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Extended Certificate

Course Overview

Is this the course for you? Would you like to work in the dynamic and creative world of games design?

Would you also like to study other interests at college? If so, then our brand new and exciting Level 3 Extended Certificate in Digital Games Production is the qualification for you.

This course will teach you about the process of games design; including pre-production, creating concept art and characters, developing realistic 2D animations and cut scenes, and understanding how to design and develop good gameplay mechanics. You will also learn how to script and use blueprints to create 2D.

Qualifications Available

BTEC Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A Level)

Course Topics

Year 1

  • Unit 13 Digital Games Production
  • Unit 32 Concept Art
  • Unit 33 2D Animation

Year 2

  • Unit 33 – 2D Animation Continued
  • Unit 34 – Games Scripting
  • Unit 3 – Digital Media Skills (Externally Assessed)


Course Features

At the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, we have dedicated gaming rooms which include high-spec PC’s, VR equipment and graphics tablets. As this is a single award our focus will be mainly 2D but there are still opportunities to use the latest cutting-edge technology such as Unreal Engine 5, which is used to develop the next gen games for the PS5/Xbox Series X.  


  • Controlled Assessment: 33%
  • Coursework – 67%

Awarding Body: Pearson Edexcel

One of the units in this course is a controlled assessment, which means that you will complete planning and practical activities under timed conditions in College.

The additional four units will be assessed as coursework, where evidence is generated through practical projects, briefs, workshops and engagement with the media industry. The work is marked by your teacher and verified by Edexcel.

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. 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. As the course is focused on developing skills leading to a final year project and portfolio development; 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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