This is a one-year full-time course. A second-year full-time course is available on completion, leading to a full Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production (Games Design).
This qualification is for learners 16 years old or over who prefer to study Creative Digital Media Production in a context that allows them to learn and be assessed in ways that are practical and relevant to the Creative Digital Media Production sector.
Universities and employers have told us that understanding the process of how a game is developed helps to enhance the employability of a person and their interactions in the workplace. Therefore, this qualification is designed to give learners a range of specialist knowledge and transferable skills in the context of applied Creative Digital Media Production, providing them with the opportunity to enter an apprenticeship, employment, or progress to a Higher Education (HE) course, for example BSc Computer Science or BSc Games Development.
What makes Computing at HRC special?
- You will work with employers on work placement to develop employability and communication skills
- You will be taught by industry-trained and qualified lecturers
- Develop your English and maths whilst studying a vocational course of your choice
- A perfect way to start a career in Creative Digital Media with a Games Design focus
What do our students say?
"This is the best teaching experience I have had so far and is helping me achieve the targets and qualifications I wish for".
"I'm currently studying IT Level 2 User Skills and I'm enjoying the course. The teachers are there to help me when I need help and their feedback helps me to find out what I need to change or improve on".
Progression from this qualification usually goes to the second year then to University before entering the workplace.
Job roles that are common from this qualification include:
- 3D Modeller
- Software Developer
- 3D/2D Animator
- Concept Artist
A Level 3 qualification can also help you gain employment in unrelated fields, such as policing and the military.
What can I do next?
Year 2 Creative Digital Media Production (Digital Games pathway)
In the second year we follow the Digital Games pathway for the Extended Diploma, developing the digital games related Foundation Diploma in Year 1. A Level 3 qualification will allow you entry to most undergraduate degrees or higher apprenticeships.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production (Games Design)
Once you have completed the Foundation Diploma you can complete the second year of the course to achieve a full Level 3 Qualification. Completion of the two-year course will allow students to progress into Higher Education, Apprenticeship or employment. The second year of the course will include the following*:
- Unit 2: Working in the Creative Media Industry
- Unit 3: Digital Media Skills
- Unit 5: Specialist Subject Investigation
- Unit 32 Concept Art for Computer Games
- Unit 34: Game Engine Scripting
- Unit 40: 3D Modelling
- Unit 41: 3D Environments
* to be confirmed and subject to change
What will I be doing?
You will cover the following units:
- Unit 1: Media Representations
- Unit 4: Preproduction Portfolio
- Unit 8: Responding to a commission
- Unit 6: Media Campaigns
- Unit 12: Website Production
- Unit 13: Digital Games Production
A trip will be organised during the year. Typically in the past this been to gaming conventions/exhibitions.
One week's work experience is an integral element of the programme and all learners are required to find a suitable placement.
Independent study is mandatory and topics will be provided by your tutor.
How will I be assessed?
Units 1 and 8 are externally assessed through formal examinations or Controlled Assessments. These are held in January. It may be possible re re-sit the exams in June, if necessary. All other units are achieved through coursework assignments, which are marked by the teaching team.
Units 3 and 5 are externally assessed through formal Controlled Assessments. These are held in January and June respectively. All other units are achieved through coursework assignments, which are marked by the teaching team.
To take this course you will need:
- At least 200 GCSE entry points with a minimum of 5 GCSEs. These should include a Grade 4 in English and a Grade 4 in maths
- Alternatively, you can join with a Level 2 qualification such as the Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma (with Merit grade or above) with Grade 4 GCSE English and maths
If you would like help understanding our entry requirments, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.
What do I need to bring?
You will need a selection of items to take notes, including a notepad, pen and pencils.
If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria. Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.
Free to those under 19 on 31 August 2020.
If you are 19 or over on 31 August 2020, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee-paying new entrant, you will pay approximately £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2019/20 and could be subject to change for 2020/21).
Fee-paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £8500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2019/20 and could be subject to change for 2020/21).
If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.
These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change
You will also be required to pay a trip/activity fee of approximately £55 payable on enrolment.