A games development student has designed her way to the top.

Emily Schofield, 17, from Little Sutton, who is a student at West Cheshire College, won the regional heats of the Advanced Game Development competition, part of the nation’s largest skills and careers event, WorldSkills.

Emily, who is studying a BTEC extended diploma in games development, beat 60 other competitors after impressing judges with her design work.

“The competition was five hours long and we had to create a table with a lamp, books and a globe using the same software we use in our college course to develop games,” said Emily.

“The competition was under exam conditions so it was quite tense.

“I am so shocked but really happy to win.”

She added: “Being involved in the competition has really improved my confidence and when I finish college I want to go to university.

“One day my dream is to develop games for PlayStation.”

Winning the heats means that Emily is through to the finals of the competition to be held at the NEC in Birmingham in November.

Paul Browne, programme leader in games development and media at the college, who put Emily forward for the competition, said: “Emily has done really well to win the heats and we are all very proud of her.

“All of us here at West Cheshire College are looking forward to November, we have no doubt she will do extremely well.”