NC Computer Games Development at SCQF level 5 and SCQF level 6

NC Computer Games Development at SCQF level 5 and SCQF level 6

National Certificates (NCs) are practical qualifications designed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills (including core skills) required for further study or to gain employment.

The NC in Computer Games Development is available at SCQF levels 5 and 6. This award is a revision of the original NC Computer Games Development at SCQF level 5, which was first introduced in 2011. This award is also a revision of the NC Computer Games: Creative Development and NC Computer Games: Software Development, at SCQF level 6.

Knowledge and skills gained by undertaking this qualification not only (indirectly) lead to employment in this growing sector, but also provide a range of vocational skills and life skills, such as computer programming and problem-solving skills. The qualification would also improve learners’ computational thinking skills, a competence which is increasingly recognised as vital in the 21st century. It is particularly suitable for learners who wish to progress to a Higher National Certificate (HNC)/Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computer Games Development.

Why deliver this qualification

NCs bridge the progression gap from school attainment to Higher National level and beyond. They are suitable for school leavers and those seeking a route back into study at a non-advanced level. These are trusted qualifications, which have been developed by practitioners with the support of the sector skills councils.

The NC in Computer Games Development is straightforward to deliver and slots readily into college timetables.

It can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning
  • infill into existing classes
  • evening provision

National Certificates have e-assessment and e-learning options — improving flexibility and enabling time and cost savings.

Successful completion of this NC would enable a candidate to progress to an HNC/HND in Computer Games Development. It is not anticipated that this award will lead directly to employment. It is primarily designed to capture the imagination and interest of learners, and facilitate progression to a corresponding HN award. It is hoped that the award will stimulate interest in computer science among young learners.

National Certificates include opportunities for learners to develop core skills.

The achievement of other awards, such as the National Progression Award (NPA) in Computer Games Development can contribute towards the successful completion of this award.

Who does this qualification suit

This NC is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners looking to progress to an HNC/HND
  • migrants to the UK
  • learners who may wish to progress to a Modern Apprenticeship in this field
  • candidates who are seeking national recognition of their achievements
  • learners who want to study at a pace and style that they determine

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although knowledge of basic computing skills would be an advantage.

Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • a corresponding NPA award in Computer Games Development
  • Computing Science at National 4, National 5 or Higher
  • any appropriate grouping of vocational units

The National Certificate at SCQF level 5 can be undertaken without previous experience of computer games development. However, it is recommended that learners have some prior knowledge and experience of computer games development before attempting the National Certificate at SCQF level 6. The ideal entry to Level 6 would be the corresponding Level 5 award.

Progression

The NC in Computer Games Development may provide progression opportunities to:

  • an NC Computer Games Development at SCQF level 6 (for those undertaking level 5)
  • an HNC/HND in Computer Games Development, or other related area
  • a Modern Apprenticeship in IT and Telecommunications at SCQF level 6/7
  • employment in the computer games and creative industries sectors

Approval

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

Centres without devolved authority are required 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 Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

Assessment of this NC is through a series of theoretical and practical assessments or tasks. Some assessments will be carried out under supervised open-book conditions.

Assessment support packs (ASPs) will be available for selected units and will be found on SQA’s secure website.

There are opportunities to combine the delivery and assessment of various units. Full details of approaches to delivery and assessment are given in the group award specification.

Current

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

Group Award Specification (818 KB)

NC Computer Games Development at SCQF level 5

Group Award code: GP0L 45 (72 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 5

The National Certificate in Computer Games Development at SCQF level 5 consists of six mandatory unit(s) (36 SCQF credit points) and six optional units (36 SCQF credit points).

NC Computer Games Development at SCQF level 6

Group Award code: GP0M 46 (72 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 6

The National Certificate in Computer Games Development at SCQF level 6 consists of four mandatory unit(s) (24 SCQF credit points); one project unit (12 SCQF credit points) and six optional units (36 SCQF credit points).

Lapsing

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

These group awards have been replaced and have entered into their lapsing period.

The finishing date for these qualifications is 31/07/2020.

NC in Computer Games Development at SCQF level 5

Group Award Code: GC8R 45

NC in Computer Games: Creative Development at SCQF level 6

Group Award Code: GG44 46

The National Certificate in Computer Games: Creative Development at SCQF level 6 consists of six mandatory Units (42 SCQF credit points) and five optional Units (30 SCQF credit points).

For further information on the structure and Units for this qualification, please refer to the Group Award Specification document (581 KB).

NC in Computer Games: Software Development at SCQF level 6

Group Award Code: GG45 46

The National Certificate in Computer Games: Software Development at SCQF level 6 consists of six mandatory Units (42 SCQF credit points) and five optional Units (30 SCQF credit points).

For further information on the structure and Units for this qualification, please refer to the Group Award Specification document (581 KB).