Surge in Growth of Video Game Industry Reflected in Applications for Liverpool’s Creative Digital School.

The Studio School, Liverpool, has again proved to be a popular choice for students. Applications for 2021 admissions hit record numbers as parents and students seek a less traditional model for their secondary school education following lockdown.

The Studio School offers the full range of GCSEs and A Levels alongside specialist qualifications in creative and digital tech, including the Games, Animation and VFX Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Students have this year secured top results; despite the many challenges they have faced over the past years.

  • Luke – A* in Maths, A* Further maths, A Physics + Double Distinction* in scripting and programming
  • Annie –3 x A* in Art, Graphics and Lens Based Media (Photography)
  • India – 3 x A* in Art, Graphics and History
  • Ethan – A in Further Maths, A* in Maths, A in Physics
  • Oscar – A in History, A in Film, A in Photography, A* in EPQ
  • Sam – A in Photography, A* in Art, A* in Graphics
  • Niall – Double Distinction* in Scripting and Programming, Distinction* in Enterprise, B in Maths
  • Matthew – A in Computer Science, Double Distinction* in Scripting and Programming


Students excel in these focused qualifications allowing them to secure exceptional destinations following their time here. Students this year have secured places to study Computer Games Programming, Comic and Concept Art, Animation Production, Software Engineering, Pure Maths and Fine Art. A number of students have also been able to secure Degree Apprenticeships in Tech with Barclays.

Principal, Jill Davies says: “We all know this has been a hugely challenging year for students. However, our young people have been so well prepared to embrace a hybrid model of in-person and online learning and have drawn on all their creative and technical skills to achieve the best results. They are innovative, creative and robust problem solvers who have not only adapted to the rapid and frequent changes, but supported each other to benefit from the advances in technology we have seen. They will make exceptional additions to any degree or workplace. Which is ideal as the sector we take inspiration from has also seen massive growth.”

The UK Video Game industry saw a huge 17.7% increase in sales of games in 2020 according to GSD data from retailers. While many industries suffered, the games industry was able to increase its library and appeal to people stuck at home during lockdown. Launching new and creative ways to help people play and stay in touch with friends enabled the UK games industry to bank £4.2billion in revenue, a 14.5% increase from 2019.