Overview top

Games design and development is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. During this higher education course, you will learn how to full plan, prototype and develop professional quality computerised games, utilising the latest industry standard technology.

The course covers a full overview of the video games industry and the most up to date practices and technology. Using the latest industry standard game engines including Unreal Engine 4, Unity 5 and 3DS Max and accompanying hardware, you will learn level design principles and then put them into practice building your own working video game prototypes. These help you to build a portfolio of working examples to demonstrate at interviews to aid progression into the industry upon completion of this course.

Studying this course, you will achieve the Level 4 HNC (Higher National Certificate) in Creative Media Production (Games Development), which is the equivalent to the first year of a degree. Studying BTEC Higher Nationals is significantly cheaper than going to university but also offers the same quality of teaching and learning that you will expect to find on a HE course/programme at university.

The course is based around several projects throughout the year, and while we teach you the theory to give you a thorough understanding of the Video Game industry you are assessed on your assignments and practical projects that you will undertake across the course of the year. You will also have access to our Games Design facilities reserved specially for our students studying our HNC/HND courses in Games Development. You may access these outside of scheduled lessons, giving you time to work on personal projects and assessments.

The course is delivered through a series of ten units. Units that will be taught on this course are:

  • Unit 1 - Individual Project
  • Unit 2 - Creative Media Industry
  • Unit 3 - Professional Practice
  • Unit 21 – Game development Practices
  • Unit 22 – Games in Context
  • Unit 23 – Game Design
  • Unit 31 – Art Development
  • Unit 35 – Principles of User experience & user Interface Design

Entry Requirements top

A level 3 Qualification in a relevant subject or three A-Levels. It is also essential that you have achieved a grade 4 (C) in GCSE English and Maths to study this programme.

You may be considered for this course without meeting some of the above entry requirements; however, this will be subject to an interview with the course leader. Please contact us to discuss your options.

Assessment top

Each unit is assessed through a set Assignment once teaching has taken place. These take a holistic approach and will allow you to fully apply what you have learned during the unit. Assignments consist of a mixture of written essays, presentations and practical projects including individual and group projects. All assignments are set and assessed internally by the Games development teaching team.

Professional Opportunities top

Students who pass this course may progress onto the BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Creative Media (Games Development), which is also delivered at South Tyneside College.

Alternatively, learners may apply and progress to University or employment.

Further Information top

Should you require any further information on this course please contact Glenn Stephenson at glenn.stephenson@stc.ac.uk

UCAS Information 

Course fees: £6165*

Course code:D2W4

Institution code:T90

Campus name:South Tyneside College

Campus code:S


*This is subject to change