Government to introduce video games GCSE

School pupils will be able to learn the history of games in qualifications equivalent to a GCSE or A-Level as part of new Government plans.

14-year-old students will soon have the chance to choose a media course at school; part of which will ask them to examine ‘the historical development of computer games’.

And Sixth-formers will be able to sign up to an advanced media studies Diploma, which will require them to ‘critically respond to a range of computer games’ and discuss why enthusiasts like playing them.

The qualifications will be part of a range of new Diplomas, which pupils will be able to study instead of more traditional subjects such as History. Schools Secretary Ed Balls (pictured) unveiled the first draft syllabuses yesterday.

Available at both GCSE and A-level standard, the Diplomas will be offered in 14 industry areas including IT, construction, engineering, media, and health and social care, and will be rolled out between 2008 and 2013.

"I want to see the brightest and the best taking diplomas which will give them more choice and allow them to get the careers they really want,” said Balls.

"I’m confident that when people study the draft content now available, they will see how far we’ve come in developing a credible alternative for all young people.”

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