Level 3 Games Programming and Software Development (IT)

Course Details

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 National Diploma In Informatopn Technology (Games Programming and Software Development ) Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years

On this course you will study the following core units: PC systems, Networking and Communication and Employability Skills for IT. In addition to this you will study a wide range of specialised IT units which might include Computer System Architecture, Object Orientated Programming, Games Story Design, Computer Animation and Developing Computer Games. During your second year, you will develop a greater depth of learning with modules such as Procedural Programming, Multimedia Design, Digital Graphics, 3D Modelling, Game Engines and Flash for Computer Games.


You will study a range of modules including:

  • Communication and Employability Developing Computer Games Computer Animation
  • Event Driven Programming Organisation Systems Security Object Orientated Programming Software
  • Design and Development Computer Systems Architecture
  • PC Systems
  • Flash For Computer Games
  • Computer Game Engines
  • 3D Modelling
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Information Systems Digital Graphics Computer Networks
  • Interactive Media Authoring
  • Procedural Programming

Individual units will be assessed via coursework and some tests.

You will be given the opportunity to attend a variety of industry trips and specialist visits such as the Animation Museum in Bradford and Manchester Airport to see how IT is used. The department also welcomes guest speakers from the ICT Industry and Trading Standards. You may also visit the BT Headquarters. You will also have the opportunity to attend a number of fun team-building trips.

The ICT department is well equipped with up-to-date technology and we strive to keep abreast with all modern improvements and developments.

Students should bring in a USB to back up their work daily. Also students may want to invest in a book on Java.

Former students are studying at a number of top universities including the University of Leeds, the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Huddersfield, reading degrees such as Computer Animation, Computer Forensics, Information Management and Computer Game Design.

Due to the high demand for skilled IT professionals, there are a wide range of careers available in many industries, from working on an IT Help Desk, Developing Software and Managing IT Systems to designing Computer Games or working on Animated Film productions.

Students can also apply for one of our Apprenticeships with top local companies.

Meet Rahat Aslam


Rahat achieved Triple Distinction* in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Information Technology. After leaving College Rahat began studying Computer Science at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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