SCQF LEVEL 4/5/6 - NPA Level 4/5/6

The computer games industry remains strong in Scotland and the rest of the UK. Coding is an important part of this qualification and skills in software development are in demand. Although the primary focus of this award is progression to further studies in this, or a related field, the knowledge and skills gained by undertaking this qualification may lead to eventual employment in a games or programming position. The award will also improve learners’ computational thinking skills, which is gaining recognition as a vital 21st century competence and stimulate interest in computer science among young learners.  


NPA L4/5/6 Games Development


1 Year full time/

5 periods per week


You will gather a folio of evidence as you progress through the course. This will consist of evidence of tasks carried out by you, Internal Assessment marked by your class teacher and moderated by the SQA 






Miss Collett

Mr Speirs


The general aims of the qualification are  to:  

  1. Provide an up-to-date curriculum, reflecting contemporary knowledge and skills in the subject domain.  

  2. Develop skills in computer programming.  

  3. Develop computational thinking skills.  

  4. Develop problem solving skills.   

  5. Develop collaboration and team working skills.  

  6. Develop employment skills.   

  7. Encourage learners to consider careers in computer science.  


This qualification, at all levels comprises three component units:  

  1. Computer Games: Design  

  2. Computer Games: Media Assets  

  3. Computer Games: Development  


Computer Games: Design units cover the customisation of assets so that they can be included in a specific games environment.   


Computer Games: Media Assets units cover the identification and capture of the media elements required to assemble computer games, such as sounds, images and videos.  


Computer Games: Development units cover the creation of code to actually create the games that incorporate these customised assets.  


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Students are required to have a good understanding of the Computing outcomes studied in S1 and S2, and an aptitude for coding as this course involves a computer programming. 

what will you get?

NPA Games Development – Level 4, 5 or 6. 


For each unit 6 SCQF credit points are awarded. Total of 18 SCQF credit points for the Level 4, 5 or 6 NPA Games Development awards. 


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


This course is suitable for all learners who are interested to becoming a:    


Games Tester  

Web Developer  

Games Developer 

Software Engineer  

Forensic Computer Analyst  


The following link will give you an idea of some of the jobs people with a games development background might do:  


Careers in Games Development 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects.