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Media, Game and Software Development Extended Diploma Level 3 at Gloucestershire College

Course description

This course gives you the opportunity to learn about the Media, Game and Software Development industries. It combines aspects of structured programming and software development as utilised in the gaming and multimedia industries.

Although many people can use a computer, few are able to design and create the programs that make them work - this is the specialised role of the Software Developer!

Software Development is a rewarding career path which requires you to think logically, learn commercially attractive programming languages and design new programs for people to use in order to fulfil their business and leisure needs.

Over the two years you will study 18 units.

Course content

Your studies will include:
  • Games design and development
  • Digital graphics and animation
  • Procedural and event-driven programming using Microsoft C#
  • Website production and multimedia design

The Diploma is a vocational programme which builds your practical skills, teaching you the knowledge you will need to become successful as a Software Developer.

The college supports you by providing well-equipped labs and up to date computer systems with modern software development kits and resources.

Entry requirements

  • You will need to have successfully achieved 5 GCSEs, grades A* to C, including English and Maths, or successfully completed a Level 2 Diploma in Computing with merit and functional skills at Level 2.
  • Selection is dependent upon a successful interview, homework, completion of a 2-day selection event and a positive reference.


Typically, Diploma programmes have no formal exams, preferring to test your knowledge and understanding through a mixture of vocationally relevant assignments and projects.

Assignments usually involve a high-degree of practical work although some will require you to complete background research before starting the task.

Most assignments will involve you doing work outside scheduled classes although your lecturers are fully committed to give you support when you need it. You will be expected to spend at least 12 hours per week studying outside of attendance at classes.

Future opportunities

Upon completion, you may be able to move on to a higher education computing course. Alternatively, you may wish to seek employment within web development, first-line technical support or networking.
A full-time course, the Diploma in Media, Game and Software Development is a programme equivalent to studying three AS-Levels.
Successful completion of the course will enable you to enrol on the Extended Diploma for a second year of full-time study, equivalent to completing 3 full A Levels. This gives good progression for either work or Higher Education (e.g. Edexcel Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) or BSc Degree).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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    • The Royal Forest of Dean campus is currently located in Five Acres, Coleford, just a short drive from the town.

      Our Facilities include

      • The Bistro – food cooked by our catering students
      • Campus shop
      • Dining Room
      • Editing suites
      • Fitness – sports fields, tennis courts, swimming pool, running
      • track, fitness centre on site
      • The Forest Theatre
      • IT – modern macs and PCs
      • Library with online access and resources
      • Music recording studio
      • Netball, football and rugby teams
      • Nursery