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Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grades A*-D including English and maths.

Who is the course for

This course has been designed for students interested in the development of games. The course provides a basis for further training and higher education or for moving into employment. Students can develop the skills, knowledge and understanding, that underpin a range of occupations in the computing and game development industry including the creation of game assets and games programming.

Course Content

Course units include:

Core/mandatory units:

  • The online world [exam]
  • Technology systems [exam]
  • A digital portfolio

Specialist units:

  • Installing and maintaining computer hardware
  • Installing and maintaining computer software
  • Creating digital graphics
  • Software development [programming for games]
  • Multimedia products development.

By the end of the year, you will have sufficient knowledge to progress into the Level 3 games development course to further prepare you for the computing and games industry in the future.

The course covers a wide range of computing technology to build up your knowledge of computer and gaming systems. It is vital as a games developer that you know the technology on which you will be developing your content.

You will be learning Python programming to learn a base understanding of both standard and games programming. It will also help you build a solid understanding in various aspects of computing.

In addition to this, you will be learning how to development gaming mechanics and gaining knowledge into how games are made via the use of a 2D games engine.

At the end of the year you will have built a portfolio of work to be able to use to represent your ability in the future.

Study Methods

This course is classroom taught and you will have opportunities to develop your creative skills through instructor led workshops.

How is the course assessed

This course is assessed through a combination of exams and assignments designed to give you hands-on experience of basic software development. There are two exams (see above)

Where next - Further Studies

  • BTEC Level 3 90 credit Diploma/Extended Diploma in IT - Games Development Pathway
  • BTEC Level 3 90 credit Diploma/Extended Diploma in IT - Creative Computing
  • BTEC Level 3 Programme for Visual Effects
  • BTEC Level 3 90 credit Diploma in IT (Software Development) Mobile Apps

Where next - Job Opportunities

Successful candidates can find employment opportunities in software development; computer support and games design following completion of Level 3, 4 or 5 courses.

More Information

For further information, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team on 01895 853333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How to Apply

To apply for a course choose one of these methods:

  • Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
  • Post - download an application form here , or use the form in the prospectus. Fill it out and return it to:

Student Records/Admissions, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ.

When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

Uxbridge Campus: Course Starting Mon 05 September 2016

Starts: 05/09/2016

Duration: 1 Year(s)

Where: Uxbridge Campus

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00