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Extended Diploma

Course Overview

Is this the course for you? Do you have the ambition to create the next AAA game such as God of War or Elden Ring? Maybe even creating your own indie game?

If so, then our brand new and exciting Level 3 Extended Diploma in Digital Games Design & Development is the qualification to equip you with the skills to turn those dreams into reality!

This course will teach you about the entire process of games design; including pre-production, creating concept art and characters, producing amazing 3D environments, developing 3D animations and cut scenes, and creating realistic 3D models for your games. You will also learn how to script and use blueprints to create 3D games.

Qualifications Available

BTEC Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A Levels)

Course Topics

Year 1

  • A) Exploring and Developing Creative Media Skills
  • A1) Skills Development
  • A2) Creative Project

Year 2

  • B) Advancing Creative Practice
  • B1) Personal Progression
  • B2) Creative Industry Response (Final Year Project)


Course Features

At the City of Stoke on Trent College we have dedicated gaming rooms which include high spec PC’s, VR equipment and graphics tablets. This enables us to use the latest cutting edge technology such as the Unreal Engine 5, which is used to develop the next gen games for the PS5/Xbox Series X.


  • Internal Assessment: 100%

Awarding Body: Pearson Edexcel

The course is continuously assessed and has no exams, It is the equivalent to 3 full A levels.

The focus of this course is on developing creative skills, where all assessment is holistic and based on portfolios of work. Evidence is generated through practical projects, briefs, workshops and engagement with the media industry. This will help with progression into the Games/media industry or progression to university.

There are five assessment areas for the course:

  • Informing ideas
  • Problem solving
  • Technical skills
  • Professional practice
  • Communication

Where Courses Become Careers

This is an industry-recognised qualification that will give you the required skills to progress to university or open the door to the creative industry, leading directly to working in the games design, animation, or film/television industries, then look no further and apply today.

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

You will learn and develop skills through the use of industry standard software and facilities, preparing you for both higher education and employment. You will study aspects of professional practice within the Gaming industry as part of the course. This will provide a high chance of gaining employment at a junior level directly from College.

  • Creativity
  • Time management
  • Communication skills
  • Organisational skills

Additional activities such as trips, visits and guest speakers will be arranged throughout the course. These will be project and progression focused. These are optional activities and fees will be charged. Details will be available from the course leader.


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

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