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This is an exciting and innovative course that will develop a range of modern computing skills with a focus on games design and development. These include programming, graphic, design and production skills. This qualification is equivalent to 1.5 'A' Levels. The course runs for one year initially. Successful completion leads to the Extended Diploma in IT for a second year which is equivalent to three 'A' Levels.

This course is suitable for those who want to go to University and eventually enter a career in games design, games programming or the electronic arts (eg computer animation, video production, computer sound production), or undertake an apprenticeship or employment in the Gaming/IT industry. This is a demanding course which will require some aptitude for computer programming and creative visual design.

What makes Games Development at HRC special?

  • You will use top of the range equipment and facilities to design and develop your own games
  • You can work with students from different departments to get inspiration, including Graphic and 3D Design
  • You will learn from lecturers who are experts in their field and have worked for companies such as PlayStation and Xbox
  • Our lecturers are genuinely passionate about this industry and love sharing their knowledge with their students
  • This course is a great way to start a career in the expanding Games Development industry

What do our students say?

"I have learnt so much. There's so much more to games development than you can imagine, from designing the concept to understanding computer features"

"Our tutors really know what they're talking about which makes our lessons a lot more fun"

Career Destinations

We are proud that our students go onto careers including:

  • Animator
  • Games Designer
  • Software Engineer
  • Applications Developer
  • Graphic Designer

What can I do next?

After you have successfully completed this course, you can choose to:

  • Progress on to University and study a Games or IT Degree, although the points achieved will open the doors to a variety of degree topics.
    The qualification allows you to study any subject
  • Enter employment in the Games/IT industry
  • An apprenticeship in the Games/IT industry

What will I be doing?

The anticipated units you will cover over the year are:

  • Communications and employment, information systems (how organisations use IT)
  • Computer systems (hardware and software), software design and development
  • Event driven programming, object oriented programming
  • Developing computer games, computer games story development
  • Understanding the computer games industry
  • Digital graphics, 3D modelling
  • Computer animation, Flash for computer games
  • Computer games platforms, computer games engines
  • Web animation for interactive media, computer games design

There will also be one-to-one and group tutorials. Please note that this course is a mix of practical and theory-based assessment.

There are no external exams for this course.

Added Extras

A trip will be organised during the year. Typically this has been to gaming conventions/exhibitions.

One week's work experience is an integral element of the programme and will be required to find a suitable placement.

Independent study is mandatory and topics will be provided by your tutor.

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed by assignments set by the College. These are graded according to exam-board criteria and are verified by the Exam Board.

Entry requirements?

To take this course you will need:

  • 200 GCSE entry points or a Silver/Merit in a relevant Level 2 qualification, with English and/or maths at Grade 4 or above

You will also need to demonstrate a keen interest in the computer industry and be well motivated and enthusiastic.

If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, 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, and a positive attitude!

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.

If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee Information

Free to those under 19 on 31 August 2019.

If you are 19 or over on 31 August 2019, 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 2018/19 and could be subject to change for 2019/20).

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 2018/19 and could be subject to change for 2019/20).

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.

For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change

Additional Costs

You will also be required to pay a trip/activity fee of approximately £50 payable on enrolment.

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