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honestly idk if its OCR. but please tell me what you do just in case.
The downside to there only being one exam, of course, is that there's a sh*t ton of coursework - I'm talking a lot. Expect to stay behind after school a lot of days. Expect to come in on weekends. I can't talk too specifically about the coursework and expect it to relate to you as the coursework changes every year and there's a lot of optional modules that your teachers will choose to keep or omit, but I'll talk about my experience and what I had to do anyway. Our first-year coursework involved creating a poster for this theoretical game called TimeChaser. You make a logo for the made-up company, collect assets (photos etc) from the internet and then work on Photoshop over the course of a couple of weeks in order to create the poster. This part of the coursework was fun - I enjoyed it. But sadly this part doesn't take up the majority of the coursework and the rest of it is tedious AF. You have to plan out your poster first. This involves making moodboards, visualisation diagrams, mindmaps - all the pre-production skills I mentioned above. Then you've gotta write essays on file formats, types of digital graphics eg bitmap/raster and vector, legislations etc. Then, once you've made the poster, you have to write an essay on evaluating it eg what you did well and what you didn't. This part isn't fun, but it's easy. I was able to score a top mark with my coursework as well.
My second year of the GCSE involves creating a website and then doing the same essay-writing tasks. With experience in the bag from first year, I find it's way easier to write these extended pieces and it takes soooo much less time, which is good.
Overall it's a very (very) good course for becoming a game designer. While you don't exactly make any games (or I didn't, in my experience - but like I said, there's optional modules your teachers can add in or omit - including modules like 3d character and map design), it teaches you a lot about planning and how to communicate well with clients. You also learn a lot of pre-production elements which are absolutely essential for the career you want to follow. I'd recommend it, especially if you don't like exams - which I don't.