IT (Games Development) - Level 3 Extended Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Computing

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time


The computer games industry has become one of the fastest growing forms of media entertainment. This work-related qualification is ideal for those interested in games technology and development.

It will provide you with practical knowledge and experience, obtained by working through challenging projects developed through industry partners. Throughout the programme you will learn the techniques and skills required and used by industry. You will learn from lecturers with experience using the software and tools that industry use.

Taking your first step into a new career needs the right blend of technical and academic skills to support you. And we know that employers and Higher Education are looking for highly skilled, job-ready individuals with a strong work ethic.

13 modules are studied across the two years, studying a broad range of subjects. You will learn how to program mobile applications and games. You will learn how to create an build websites and computer games, use 2D and 3D graphics as well as animation techniques and effects, identify and resolve business/client problems, manage projects and cover many more related topics in the ever developing world of gaming and computing technology.

The qualification is studied over two years and carries UCAS tariff points. It fully meets entry
requirements for progression to a
degree course in information
technology and related areas such as:
Games Technologies, IT
Management for Business or Software Engineering.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Parsons Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

The course is ideal for those who are looking for training in up-to-date games skills such as programming, games design, graphics and animation.

It is good preparation for a Bachelor or Foundation degree courses and is equally suitable for those who wish to progress to a career in the video games industry.

Qualification Gained

  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Information Technology

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

The Extended Diploma in IT (Games) comprises of 13 modules studied over two years.

You will study the following subjects (may be subject to change):

Year 1

  • IT Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Programming
  • Mobile Apps Development
  • Project Management

Year 2

  • Website Development 
  • Computer Games Development
  • Digital 2D & 3D Graphics
  • Digital Animation & Effects
  • Cloud Storage and Collaboration Tools
  • Internet of Things
  • Enterprise in IT

Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations
  • Assignments
  • Self-directed study
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Tutorials
  • Online reading and research

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in various ways, including:

Group work
Written assignment
Oral presentations
Synoptic Projects

Progression Opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies, you could progress to Higher Education either through the Newcastle College Foundation Degree route or with external universities.

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to give you just the start you need and equip you for a career in the games industry and the wider software development industry.

You will be using our superb computer facilities and have the guidance of staff with a vast working knowledge of computer technology in industry and commerce.

The computers in our IT Centre are equipped with industry-relevant software, ensuring you gain the skills needed to enable you to progress onto further study within Higher Education or into the workplace through Higher Apprenticeships or full time roles..


Entry Requirements

You should have 5 GCSEs at grade A-C, including  English and Maths, or a relevant Level 2 or First Diploma at Merit level together with Key/Functional Skills Maths and English at level 2.

It is a requirement of the course that all learners undertake GCSE Maths/GCSE English/Functional Skills in Numeracy or Literacy. You may get exemption from part of this dependant on your GCSE qualifications.

If you are an overseas student you also need an IELTS score of level 5 or above.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.