Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

Taunton Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who has an interest in design, development or conceptualising computer games or media in general. While usually everyone on the course plays computer games, it’s important to come in with an interest in a specific aspect of game design or production in mind. Though we are a games development course, we don’t actually play a lot of games!

What does the course involve?

The course involves a mix of theoretical and practical units. We look at a range of development aspects in the production of a game – from the importance of story and character design, to game play mechanics, sound, trailers and animation techniques.

We also focus on business skills – such as the different roles you might encounter, and practice pitching an idea to a client. While we do focus on games, this course looks at a range of media products from all sectors, so we do not have a pure games focus. 

Modules include:

  • Pitching and Planning a Digital Media Product
  • Digital Games Production
  • Digital Audio Production
  • Digital Audio Editing
  • Writing for Digital Media
  • Graphic Design for Digital Media
  • Animation for Digital Media

What makes this course special?

Of the many things that make us special, we have a team of passionate staff who are all heavily interested in games and each have their own skill sets, from programming to digital 2D and 3D art. We use a range of industry standard software that we use to keep our work as relevant as possible.

Placements/Work Placements

At level 2 we always strive to find valuable external placements for learners. Where this is not possible however we like to give our learners experience with clients from the local area. In recent years this has included meeting with clients and creating a game, as well as developing concepts for a game for a new children’s book series. 

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs in the A* – E or 9 - 3 range.

What are the assessment methods?

We use a mixture of examinations, course work and practical tasks to assess you throughout the year. Some areas will be reports that must be submitted within a deadline, or observations of you fulfilling practical tasks, and then evaluating your progress. 

How long is the course?

One year.

What are the College attendance requirements?

The college expects 100% attendance across all areas of study programme whether this is the Games lessons, work placement, enrichment or Maths and English. Students are expected to be in college for a minimum of 15 hours a week; although they are not limited to this as the learning resource centre and other areas are open throughout the week for extra study time.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

There are no compulsory additional costs that come with this course however we recommend you attend all educational study visits that we attend including EGX, Insomnia, and Warner Bro’s Studio etc. These will come at a small cost to each learner through a variety of prices depending on the trip.

What are the progression options?

There are a number progression options available after this course; you can choose to continue your studies here at Bridgwater & Taunton College. This is a natural progression route as it will lead directly on from what you study at level two to level three and even onto Higher Education, covering a range of different topic areas within the games industry including: Games Engines, 3D Modelling, and App Production etc. 

Destinations

Many learners continue to Level 3 Creative Media Production (Games Development) while others choose to focus their skills in other areas such as Film or ICT.

Awarding Body

Edexcel - (Pearson/BTEC)

Further Information