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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

24+ Loan Amount: 4670.00****

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Course Summary

The Advanced Level 3 Computer Games Development Pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a single creative subject plus work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.

The qualification is designed for students aged 16 years or over who have already achieved GCSE grade 4 [C] in both English and Maths and wish to pursue a career in the games industry by studying the core principles of games art, mechanics, animation and design.

The advanced pathway provides a minimum of 540 GLH, and attracts the following UCAS tariff points [dependent on the length of study, qualification components and grades achieved].

  • One-year full-time: between 24 - 84 new UCAS tariff points
  • Two-year full-time: between 48 -168 new UCAS tariff points

This highly practical course will develop your creative abilities, with an emphasis on the skills needed for producing computer games.  As well as gaining insights into this exciting profession, you will learn to use industry standard software to make 3D models, 3D animations, 2D games and 3D game levels.

While on the course you will also have the opportunity to continue developing your English and maths abilities.  This will support your main programme of study, future progression and life skills.

Entry requirements

Typically, you will have at least four GCSEs graded A*- C, including English Language and Maths. Alternatively you may have a relevant intermediate qualification at Merit grade or above, along with GCSE grade 4/C English Language and Maths.

Importantly a university application will probably require both English Language and Maths at grade 4/C or above.

In addition to these entry requirements, you will need to attend a taster activity, where your practical skills and potential will be assessed.

Course Content

Units studied include:

  • Pre-Production Techniques for Media Industries
  • Communication Skills
  • Understanding the Computer Games Industry
  • 3D Modelling
  • 3D Animation
  • Drawing Concept Art for Computer Games
  • Sound for Computer Games
  • Research Techniques for the Media Industries
  • Working to a Brief in the Creative Media Industries
  • Digital Graphics for Computer Games

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through project-based practical work framed in industry scenarios, written assignments and presentations.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to provide a memory stick and a set of mini-headphones for your studies.

What can I do after this course?

Students need to pass all their 90-credit Diploma units to progress to the Extended Diploma.  Further study and career opportunities are then available in areas such as game programming, game modelling and animation, game design, game art, animation and special effects.


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Helen Clark

Helen Clark

Former BTEC student Helen leads Derby innovation showcase

A company director who studied BTEC multimedia at Derby College is spearheading a key event showcasing ideas and innovation in the city. Helen Clark, 32, attended the former Wilmorton site on a two year course when she was just 16. She is now a director with city-based Clark CX, a website conversion rate optimisation consultancy, which was founded by her husband Pete. Helen said Derby College gave her a crucial insight into the workplace and the course was broad-based enough to allow her to choose in which direction she wanted to take her career. After college she took a graphic design degree in Norwich, which led to design roles in Bath, Mansfield and then Derby. Pete separately attended Derby College on an art foundation course, and Helen joined his business two years ago. They are now putting together TEDxDerby 2016 at QUAD on May 21. The event is a forum which will showcase creative and innovative ideas from speakers predominantly based in, or connected, to Derby.

Helen said: "The BTEC course was like an introduction to the real world and how people work in the industry. We covered a wide range from illustration to graphic design and video work, which helped me to decide which field I wanted to go into."

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