Games Design

Qualification: BTEC Extended Diploma
Level 3

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About this course

There are over 1,900 games businesses in the UK, making it one of the fastest growing industries in the country. With everything from Grand Theft Auto to Tomb Raider being made right here in Britain, there has never been a better time to jump into the digital world.

Games Design is a hands on course, designed to give you the knowledge and skills for the full range of games. It is both fun and highly practical and offers a great route to university or into employment in this fast paced growing industry. This course includes 3D modelling and 2D/3D
animation using 3DS Max, Maya, Photoshop and Blueprints in the Unreal Engine.

You will also have an opportunity for work experience and talks from industry experts.

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Earn up to 168 UCAS points#

#168 UCAS points based on Distinction grades

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Planning and producing story boards for games
  • Developing video games using Unreal Engine
  • Developing a portfolio website as a games designer
  • Developing a games promotion campaign
  • Working with a client
  • Photoshop skills

Year 2

  • Digital media skills
  • Work roles in the games industry
  • 3D modelling using 3DS Max & Maya
  • 3D environment
  • 2D/3D animation
  • Developing video games using Unreal Engine

If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 3 Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year, you will need to pass the first year of study.

  • Apple Mac suite with modern editing software
  • Games studio with games development and simulation software

Games Design Level 3 Assessment

Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs grades 4/C or above (including English, maths and IT)


  • Level 2 qualification in a relevant subject area (including GCSE English and maths grade
    4/C or above)

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
01/09/20 2 years Main campus
What next?
  • Degree at university
  • Work in 3D visualisation and animation, junior artist, games developer
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Studio visits
  • Guest speakers
  • Work experience
  • Industry week activities
  • Industry competitions

If you will be 19 before the start of the second year of this course, you will be liable to pay a fee for that year. Please contact us for more information.