Recognition for Train2Game

By Steve Wollaston on Mar 31, 10 12:15 PM

Open learning provider Train2Game has announced that its Games Developer and Games Design courses have been benchmarked against the Qualifications Credit Framework.

A panel of education experts has determined that the courses are equivalent to Level 5 of the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework - the final stage of Higher National Diploma Study, or the first two years of a Bachelor's Degree1.

The benchmarking process compared Train2Game's courses to existing guidelines from bodies including Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for Creative Media, and has followed an in-depth review of the courses' content from the panel, which included TIGA Educational Advisors Professor Carsten Maple and Mark Eyles from the University of Bedfordshire and the University of Portsmouth respectively.

The two courses, created in association with industry specialist games developers DR Studios, provide people who are passionate about gaming the relevant skills for a career in games design, animation, programming and other related industries. An additional course, Games Artist, will launch in April.

Key findings of the panel:

The Games Developer and Games Design courses offer a good challenge to students.
Both courses are developed, managed and delivered by people with vast experience in the games industry, including consultation with the wider industry via TIGA members.
Train2Game's courses are not only relevant to the games industry but can assist in the employability of students in the sector.

The University of Bedfordshire's Head of Department of Computer Science and Technology Professor Carsten Maple commented, "Our extensive evaluation of the Train2Game course content demonstrates its significant value in providing the skills and knowledge necessary to progress in the gaming industry. We're looking forward to welcoming applications from Train2Game graduates and we're sure that other universities will follow suit."

Course Director Tony Bickley of DR Studios, added, "We're proud to confirm the successful benchmarking of Train2Game's courses against recognised industry standards. The panel's findings prove that our courses are extremely relevant to the gaming sector and should ensure that Train2Game has full validation in the eyes of students who are considering taking up one of the courses, as well as with the prospective employers of our graduates."


Steve Wollaston

Steve Wollaston - Sunday Mercury games reviewer Steve has been writing about video games for donkey's years. In fact he is probably far too old for it now which is why you will see a lot of reviews been done by kids... He has been nominated three times for Regional Games Journalist Of The Year at the Games Media Awards, but never wins. His major love is sports games and rates Sensible World of Soccer circa 90's as the greatest game ever made - closely followed by Championship Manager 2. Skyrim has currently taken over his life.

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