Digital Media (Games Development)
CTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: OCR

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

  • Extended Certificate (1 year, equivalent to an A level)
  • Diploma (2 years, equivalent to an 2 A levels)

Course Description

The world’s interactive entertainment industry is worth over $108 billion, with around 2.2 billion people gaming worldwide. The Creative Media Design and Development qualification will provide you with the opportunities to develop skills in both the design and production of gaming products, and explore the industry as a whole.

There are no additional entry requirements for this course. Please refer to the basic entry requirements for this course/level.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

The size of the qualification you take will determine the number of units you take over one or two years. For both the Certificate and Introductory Diploma qualifications, you will be required to complete the mandatory unit on ‘Analysing Media Products and Audiences’. A range of specialist units will also be delivered.

The course has been designed to be accessible to all who wish to learn or pursue a career within the games design industry. Some learners may be taking this subject for the first time, whilst others may have already completed the level 2 Creative Media Games Development course. Whilst on the course you will develop a broad range of skills complemented by a broad range of units that will be covered. You will learn new software skills by using industry software such as Unreal Games Engine, Unity and Photoshop and you will also develop an important range of employability skills to further support your skills and future career progression. This will include the development of research skills, essay and report writing, and communication skills.

This course is 100% coursework-based and will be assessed through a range of methods including practical-based activities, reports, presentations and video-based assessments.

Get ready for the world of work and take part in the College’s E6 Programme, which integrates opportunity into academic study. Enhance your skills and take a range of E6 opportunities to broaden your abilities. There are a range of specific course options, which will include trips to major gaming industry events with a chance to test some newly released games. There will also be visits to both the University of Portsmouth and Southampton Solent University, alongside professionally-led workshops sessions delivered through the course curriculum.

The games industry has a vast array of job opportunities and this Creative Media (Games Development) course has been designed to support those whose future aim is to work within the field of interactive media entertainment (computer games). As the course name suggests, Creative Media Games Design and Development will open up opportunities to those who are looking to progress into either a production, design, or programming aspect of the industry.

During the course, there will be two moderation visits in which students’ work will be submitted for external moderation. Times vary, although these visits will take place from February to the beginning of July.