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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

National Certificate Games Development

I went along to the third meeting of the QDT for the new NC award in Computer Games. There was a good turnout with 13 people in attendance.

It was a crucial meeting and involved a lot of important decisions about the structure of the award. One decision was the name of the award: we agreed NC in Games Development at SCQF Level 5. We also made decisions about the precise structure of the award, deciding what should be mandatory and what should be optional. The new NPAs in Computer Games Development will be fully embedded within the award.

So lots of progress today. Of course, we need to continuously consult on every decision that we make -- and ultimately the award will have to be scrutinised by a validation panel, but it's good to see the award begin to take shape.

The consortium hope to validate the new units in February next year and the group award validation in May. So, if all goes well, the new award will be available to centres from August 2011.

The development is led by Fiona Jackson of Forth Valley College, along with a consortium of other interested colleges. Please contact Fiona for more information.

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