• Computing

    NPA Computer Games Development

  • Eligible Schools:

    All schools

    This course is for school pupils only

  • Location/Day/Time

    Kilwinning campus

    Tuesday and Thursday

    2:00 - 4:00

  • Start Date

    Jun 2022

Who is the Course for

This course will interest you if you enjoy gaming and want to start making your own. You should have a keen interest in a variety of games genres and have an eye for detail and analysis. If you’re interested in discussing and investigating new emerging technologies, this is the course for you.

What is the Course About

The National Progression Award (NPA) in Computer Games Development at SCQF Level 5 is intended to prepare you for progression to further study in Computer Games Development, Digital Media Studies, Computing Science and IT subjects. These courses will give you the opportunity to:

  • Design your own narrative for a computer game
  • Design and create your own characters, objects and levels
  • Create and capture sounds and graphics
  • Design how the user interacts with your game
  • Undertake an activity to promote your game
  • Improve your core skills

SQA Course Units

  • Computer Games: Design
  • Computer Games: Media Assets
  • Computer Games: Development

What do I need

You need to have a basic level of skills in Microsoft Word and understand the general operation/navigation of a Windows based PC. You must possess an interest in at least one of the following: art, programming, audio or design. It would be good if you have played different games and consoles/platforms but not essential as we will discuss a variety of examples throughout. Some previous experience of coding using platforms like Scratch and AppInventor would be advantageous though not essential.

How will I be assessed

You will be expected to create a portfolio of your work. The portfolio may be paper or electronic (digital). The portfolio should be completed over the period of the course, with you contributing material to the portfolio on an ongoing basis.

Next Steps

Successful completion of the Level 5 course may allow you to progress to:

  • NC Computer Games and Software Development
  • NC Computing Level 6
  • Digital Media Production

Partly depending on your other qualifications.

What do current students say

“Honestly, the College turned out to be much more enjoyable than I expected it to be. Very flexible but I’m still able to work on and complete tasks. The very flexible approach allows me to work at my own pace and still get it completed in time. But it’s a lot more than just playing games”.

Places available



Start Date

Jun 2022

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