Course Type: Full Time

Level 3 Virtual and Augmented Reality

  • Course Code AAA0816
  • Start Date 3rd September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

The first of its kind in the UK, this programme will set you up for a career in this exciting new field.


This course is designed to give you an introduction to this highly innovative new industry and develop the skills you will need to have the employment edge in this spectacular new world.


Virtual and augmented reality are currently developing exponentially and are poised to radically impact on our society, from entertainment and the arts through to medical care. It’s an exciting time to study this subject at Gateshead College.


All students on the course are offered the opportunity to work with industry and take on commercial commission work.


You will use game engines, 3D tools and state of the art technologies to develop your own content and understand how to place it into virtual worlds using VR technology. You will also develop the skills you need to create augmented reality content  – interacting with the virtual and real worlds simultaneously and in ways that have not existed until now.


Gateshead is working to become European, if not world leading in this field and Gateshead College has been involved since the start. Enquire about this unique course and get set for a career that has boundless opportunities.


The course also acts as a pathway into Higher Education with the Extended Diploma being equivalent to three A levels. You can achieve up to 168 UCAS points on completion of this course.

The place of study

With Gateshead fast becoming the UK hub for digital companies, we've teamed up with some of the best creative organisations in the North East to make sure the courses we offer give you the skills you need to get the job you want.

Based at Baltic Campus, this programme combines state-of-the-art facilities with cutting edge subject knowledge from lecturers that really know their stuff following years of experience working in the industry.

You'll get the chance to follow professional briefs and complete commercial projects using all the latest equipment and software packages.

An interview is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes assignments, practical assessments, oral questions and written papers. Students produce a portfolio of evidence to support the assessment process.

Your work will be continuously assessed using assignments, case studies, and practical work.

How will I be taught?

The course is very practical, and is delivered by tutors with a wealth of experience.

Qualifications needed

This course is Level 3 - you will need to have the equivalent of at least four GCSEs at grade C (4) or above - preferably including English and maths. For vocational programmes, it would help to have a relevant qualification at Level 2 or appropriate expe

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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