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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.

Games development is an exciting area of Computer Science and cyber security is often in the news. There is a recognised need for specialists to be trained to enter this industry.

You will use industry standard tools to establish 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 are used including C# and Visual Studio Professional.

You will develop various skills including:

  • Computational thinking skills to solve problems.
  • Game development using programming in 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.


There will be an Outward Bound activity day (costing approximately £40) to develop important skills, including teamwork.

There is an optional trip to EGX, the UK's biggest games event, which provides opportunities to play new games, hear from leading developers and get careers advice from the games industry.

Visits are also arranged to university Computer Science departments, the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park and the Science Museum in London. 

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