Computer Games Skills Gateway

Diploma , Level 1
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What Our Students Say

“I think it’s the fact of being able to progress your creativity and be able to work on very new ideas – so whether if you’re going to do like a music video, a documentary, a short film, those sort of like projects where you just get something new, something you haven’t even done before, um it helps to expand your mind into something completely different and work into something that’s not the same thing as you’ve done before.”

Scott, Creative Media

“You get so much experience, like you’re not just doing one side of journalism you’re doing all different things – so one day you’ll be doing some magazines and then the next you’ll be filming in the TV studio so it’s just great to get to experience all kinds of journalism so then you get to decide which part you want to go into.”

Alannah, Creative Media

“The equipment is equipment that I’ve never actually used before coming to college and you know I had to learn about it, but when I did actually learn about it and get to grips with it a bit it really helped me be able to create new sounds on my instruments and stuff like that, and be able to kind of work with them a bit instead of just using old 2001 amps from my old school, so it was pretty nice to be able to use actually new modern equipment.”

Tom, Music Performance

Did you know!

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

Course Information


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.


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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.

Course units/modules

The course is a Gateway Level 1 Diploma in Computer Games skills a one-year accredited course.

Benefits and 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.

    Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

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

    Course details

    Duration: 1 year
    Start Date: 09/09/2024
    Fees (16-18): No fee
    Study Type: Full time
    Course Code: 70675-01
    Fees (Adult): £1,303 plus exam fee of £114

    Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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