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Qualification name BTEC National Diploma in Digital Games Design and Development
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)
Course type Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 1st September 2023
Cost description Please contact us for details.
Attendance pattern Daytime

Discover the learning experience and opportunities you can expect from this course.

Don’t just play games, make them! Do you want to be part of the next generation of game developers, game programmers, game designers, and game artists? Then level up your stats and unlock new perks with our trailblazing games development course. Take your first steps into a growing £7 billion industry, and become one of 20,000 people employed in this dynamic, competitive, and exciting sector. Our game development course prides itself on its student’s autonomy, and self-driven project-based work. Allowing you to tailor your education to your own individual requirements and career goals. Throughout the course you will develop your own game ideas into working game products while exploring the different specialisms within the industry. Explore your potential, take creative risks, and reap the rewards! Our expert team of highly trained industry professionals will help guide you through the world of Digital Game Development. With specialists in Game Art, Programming, In-Engine Game Development, and Project Management, you will garner a comprehensive set of industry standard skills. Future Career and Earning Potentials: App Developer £21K-£55K Computer Games Tester £15K-£40K Computer Games Developer £19K-£70K (Source: National Careers Service) Please Note: Work placement opportunities will be available at all levels.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

Level 1 3 GCSEs at grade 9-1 including English and maths Level 2 4 GCSEs at grade 9-3 including English and maths OR A relevant Level 1 qualification at Merit grade, plus Entry 3 English and maths Level 3 4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and maths OR 4 GCSEs at grade 9-4 plus Level 2 in either English or maths, and 3 or Level 1 in the other OR A relevant Level 2 qualification at Merit grade, plus GCSE English or maths grade 4, plus Level 1 or Level 2 English or maths

View the key features of this course.

Some of the areas you will study include: Level 1 – You will develop assets through different projects to explore game creation processes and techniques. Level 2 - You will study a variety of units that are taught as projects, each project will involve making your own game using industry standard software such as the Unity engine. Level 3 - You will create a series of game projects with each project developing specific game development skills and processes. Alongside this you will explore the different requirements for successful employment within the Games Industry. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have good Maths and English GCSEs, which is why the development of these skills are so important, whatever your field of study.

Understand how the course will be delivered.

You will be taught via physical and digital workshop-based sessions that encourage 'learning by doing' using industry standard software and techniques. By the end of the course you could have produced a multitude of working game projects, which will be ready to publish should you desire. You will also learn about the inner workings of the games industry, human computer interfaces and games platforms, as well as being visited by a number of guest speakers from both industry and Higher Education.

Find out more about exams, assignments and assessments.

You will be assessed through assignments and practical project work that count towards your final grade. Your tutor will provide regular feedback and maintain a record of assessment. All student work may be externally verified.

Further Study: You can progress through the levels. You could progress onto higher education courses in Computer Games Design or Development, Animation, Digital Graphics, Web Design and Multimedia.
Career Opportunities: This study programme is the first step to working in a range of exciting industries including Computer Games Design, Computer Games Development, Computer Games Writing, Computer Animation, Digital Art, Graphic Design and Web Design.

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Name Wakefield City Campus
Address Margaret Street
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF1 2DH
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Email courseinfo@wakefield.ac.uk
Phone 01924 789111
Website http://www.wakefield.ac.uk
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