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New Level 3 Course Gives Sixth Formers a Step into Games Development
VFX artists at work at MPC.

Here’s a line that’s going to make me sound older than a well worn boot. Back in my day, we didn’t have quite the choices kids to today. For me, it was either leave school or go into A-Levels, provided you have the GCSE’s. Fortunately things are changing and more appealing courses are encouraging kids to stay in school and peruse a career in something awesome, like video game development!

A brand new course, which has been introduced by NextGen Skills Academy, is a Level 3 course that’ll allow students age 16+ a chance to get their foot onto the ladder of Games Development. This new course will be introduced this September and will be comparable to three A Levels.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills, will give students access to an up-to-date course that’s been written by industry veterans to replicate today’s real-world work environment, as well as offering “unprecedented access” to industry mentors and industry-designed live briefs, set and assessed by a group of leading companies from the sectors being studied.

The course will last two years and will have students build portfolios relevant to industry needs, and as preparation for a progression into higher education or higher apprenticeships.

More information on the course, whether a college near you offers the course, and how to enroll can be found on the NextGen Skills Academy website.

If that wasn’t enough, NextGen are also working on four Higher Apprenticeships; two in games, and two in VFX. The games apprenticeships are for a Quality Assurance Technician led by Rebellion, and a Community Coordinator led by Ubisoft.

As for the two VFX apprenticeship placements are for a Junior 2D Artist led by Double Negative, and an Assistant Technical Director led by Framestore.

These Apprenticeships are expected to be available to young people later in 2015.