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Games Programming and Software Development (IT) Level 3 National Diploma at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

If you enjoy gaming and want to learn the technical side to creating computer games and other specialist software, this two year
course will give you a good grounding for university level study.

You will learn about the different types of PC systems and communication technologies; learning how Networking is applied to a variety of workplaces. In addition, you will learn about various computing languages including CSA, OOP and OSS, and you will study the foundations of computer animation, allowing you to develop computer games.

During your second year, you will gain a greater depth of learning as you study aspects of Procedural Programming, Multimedia
Design, Digital Graphics, 3D Modelling, Game Engines and Flash for Computer Games.

Course content

You will study a range of modules including:

  • Communication and Employability Developing Computer Games Computer Animation
  • Event Driven Programming Organisation Systems Security Object Orientated Programming Software
  • Design and Development Computer Systems Architecture
  • PC Systems
  • Flash For Computer Games
  • Computer Game Engines
  • 3D Modelling
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Information Systems Digital Graphics Computer Networks
  • Interactive Media Authoring
  • Procedural Programming

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English or a Level 2 Diploma and Level 2 Maths and English.


Individual units will be assessed via coursework and some tests.

Future opportunities

Former students are studying at a number of top universities including the University of Leeds, the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Huddersfield, reading degrees such as Computer Animation, Computer Forensics, Information Management and Computer Game Design.

Due to the high demand for skilled IT professionals, there are a wide range of careers available in many industries, from working on an IT Help Desk, Developing Software and Managing IT Systems to designing Computer Games or working on Animated Film productions.

Students can also apply for one of our Apprenticeships with top local companies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2016
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