Digital Games Production

Extended Certificate (equivalent of 1 A Level)

Digital Games Production

Why should I study this course?

This qualification is designed to provide a technical introduction to digital games production. Learners develop skills in areas such as games engine scripting, 3D modelling and environment and games testing. The topics have been specifically chosen to give you a broad overview of the different technical disciplines that exist within the industry, so this is an excellent springboard into this massive growth industry.

What will I study?

Over the two years of the course you will study:

  • Digital Media Skills
  • Digital Games Production
  • Games Engine Scripting
  • 3D Modelling
  • App Development

Examination board

Pearson

How is the course assessed?

The course consists of 5 units, 2 of which are mandatory,  one of which is externally assessed.

What will the course prepare me for?

This qualification is for post-16 learners who are looking to progress to higher or degree apprenticeships, employment or to further education or training. This qualification will prepare learners for employment in the games industry, in entry-level roles, such as:

  • games tester
  • communities manager

If taken alongside A Levels in Physics and Mathematics, or a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in a relevant field of study, such as Computing or Art and Design, it could lead to studying for a degree such as:

  • BA (Hons) in Computer Games Art
  • BSc (Hons) in Games Design Technology
  • BSc (Hons) in Games and Animation Production.

Private study

Although most of the course content will be delivered through a series of taught modules, it is recommended students download and practice using the software being used upon the course with the aid of research and online tutorials. To aid their independent learning it is recommended that they should spend a minimum of 4 hours per week of their own time.

 

What materials will I need to provide?

Although no specific materials are required an A3 portfolio pad and a 32Gb memory stick would be advantageous.

How will I be taught?

Most units are delivered through a series of taught lessons and assessed via assignment submission.

One unit is assessed through a 20-hour externally controlled assessment task.

This course is for you if...

...you want to work in the games industry, either directly after this course, or after you progress on to university to study the subject at degree level. If you are interested in the design and production of digital games and want to increase your understanding of the technical disciplines in this industry, then this is the course for you.

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What are the course requirements?

You must achieve at least four GCSEs grade 9 - 4 (A* - C) in four different subjects, including English Language and/or Maths, or an equivalent Level 2 vocational qualification.

What skills do I need?

No prior knowledge or skills are required.