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Games Development and Coding Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code


Career Pathway

IT and computing


Level 3


2 years


Broughton Road,
Banbury, OX16 9QA

Start date

Sep 2021

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This course provides you with the knowledge, practical and technical skills and key concepts required for a career in games development and coding.

The UK video games industry is booming, and it is an increasingly popular career choise for young people who want to get involved in the technical and creative development of games. 

Students on the Games Development and Coding Level 3 study programme at Banbury and Bicester College will learn a mixture of work skills in the entertainment technology industry as well as specific craft-based learning, such as the creation of animations and websites. The course provides in-depth knowledge, skills and understanding in the key concepts and practical skills required to progress onto Level 4 courses in games development or programmes of a similar level, and/or work successfully in the interactive entertainment industry.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the majority of students progress to courses in higher education at either degree or HND level - with many specialising in a particular field. 

Future job opportunities from the Games Development and Coding career pathway include Games Programmer, Designer, Coder, Producer, Animator, Audio Engineer, Tester, IT Technical Support, and many more!

What I'll learn

You will be taught by industry specialist with a combined experience of over 30 years in the games industry. You will work on a series of individual and group assignments which cover subjects such as:

Core units:

  • Pre-production Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Communication Skills for Creative Media Production
  • Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries
  • Creative Media Production Management Project

Optional units which may include:

  • Understanding the Computer Games Industry
  • 2D Animation Production
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Sound in Interactive Media
  • Computer Games Engines
  • 3D Modelling
  • Flash for Computer Games


How I'll learn

The Games Development and Coding Level 3 Extended Diploma provides in-depth knowledge, skills and understanding in the key concepts and practical skills.

Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets. Formal assessment is through assignments, projects, presentations and practical assessments, which are set at regular intervals throughout the course.

This programme has strong links to industry, reflected through guest speakers and outside clients. You have full access to our new media centre, which consists of a television studio, digital, video and sound editing equipment, a radio studio and computing facilities. You work with specialist tutors on live practical projects.


How I'll be assessed

All work for your Games Development and Coding Level 3 Extended Diploma is assessed through coursework. Additional qualifications in areas such as English, Maths or ICT are assessed by an external exam.


Entry Requirements

  • 5 or more GCSEs grades A*-C including English and maths and/or a completed Level 2 award (preferably in Media or Games Development , Computer Science / ICT)
  • preferably a qualification in physics (individually or part of combined sciences)
  • an existing knowledge of programme code such as C++ would be well received
  • the willingness to study for an additional Level 2 qualification in English and/or maths
  • if you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider please contact us with your details

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


How to Apply

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Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.