In this course you will develop knowledge and understanding of Gameplay design and apply this to the planning and creation of assets and levels for Games. You develop skills in research, sketching, Photoshop, Autodesk Maya and Unreal.  

There are 4 internal Units that cover: 

  • 3D Development 
  • 2D Development 
  • Game Engine Visual Scripting 


In each internal unit you will undertake a piece of research for a set topic; you then present planning documentation including sketches, level plans, workflows and audience research. You will then use this work to inform a practical asset or level that showcases your designs.

Tutorials for the introduction of Maya and Unreal underpin your course to develop yours skills and support your development of Game Assets and working levels.

In this course there is also 1 mandatory external exam in which you create a Game to a set examiner brief. This activity is scheduled in exam conditions in which you have to research, prep and make a functioning level for a Game in Unreal Engine in 20 hours. 

Entry requirements

  • Highly skilled teaching staff bringing creative industry experience
  • Awarding Body for qualification is BTEC
  • Access to state of the art equipment
  • Work placement opportunities
  • Highly skilled teaching staff bringing creative industry experience
  • BFI workshops and residential
  • Enrichment, trips and visits including Ashton TV, annual trip to New York, Home cinema, Coronation Street studios, Harry Potter studios
  • The Georges: Awards ceremony showcasing work and skills to professionals
  • Ashton Talks: Visiting Speakers from industry including the BBC, Picture Lock Productions, producer Rony Ghosh and Graphic Motion Designer Michael Pettyt

This course provides you with the opportunity to progress on to Higher Education, employment or further training. Our students have progressed to:

Product Design at Manchester Metropolitan University

Visual Effects and Model Making at The Northern School of Art

Digital Media and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University

Art Foundation Degree at Ashton Sixth Form College

Illustration & Graphics Design Foundation Degree at Stockport College

Games Design at the University of Central Lancashire

Computer Games Design at Staffordshire University

Course Key Details

Course Type : Extended Certificate
Exam Board : Pearson
Pass Rate : 100%
Assessment : Mix of internal and external

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