Course overviewGame Development and Design HNC/D City of Bristol College
Higher Nationals are vocational Higher Education courses at level 4 (Certificate) and 5 (Diploma) that allow students to undertake a practical and vocational based programme and develop their technical skills at industry standard and enter the world of work, or go onto higher learning.
You have the option of doing a Higher National Certificate with no commitment to top up to the diploma, and can keep your options open and flexible.
Higher Nationals also have the following benefits as they allow students:
- To gain a qualification that is recognised by employers
- To undertake work focuses on practical application of knowledge
- A cost effective alternative to university that allows flexibility and no commitment to complete a second year.
- Flexible routes that can be designed and guided through professional discussion with your course tutors
- More teacher contact than university, academic and pastoral support at an individual level
To discuss the course further and register your interest, please email Pasquale Fasulo
Who is this course for?
Whether you are technical or creative and have an eye for designing and developing digital products, this course will support you to develop expert digital skills. You will gain the knowledge needed to enter the highly lucrative digital sector and develop a portfolio that will impress employers and industry experts.
The purpose of Digital Development Pathway is to use the Pearson Creative Digital Media Framework to develop you as professional. You will learn how to become a self-reflecting individual that is ready and able to meet the demands of employers and adapt to a constantly changing digital and creative world.
The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them using industry standard software, processes and scenarios built with employers to ensure a well-rounded experience to prepare you for the next stage of your career.
What you'll learn
The course is delivered at our College Green Campus.
The Higher National Certificate has 6 core units and 2 optional that cover the wider Digital Development sector focusing on Game, Mobile App and Web. The Higher National Diploma has 2 core units and 6 optional that can be selected across a range of specialist pathways. The programme will cover a board range to start but allow students to tailor their learning and focus within certain specialism.
Each unit is assignment based and will involve a project/scenario with a vocational purpose and designed to work with industry links and employers and covers the following:
- Game Design/Development Practices
- Mobile App Design/Development Practices
- Web Design/Development Practices
- Emerging Technologies
- Digital Design Production
- Interaction Design
- Concept Design
- Modelling Techniques
- Product Development
Course entry requirements
It is expected that applicant would have a level 3 qualification in a related area, and ideally have 56 UCAS points from these qualifications, however we can review individual applications and would accept evidence of practical knowledge through a portfolio/showreel to be shared at interview.
For more information you can email Pasquale.Fasulo@cityofbristol.ac.uk or apply directly on our website.
How is the course delivered and assessed?
Higher Nationals are assessed using assignments that are marked internally. Our staff will design and create assignments with industry knowledge, context and scenarios, that are targeted at the unit learning content and assessment criteria, to ensure that you are prepared to undertake the assignment to the best of your ability,
The assignments will used require applied knowledge and technical competency, which will be assessed based on each units requirements.
All work is graded internally and verified externally.
Future career and study opportunities
On successful completion, you can develop a career in the computing sector in roles such as:
- Games Designer/Developer
- Mobile Application Design/Developer
- Web Designer/Developer
- Software Designer/Developer
- UI/UX Designer
- Product Designer
- AR/VR Developer
Higher Nationals are also used as stepping stones to further Higher Levels of Study, and successful completion of a Level 4 (HN Certificate) can allow you the to progress onto a HN Diploma, or you can apply for direct entry to any second year of a Bachelor’s degree or foundation degree (subject to each individual university’s entry requirements).
Successful completion of the Level 5 (HN Diploma) will allow you to progress to a third year of a Bachelor’s degree (subject to each individual university’s entry requirements).
An alternative to a traditional university degree, Higher Nationals cost £6000 in tuition and students are eligible for Higher Education Student Loans, which covers tuition and a maintenance loan to cover living costs. For more information on student loans, please visit the government student finance website.
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Fees and applications
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|HGF1980C01-1||13/09/2022 - 30/06/2023||1 years||Date/Day(s) Being Finalised||10.50||Enquire||College Green Centre||
This course costs £6000 per year. You can fund your studies with a Student Loan. Visit our Financial Support page to find out more.