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IT: Games Development - Level 3 (Full-Time) at Newcastle College

Course description

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.

18 modules are studied across the two years. Modules include computer hardware and software, object-oriented programming, developing websites, animation and 3D modelling.

Successful completion will enable you to progress to further study or take up employment.

Course content

The Extended Diploma in IT (Games Development) comprises of 18 modules studied over two years.

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

Year 1

  • Communication & Employability Skills for IT
  • Computer Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Digital Graphics
  • Computer Animation
  • Website Production
  • Website Animation 
  • Event Driven Programming
  • Human Computer Interaction

Year 2

  • Object-orientated Design for Computer Games
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • 3D Modelling
  • 2D Animation Production
  • Software Design & Development
  • Developing Computer Games
  • Project Planning with IT
  • Computer Game Design
  • Systems Analysis & Design

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.


You will be assessed in various ways, including:

  • Observations
  • Group work
  • Written assignment
  • Oral presentations
  • Projects

Future 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.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 April 2016
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