Computer Games Development BTEC Level 3 at William Howard School
Qualification: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production
If you are interested in a career in the games industry or want to study Games Design/Development at university, then this course is extremely helpful. You should also consider this course if you are interested in games and want to study an A Level equivalent qualification with an emphasis on gaining practical skills. Some of the skills we cover are useful in a wide variety of contexts.
There are four units – two internally assessed, one externally assessed and one exam:
1. Media Representations (25%). On screen two hour exam. Students study how different media representations are constructed by media producers to create meaning, messages and values.
2. Responding to a Commission (33%). A 5 hour task completed in supervised conditions in school and marked externally. Students are given the commission 2 weeks in advance and then have 2 days to produce a variety of responses including a pitch, a proposal and a treatment.
3. Pre-production Portfolio (25%). An internally assessed unit covering the planning and management of a 3D deathmatch level.
4. Digital Games Production (17%). An internally assessed unit covering the production of a 3D deathmatch level.
The Level 2 Games course is helpful but not essential for this course.
The two internally assessed units have a series of assignment briefs which clearly set out what you have to do, when you have to do it by and how your work will be marked. Details of the external assessments are in the course content box.
Gaming students are well prepared go on to study Games Design or Games Development at university – there are a wide range of courses available with good quality courses in Carlisle, Northumbria and Newcastle. They then go on to apply for jobs in the games industry. The UK games industry is a multi-billion pound undertaking and retail sales have remained healthy despite the recession.
The course also prepares students for the world of work through deadline management and its vocational basis, and the qualification counts as an A Level equivalent course for employment or entry to many other courses of study.
Students could also use the course as the basis for the creation of a portfolio and attempt to enter the industry directly or set up their own studio: this is obviously much more difficult, but there are some jobs available without a degree, especially in testing.
There is no AS equivalent qualification so students must complete both years of the course to get a result.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact William Howard School directly.