UAL Level 2 Award and Diploma in Games – September 2024

Funding information: Free for Eligible 16-18 year olds. Adult funding available dependant on learner circumstances otherwise course costs apply.
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

We offer two pathway options for this Qualification: MEDIA PRODUCTION and GAMES DESIGN. This GAMES DESIGN PATHWAY is designed to enable you to develop broad experience and an understanding of game design, preparing you for the reality of the industry with units which focus on 2D design, 3D design, professional practice, audio and interactive media. This course will allow you to choose a progressive path at Level 3 and showcases the careers available to you. You will have an introduction to both the creative and technical aspects of game design and focus on your own personal development to find an area of games that you enjoy and that suits your skillset. You will gain transferable skills, including collaboration, dependability, resilience, imagination, and creativity.

During this course you will be asked to carry out work experience that is relevant to the subject you are studying. This is with an external company and allows you to put what you will learn in the classroom into practice. It will also help you to develop a variety of different skills. Upon completion of the course and placement, it can also help you to secure an apprenticeship, employment or assist you with your application for university.

We recommend that you start thinking about your placement as soon possible and consider potential employers you may want to work with. For further information and advice on industry placements please contact the industry placement team on

Course Content

Everything about this course is designed to help guide you towards finding which area of creative game design that interests you. Each unit explores different elements of producing your own games. Although this is a practical, vocational course there are some academic written elements including research, analysis and evaluations. We do give students the options to do writer, audio or video files.

Modules include:

  • Modules include
  • Research into game design
  • Generating ideas
  • Adobe Skills
  • 2D and 3D art
  • Animation skills
  • Sound production for games
  • Industry placement for at least 30 hours
  • External visits and trips
  • Guest speakers from industry
  • Your own final major project

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs grades D/3 or above including maths or English, or a relevant Level 1 Qualification. You’ll also be required to provide examples of written and design work.

Assessment Methods

  • Practical assignments
  • Theoretical research
  • Online portfolio
  • Online homework


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