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St Andrew's RC High School

Respect, Happiness,
Confidence and Ambition

NPA Games Development

Ambition, Confidence, Happiness and Respect.


Course Description  

Computer games are being used increasingly for leisure, in education and work-based training with players interacting via personal computers, consoles, PDAs, mobile devices and web browsers.

Computer gaming is now a growing industry, with Scotland one of the global leaders. In Scotland there are more than 50 Games Design companies, mostly based in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

These companies rely on a range of creative skills such as art, design, animation, audio and programming.

Employers increasingly expect candidates to have critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, to be good communicators and able to work within a group/team, as these are essential skills for working in a modern business environment.

Assessment Details

The course has three areas of study:

  •  Design
  •  Media Assets
  •  Development

During the award, you will gain a variety of knowledge and skills including the following.

  • What media assets are available and how to capture them?
  • What makes a good game?
  • How to modify media assets for your game?
  • How to program a computer game? Coding is essential to produce a working game independently.
  • How to design a good game?
  • How to test a game?

The award is assessed by a practical task that will require you to actually create a computer game. 

You are required to do this by yourself but you will learn in a collaborative way, along with other learners.


How this course can help you

Investigate the computing gaming industry/genres/hardware/trends and emerging technologies

Gain an understanding of underlying concepts and the fundamental principles involved in digital gaming planning and design

Gain the knowledge and skills required in the creation of media assets and games development

Work with others to test a game and give constructive feedback

Collaborate with others in an enterprise activity to promote/market a game