Games Development

BTEC Diploma , Level 3
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Did you know!

  • Take advantage of our exciting industry links with Games Republic, GaMaYo, IBM, Sleepy Brain Studios, EGX Rezzed, Yorkshire Games Festival.
  • 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


Become a programmer, artist, writer or animator with this programme. You will strengthen your knowledge of games engines such as Unreal. You will explore the animation and modelling process, becoming comfortable with 2D and 3D modelling. You will also focus your creative flair to design levels, worlds, characters, and concept artwork.


Please note the Fees(Adult) may be free depending on student circumstances, please enquire for more information.

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Become a programmer, artist, writer or animator with this programme. You will develop your knowledge of programming games engines such as Unreal and Unity. You will explore the production process, becoming comfortable with industry standard software. You will also focus your creative flair to design and develop levels, worlds, characters and concept artwork. At the end of the first year, you will choose a specialist discipline to focus on. In the second year of the course, you will collaborate with others to plan, produce and present a vertical slice of your own game.

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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?

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.

Benefits and skills

  • Gain knowledge and experience of using games engines such as Unreal and Unity
  • Design and create concept art, levels, worlds, and characters
  • Turn your concept art into 2D graphics and 3D models using industry standard software such as Aesprite
  • Develop programming skills in C++ and C# and learn how to problem solve effectively


Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English OR Maths. Applicants are required to attend an interview and successfully complete a short task before a place on the course is confirmed. Applicants are encouraged to bring a portfolio of work with them to the interview, but this is not a strict requirement.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

Progression may include degree level study, an apprenticeship, or relevant employment. Upon successful completion of Extended Diploma in Computer Games you will achieve Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma Creative Media qualification.

Course details

Duration: 1 year Diploma
1 year Top-up Extended Diploma
Start Date: 09/09/2024
Fees (16-18): No fee
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 76725-01
Fees (Adult): £2,882

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

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