics for
interactive media.

This is a course where you will be taught through a mixture of formal lessons, practical workshops, team project and discussions. Your teachers will encourage your enthusiasm for computer games. Following this course you could progress onto university to study a degree in Games Design, Web Development or Computer Systems or consider IT
professions such as programming or project management.

How is the course assessed?

Some continual assessment, some assessed with coursework and some with exams (you must pass every unit to pass the course). The units are graded pass, merit and distinction with an overall accumulated grade awarded after 18 units have been completed.

What will this course prepare me for?

A career or further studies in Games Design, Web Design, Multi Media Design, Programming, Graphic Design or Computer Science.

Private Study

Approximately 12/13 hours per week working on coursework and research.

What materials will I need to provide?

Access to the internet is required as well as basic stationary (pens and paper) and a USB memory stick. You should bring a notebook and pen to all lessons to take notes.

How will I be taught?

Real world scenarios will be used to put you in the world of work. A typical week will involve a mix of taught lessons and workshops to support your studies.


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games Development and Technical Support is for you if:

You would like a career working with computers and you would like to find out more about how computer games are
designed and developed.

  • Develop your computing skills further
  • Opens entry to a number of further study and career opportunities
  • Gain new communication skills and learn how to apply these in the workplace