The course is led by Zulfiqar Choudhry who has over 16 years' experience in training and education and has built a strong reputation in curriculum management and course development. As Head of School, he has developed a number of successful courses in Games Development and VFX and has established links with industry leaders to ensure the required standards are met. Zulfiqar introduced Games Development at Uxbridge College in 2007 and continued to develop new courses from level 2 to 5, establishing what is now known as the Department of Creative Technology within the School of Computing & IT.

Section manager Patrick Vernon oversees development and running of creative technology courses, including games development, visual effects and mobile applications development. Patrick has focused on the continued growth of the games development courses from levels 2 to 5 and introducing new programmes of study. Patrick has more than 12 years of experience in the education sector and has worked as a teacher and lecturer in computing and IT at Key Stages 3 and 4 and levels 2, 3, 4 and 5. Prior to teaching, Patrick worked for 3D Imaginem Ltd creating 2D and 3D graphics for PC game titles.

Course team leader Imraan Younas is in charge of the curriculum for Creative Technologies, covering the mobile applications, games development, creative computing and visual effects courses across BTEC levels 2 to 5. Before joining Uxbridge College, Imraan developed a number of indie titles for the Xbox 360, PC and mobile platforms, using C++, C# and ActionScript. He has development experience with DirectX, XNA, and OpenGL APIs.

Uxbridge college level 3 students

Progression routes

Students who do not meet the entrance requirements for the NextGen Level 3 course straight from school can enrol on the Level 2 Diploma in Games, Development (and also study for Maths and English GCSEs if required). This will give them a foundation in games development and creative technologies and then a direct progression route into the Level 3 course on completion.

After completing the NextGen Level 3 course, students will have the opportunity to progress onto Apprenticeships, university or one of our HND Level 5 qualifications (Games Development or Games, Animation & VFX).

Course cost

The NextGen Skills Academy Level 3 Extended Diploma in Games, Animation & VFX Skills is fully funded for 16- to 19-year-old students.

Course duration

2 years, full time.