Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Media Practice (Games Development)

Full Time

BTEC L3 Creative Media Practice (Games Development)

About the course

The UK games industry is a world leader in developing and producing highly imaginative titles and top industry professionals, New College Swindon can help you on that journey to realising your ambition. Taking our bespoke, 100% hands-on course will enable you to gain the practical skill and design theories to help you explore the multiple pathways in the UK’s exciting £7b (UKIE) Games Industry.

On our Games Development course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of 2D and 3D Animation, Concept Art for Character and Environmental Creation. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the theory of games, how to produce game design documents, and create meaning through lighting and sound design. Through further practical workshop sessions and GameJams, you will learn the tools to create and build your worlds in 3D for both VR, Consoles, PC and Mobile. This knowledge will be gained as you use industry software to construct your vision, create your own materials to apply to your models and work with our VR hardware on dedicated PCs.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4/5 or above, including a minimum of a 4/5 grade in GCSE English or a Level 2 BTEC in Creative Media or IT with a Merit grade profile. At the interview and you will need to bring records of formal study (i.e. a report, media-based project work and evidence of a written piece of work). Students without grades 4/5 in GCSE Maths will be required to study this qualification during the programme.

Where next?

You could progress onto one of our HNC/HND programme in Media or through access to the Institute of Technology at our North Star Campus, to study our BA programme in Games Development. Alternatively, other HE courses are offered by Universities.

Work Experience and Employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component but there is a Progression module that you study as part of the course. This enables you to speak with industry professionals as well as talks from industry professionals and GameJams. This all feeds in to help you develop employability skills and gain a portfolio for your progression.

What additional resources will I need?

You will need to bring your own stationery, and an external 1TB hard drive is beneficial. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader rupert.holdship@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk.