Computer Games Skills Gateway Diploma Level 1

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Do you want to work in a fast-paced industry that’s worth billions? This programme will introduce you to the exciting world of video game creation. This programme covers multiple aspects of computer games creation including media production, using games engines, 3D modelling, comic book illustration, and digital graphics.


Who is this course for?

If you’re in year 11 or 12 and are looking to take the next steps towards your career these courses are for you. Our vast selection of vocational courses span a range of subjects and combine academic study with practical skills. Study in industry standard facilities and use our industry links to prepare for progression.

Units / Modules

The course is a BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Art and Design, a one-year accredited course.

Benefits / Skills

  • Acquire traditional and digital design-based skills
  • Develop your ideas through practical projects
  • Design both 2D and 3D objects for video games
  • Use a games engine such an Unreal, ready to build and create video games.
  • Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs at grade 2 or above and you must demonstrate a strong interest in the subject. English and maths will be built into your course if your grades are below 4.

    Career Progression

    Progression may include a level 2 qualification, an apprenticeship, or relevant employment.

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    Course Details


    1 year

    Study Type

    Full time

    Start Date


    Course Code


    Course Fee (16-18)

    No fee

    Course Fee (Adult)

    £1,303 plus exam fee of £114   You may be entitled to support with fees. Click here for more info.

    Course Facts


    “It was a fantastic experience to get a studio’s brief and help them generate ideas. The project developed our creative skills and it boosted our confidence to know that the company embraced our thoughts.” Martell Edgar-Burke and Bailey Sunderland | Sleepy Brain Studios

    Extra Curriculum

    We provide full-time arts education to over 1,000 students every year, from level 1 through to BA Honours degrees. If you are successful in gaining a place on one of our specialist courses, we will work with you to develop your creative skills and prepare you for the next big step – either to university, drama school, art college or the world of work.

    Labour Market

    On average programmers and software developers in Leeds earn £39,228.80 per year (Emsi).

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