Course Information


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Creative Media Practice (Games)

Pearson
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Description

The Extended Diploma, equivalent to three A Levels, is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in games design areas before entering employment.. This qualification has been designed to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to further education, higher education and training or employment in the Games Design industry. This programmes is designed for progression and to provide a substantial portfolio as an outcome of undertaking significant experimental explorations and projects that showcases learners’ skills and knowledge will prepare them for progression. Reducing the number of units and assessments allows for largescale projects and provides a holistic learning experience for all. This enables a diagnostic process that balances development of skills with personal growth and intentions. The breadth of study in each qualification gives learners opportunities to consider their practice in the context of professional practice with work from inception of ideas to completion. The assessment enables learners to demonstrate valuable skills such as analysis, planning, organisation and critical thinking in the context of developing practical outcomes. Core technical skills development that covers all practices has been embedded throughout the programme.

Additional Information

To deepen and refine students’ skills over time, this course has been designed to ensure exposure to teaching and learning approaches that challenge learners. This is supported by the five mandatory areas of content, which are common to both modules and which are developed to give learners valuable transferable skills. The five content areas are:

  • informing ideas
  • problem solving
  • technical skills
  • professional practice
  • communication
  • This qualification has been designed to enable and encourage multidisciplinary practice and integration of all the relevant skills that learners want to develop. Technical skills have been expressed through the following categories to allow for development and integration of skills across practices, including skills used across games design practice:
  • Moving image
  • Character environment
  • Experience
  • Sound
  • Text
  • Skills are developed through teaching and learning modules and synthesised through projects, producing outcomes for assessment. Learners can also choose to undertake an optional Level 4 assessment unit Critical Self-Appraisal.

    Course Content

    Learners taking this qualification will study two mandatory learning and teaching module:

  • Exploring and Developing Creative Media Skills
  • Advancing Creative Practice
  • This qualification has been designed to enable and encourage multidisciplinary practice and integration of all the relevant skills that learners want to develop. Technical skills have been expressed through the following categories to allow for development and integration of skills across practices, including skills used across games design practice:
  • Moving image
  • Character environment
  • Experience
  • Sound
  • Text
  • Skills are developed through teaching and learning modules and synthesised through projects, producing outcomes for assessment. Learners can also choose to undertake an optional Level 4 assessment unit Critical Self-Appraisal.

    Core Modules

  • Exploring and Developing Creative Media Skills
  • Advancing Creative Practice
  • Assessment Method

    There are two learning and teaching module in the Extended Diploma - A Exploring and Developing Creative Media Skills; B Advancing Creative Practice allowing learners to develop and advance their skills iteratively. Each learning and teaching module has two units- A1 Skills Development and A2 Creative Project; B1 Personal Progression and B2 Creative Industry Response. Learners must complete all four assessment units and achieve a Pass grade or above in each assessment criterion. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Creative Media Practice (Games) is graded using an overall qualification grading of PPP to D*D*D*, attracting UCAS points in the same way as A Level grades.

    Progression Opportunities

    Upon successful completion of this qualification learners may progress to higher education courses such as our own Open University Foundation Degree in Visual Media Arts (Games). It also supports progression to an apprenticeships or employment in the creative media sector.

    Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs grade C or above or equivalent preferably in relevant creative subjects. Entry is subject to a successful interview with the course co-ordinator.