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NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Games Design and Development

Information and Communication Technology
Registration and Certification Fee

Level 3
Minimum entry age

About this qualification

This qualification is designed for learners who want to increase their knowledge, skills and understanding of both games design and games development and progress into specialist study or employment in the sector.

Centres are responsible for ensuring that this qualification is appropriate for the age and ability of learners. They need to make sure that learners can fulfil the requirements of the learning outcomes and comply with the relevant literacy, numeracy and health and safety aspects of this qualification.

Learners registered on this qualification should not undertake another qualification at the same level with the same or a similar title, as duplication of learning may affect funding eligibility.

Who is it suitable for?

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, learners should be aged 16 or above to undertake this qualification.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no specific prior skills/knowledge a learner must have for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they have already achieved a level 2 qualification.

How is this qualification structured?

To be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Games Design and Development, learners are required to successfully complete 6 mandatory units.

How is it assessed?

Internally assessed and externally quality assured portfolio of evidence.

Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

Work/industry placement experience is not required.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

• Level 4 Certificate in IT
• Level 4 Diploma in Software Development
• software development technician apprenticeship

Funding for our qualifications

Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

Upon completion of this qualification learners could apply for job roles such as games designer or games developer.

Qualification specification
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Support handbook
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Learner's evidence tracking log
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This document can help learners to keep track of their work.

Mandatory units

  1. Games Industry (H/618/7164)
  2. Research and Pre-production in the Games Industry (K/618/7165)
  3. Level Design in Games (M/618/7166)
  4. Animation in Games (T/618/7167)
  5. Game Scripting (A/618/7168)
  6. 3D Modelling in Games (F/618/7169)

Internal assessments will go ahead in 2021/22, therefore moving away from results being based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) used in 2020 to 2021, where this has been permitted.

Students need to prepare a portfolio of evidence. We encourage centres to review our guidance on the types of evidence, and evidence capture, that we permit including e.g. the use of video, photos and other digital means of demonstrating knowledge and skills.

For further information please see the 2021/22 adaptation addendum document below.

2021-22 AT 60375188 V1.0
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