National Progression Award Computer Games Development SCQF level 4, 5, 6

National Progression Award Computer Games Development SCQF level 4, 5, 6

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards. The NPA in Computer Games Development at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6 introduces learners to skills that are important in the Computer Games industry.

These awards are revisions of the original NPA Computer Games Development, which was introduced in 2010.

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.

This qualification covers core areas such as design, media assets and development. Coding is also an important part of this qualification. The award will improve learners’ computational thinking skills — an area that is gaining recognition as a vital 21st century competence — and stimulate interest in computer science among young learners.

The qualification is 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). Industry has recognised that the qualification fits the job.

The NPAs in Computer Games Development at SCQF levels 4, 5 & 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 signposted.

NPAs provide opportunities for partnership delivery that can provide benefits for partners and increase options for learners. NPAs can add value and breadth to a CV for a learner by developing vocational skills.

This NPA covers SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6 allowing clear progression and development routes to:

  • higher level education
  • employment

The NPA could be offered in 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 NPA is suitable for:

  • S3 and S4 school pupils, as part of a vocational education programme
  • S5 and S6 school pupils, 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.

The NPA at Level 4 and Level 5 can be undertaken without previous experience of computer games development. It is recommended that learners have some prior knowledge and experience of computer games development before attempting the Level 6 award.

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 with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority must 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 Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

Evidence is required to demonstrate that learners have achieved all Outcomes to the standard specified in the Performance Criteria.

The evidence produced will take two forms:

  • knowledge evidence
  • practical evidence

The knowledge evidence is assessed through SOLAR, SQA’s online assessment system. Learners will undertake a single test that will span the knowledge covered by the three component units. Successful completion of this test will satisfy the knowledge requirements for all three units. E-assessment can be used for formative and summative assessment.

Learners should build up a portfolio of practical evidence for assessment. The portfolio can be paper or electronic (digital), and learners can contribute material to it on an ongoing 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.

The delivery of the award is at the individual centre’s discretion.

Current

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Computer Games Development SCQF level 4

Group Award Code: GP02 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: GP03 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: GP04 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

Lapsing

Qualification content and delivery tools

These group awards have been replaced and will go into lapsing on 31/07/18. The finishing date for these qualifications is 31/07/2021.

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