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Games Development

Course Code: GNA

Level: 3
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: UAL
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One - two years

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About the course

Do you want a job as a Games Designer? Do you play Grand Theft Auto and think it can be improved? Then this study programme is the one for you! We’ll show you how the games development industry works, and teach you the skills you need to work within it. You will develop your ability within all areas of game design on this exciting and immersive course. On completion of your first year, you will gain a subsidiary diploma. You can then progress to a second year to achieve a full extended diploma which is equivalent to three A Levels.

What you'll learn

You will study games design including the use of digital graphics and the various platforms and technologies within the industry. This course continues the focus on the design and production aspects of games development.
The diploma part of this course allows you to hone your skills in a range of subjects which you will use when you progress to a career in the games development industry.The course maintains the focus on the design and product aspects of games development through:

  • the development of level design skills
  • the use of industry-standard 3D game development software
  • the investigation of various platforms and technologies used within the industry
  • the development of both 2D and 3D game levels to add to your portfolio
  • the creation of a game story

There is also a requirement to complete functional skills and a project unit.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.
Entry requirements

In our experience in order to be successful on this course you will need one of the following:

  • four GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C), including English and maths
  • a full BTEC Level 2 qualification at MERIT grade in a relevant subject area, such as Computing or Media

You will be required to bring an example of your work to the course interview – this could include some concept art, scripting code, a small demo of a game/level, a link to a Youtube channel (game related), a word-processed review for a game (published or non-published), a story for a game, or any other example which might be relevant.


Assessment is via a mix of assignments completed in College and at home. There is a portfolio for the project unit and exams for functional skills.

What's next?

On successful completion of the extended diploma you may progress to:

You can see how this course fits within our other courses by looking at our “Course Progression Map”.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2017/18 (August 2017 – July 2018). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.


Course Code: GNA

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £3500

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.