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Computer Games Development & Cyber Security BTEC National Extended Certificate

This course provides you with an opportunity to study in the field of Computer Science through the context of Games Development & Cyber Security.

Cyber Security is often in the news and there is a recognised need for specialists to be trained to enter this industry. Games Development is an exciting area of Computer Science.

This course will utilise industry standard tools to enable students to gain firm foundations for further study or employment.

What does the course involve?

There are four units studied over two years:

  • Games Development.
  • IT Systems Security and Encryption.
  • Computer Science Principles.
  • Computer Systems Fundamentals.

Industry standard software and languages are used including Python, C# and Visual Studio Professional.

You will develop various skills including:

  • Computational thinking skills to solve problems.
  • Game development using programming in Construct 3, C# and Unity.
  • Protecting against IT system security threats.
  • Testing and reviewing protection.
  • Application of cryptographic techniques.
  • Presentation and interview skills.
  • Industry/ professional writing skills.

42% of the work is assessed through internal assessment of both written and practical skills.

In addition to this there are two written examinations.

Please note: /404Certificate in Mathematical Studies must be studied alongside this course, unless you are also studying Mathematics or Statistics. 

What can you do after the course?

This course offers progression to a wide range of degree courses, apprenticeships and careers. Careers include games developer, cyber security network technician, programmer, web developer, systems analyst, digital media, information systems, network support, business, accountancy, teaching, advertising, TV and film production.

All students will have an opportunity to enhance their team-working skills, security skills, and games development knowledge through trips and visiting speakers.

Elle talks about studying Computer Games Development and Cyber Security