National Progression Awards in Computer Games Development at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6

National Progression Awards in Computer Games Development at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas and are linked to National Occupational Standards.

The NPAs in Computer Games Development at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6 introduce learners to the genres, trends and emerging technologies of the computer games industry. This suite of awards provides a foundation in techniques that are important to the sector such as digital planning and design, creation of media assets, and development and testing — while also developing employability skills and Core Skills through enterprise activities.

The NPAs are the first foundation level qualifications to be offered in computer games design, production and development.

They are available through schools, colleges and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

NPAs are trusted because they are developed by practitioners from industry and are supported by the relevant sector skills council (SSC).

The NPAs in Computer Games Development at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6 offer current, fit for purpose, bite-sized chunks of learning that are straightforward for centres to adopt and for learners to study. New skills can be gained quickly and cost effectively.

Centres have the option of flexible delivery — the hierarchical structure means tutors can deliver the same body of knowledge while permitting learners to gain different levels of achievement.  

All Core Skills are sign-posted.

The NPAs could be offered in one of the following modes:

  • full-time (eg as a fast-track into full a NC or HN programme)
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning
  • infill into existing classes
  • evening provision

Who does this qualification suit

The NPAs are suitable for:

  • S3 and S4 school pupils who will undertake the qualification as part of a vocational education programme
  • S5 and S6 school pupils who will undertake the qualification as a broadening of the Computing Science and Digital Media curriculum
  • students at colleges who will be using the NPA within full-time or part-time college programmes, such as part of an NC in Digital Media Computing or an NC in Computer Games

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the presenting centre; however, it would be beneficial to the learners if they possessed basic IT skills at the SCQF level below the course of intended study.

Progression

The level 4 award could provide progression to:

  • NPA in Computer Games Development at SCQF level 5
  • NC in Digital Media Computing at SCQF level 5
  • NPA in Computer Networks and Systems at SCQF level 5
  • NPA in Computers and Digital Photography at SCQF level 5
  • NPA in Digital Media Animation at SCQF level 5
  • NPA in Digital Media Editing at SCQF level 5
  • NPA in Website Enterprise at SCQF level 5

The level 5 award could provide progression to:

  • NPA in Computer Games Development at SCQF level 6
  • NC in Digital Media Computing at SCQF level 6
  • NPA in Digital Media Production at SCQF level 6

Learners may progress to HN Units and/or awards in Computing at SCQF level 7 or above, following the progression pathways within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

Approval

Centres not already approved to deliver this qualification need to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

Evidence is required which demonstrates that learners have achieved all Outcomes to the standard specified in the Performance Criteria. A portfolio approach to assessment should be taken. The portfolio may be paper or electronic (digital) and is constructed over the period of each Unit, with learners contributing material to the portfolio on an on-going basis. It is essential that each learner identifies their own contribution to the task if working in a group and that they provide evidence for their own portfolio. Assessors should assure themselves of the authenticity of candidates’ evidence.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Computer Games Development SCQF level 4

Group Award Code: G9RP 44
The NPA in Computer Games Development at SCQF level 4 consists of three mandatory Units (18 SCQF credit points).

Computer Games Development at SCQF level 5

Group Award Code: G9RR 45
The NPA in Computer Games Development at SCQF level 5 consists of three mandatory Units (18 SCQF credit points).

Computer Games Development at SCQF level 6

Group Award Code: G9RT 46
The NPA in Computer Games Development at SCQF level 6 consists of three mandatory Units (18 SCQF credit points).

For further information on the Units and structure of these qualifications please refer to the Group Award Specification document.

Group Award Specification