Games Design and Development - Level 3 (Full-Time)

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

Subject Area Computing

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.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Trevelyan 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

On successful; completion of this course you will achieve a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production (Digital Games)

OR, combining with GCSE English or maths:

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Digital Games Design and Development.



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 House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


Course Content

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

Year 1

  • Responding to a Commission
  • Digital Games Production
  • Pre-Production Portfolio
  • Media Campaigns
  • Web Production
  • Media Representations


Year 2

  • Working in the Creative Media Industry
  • Digital Media Skills
  • Specialist Subject Investigation
  • 3D Modelling
  • 2D Animation
  • Concept Art
  • Games Testing

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:

  • Observations
  • Group work
  • Written assignment
  • Oral presentations
  • Projects
  • Synoptic Projects
  • External Assessments.

Progression Opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies, you could progress to higher education and study an FdSc Games Technologies, at Newcastle College University Centre 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 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

Must have 5 x GCSEs (A*-C or 4-9) including a  grade 4 in English and maths.

Students who have a minimum of 1 x GCSE grade 3 in English or maths and 1 x GCSE grade 4 in English or maths will study the Level 3 National Diploma in Digital Games Design and Development. This consists of 10 modules studied over two years and allows students to re-sit their GCSE in English or Maths at the same time as the Games qualification.

If you are an overseas student you also need an English Language assessment score of 5 or above.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

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 on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.