Computer Games

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Course Information


Transform your ideas into digital reality with this technical programme.You’ll explore technical skills ranging from video editing to animation as you craft concepts and bring them to life using industry standard software. You will also gain an understanding of the wider creative digital industry and how it influences computer games.


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INTERVIEWEE – JAMIE MOONEY – Course Leader of Level 3 Games Development (SPEAKING)

INTERVIEWEE – MIN – Student of Level 3 Games Development (SPEAKING)

INTERVIEWEE – JOSEPH – Student of Level 3 Games Development (SPEAKING)

INTERVIEWEE – JACK – Student of Level 3 Games Development (SPEAKING)


Scenery – A student moves their mouse and types on keyboard.


Scenery – A student turns head to focus on the monitor.


Scenery – Monitor shows a level being built on Unreal Engine 4.

Scenery – Monitor flicks to level building assets, showing different materials and textures.

Scenery – A student is shown playtesting their level.


Scenery – Monitors show level assets, moving sprites and 3D models.

Scenery – A student showcases their work to another student.

Jamie Mooney – “Hi, i’m Jamie! I’m the course leader for Level 3 Games Development at Leeds City College”.


Scenery – A student is shown working on their level, typing on the keyboard.


Jamie Mooney – “So the course that we run, Level 3 Games Development is taught over 2 years and the emphasis of the course really is about skills development, being able to work independently, we focus on progression.”


Scenery – Students are shown working on their own in a room.

Jamie Mooney – “Getting the students from our course onto for example University or maybe employment and there’s also a large emphasis on group work and being able to work with others”

Scenery – Two students are shown working together on a project.

Min – “I’m in Games Design because I’ve been doing computer science since High-School so Games Design felt like the right path for me to follow”


Scenery – A Monitor shows a student’s 3D modelled sniper. 


Min – “Currently in class we’re working towards making our own game that focuses on things like story and adventure aspects as we’re creating weapons and levels to create a stealth and spy game”

Scenery – A monitor shows a 3D modelled table, code, 3D weapons and mock-up levels.


Joseph – “If you’re someone that likes art, we have concept art courses here. Whilst if you like audio we have lessons about that.”


Scenery – A monitor shows a node system being activated.


Joseph – “It branches off into different careers, you can with this course. It’s not exam based so you don’t have to worry about revising. It’s coursework based so you finish something, put it in your portfolio and hand it in”


Scenery – A student’s Pumpkin themed sprite work is shown on a monitor.


Min –  “Throughout the course we get to be up and about and go to a fair few different places. We’ve already been to the royal armouries taken photos of things and used those for our 3D models”


Jack – “For anyone thinking about becoming a developer I wouldn’t let your fears takeover you. If you want to become a developer or programmer don’t let your fear take it away from you, go for it.”


Scenery – A student working hard on their level

Jamie Mooney – “That’s what young people really should do because especially with education it’s so much easier to focus on something that is driving you if you’re interested in it, it’s not a chore. It’s fun.


End Slide – Leeds City College (School of Creative Arts)


Who is this course for?

The course is for anyone interested in computer games, and the skills that go into making them. It is a Gateway Level 2 Diploma in Computer Games, its a one-year accredited course.

Benefits and skills

Develop practical skills in digital art, computer programming, website development, video editing, animation, and computer games development


You will develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of:

  • Different audiences needs and how to produce content which meets those needs
  • Media language to understand how messages are communicated to an audience
  • A range of pre-production processes with consideration of the impact that these pre-production decisions can have on the quality of the final product.


You will have the ability to:

  • Utilise a range of software and hardware to produce content in line with industry conventions, apply rigorous primary and secondary research skills to The development of products, and critically evaluate research sources as well as production work in order to make effective improvements to completed products.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English or maths. English and maths will be built into your course if your grades are below 4.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

After studying the new Level 2 Computer Games course at Leeds City College you may have the opportunity to further your aspirations by progressing on to our Level 3 Games Design, Esport, Animation, an apprenticeship, or relevant employment.

Course details

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: 02/09/2024
Fees (16-18): No fee
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 73843-01
Fees (Adult): £2,469 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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