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Computing: Games Development NQ

(SCQF level 6)

Applied Computing & Digital Technologies, Faculty of Business

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Mode of Study


Start Date

27th Aug 2018, 1 year

27th Aug 2018, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


NQ Computing: Games Development is designed to introduce you to the skills and techniques required to develop skills for further study in areas such as Computer Games Designer, Computer Animation and Digital Media and Web Production and Development.

It provides you with opportunities to gain practical experience in a wide range of creative subjects including Digital Games Design, Programming in a High Level Language and 3D Modelling and Animation.  You'll develop an end of year games based project to integrate and showcase your creative skills. The course will also develop Maths based concepts required for study at higher level.

While undertaking this course, you'll also be able to achieve an SQA National Progression Award in Computer Games Development at SCQF Level 6. This will equip you for progression to further studies at HNC/D level. 

The course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 6. For more information on the framework visit:   

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Three passes at Intermediate two level, including English and Maths OR
  • Three Standard Grades at Credit level including English and Maths OR
  • Three National 5 passes including English and Maths OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview, where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this field. It would be helpful if you can bring any previous programming and/or design portfolio relevant to games design.

What you study

  • Digital Games Design.
  • Media Asset Creation.
  • Audio Editing
  • Mobile Technology.
  • 3D Modelling: Introduction.
  • Creative Project.
  • Games Programming.
  • Maths – Analysis/Algebra and Calculus.
  • Graphics for Games.

After the course


This course prepares you for progression to HN level study in a range of digital media specialisms.

Continuing study

Successful students can progress on to:

HNC Computer Games Development, HNC/D Web Development or HND 3D Computer Animation.
Note: Progression to HN courses is based on performance, completion of all coursework and suitable tutor reference.


How the course is taught

The course consists of a series of projects which you will undertake through from initial brief to final development. The projects are designed to develop your skills in investigation, research,   project development and problem solving, leading to the development and testing of your completed game designs.

The course lecturers will provide guidance and support in practical and design tasks through class discussion, demonstrations and one-to-one tutorials.

Assessment methods

  • Individual projects
  • Practical and written assessment.
  • Continuous formative assessment. 
  • Individual project deadlines.

Additional Information


You are encouraged to purchase Gamemaker Studio and have access to Adobe CC (PhotoShop, Illustrator and Animate)

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    27th Aug 2018, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome