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Computing (Games Development) (BSc, HND, HNC, Foundation Entry)

BCS Logo Computer games developers use their expertise to design and implement games or high performance real-time simulation involving a high standard of programming and mathematical skills.

As such, many of the traditional core software engineering topics are addressed in the programme but are given a different emphasis with significantly more focus on interactive computer graphics.

PATHWAY OPTIONS & HOW TO APPLY

Pathway Options

Computing (Games Development)

MComp | 4 Year Integrated Masters (Levels 4 to 7)
UCAS Code:  555R
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BSc | 3 Year Degree Programme (Levels 4 to 6)
UCAS Code: 126S
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HND | 2 Year Programme (Levels 4 to 5)
UCAS Code: 478T
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BSc | 4 Year Programme with Foundation Entry (Level 3 to 6)
UCAS Code:  DGV2

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STEM  Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Computing Stream) 
1 Year Foundation Programme (Level 3 to 4)
UCAS Code: SCT1
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Tuition Fees 2019/20:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,500 (Overseas)

Why choose this course

  1. Taught by staff with relevant academic and games industry experience
  2. Discover the secrets to Games Development using C/C++
  3. Cover the essentials of real-time Graphics programming, Virtual Reality systems and Artificial Intelligence
  4. Gain hands-on experience using the latest industry standard game engines and consoles
  5. Develop the knowledge needed to secure a career in the computer games and software engineering industries

What you will learn

Course Overview

The course focuses on designing, implementing, testing and maintenance of high quality computer games. The student will focus on acquiring and using the expertise required by a professional programmer to create solutions to large and complex problems. The expertise and skills you develop from engineering computer games as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.

Modules

Year 0 modules - Foundation Entry

  • Academic Writing (20 credits)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits)
  • Mathematics (10 credits)
  • Science (10 credits)
  • Computer Systems (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Computer Programming (20 credits)
  • Analysing and Solving Problems or Further Mathematics (20 credits)

Year 1 modules - MComp/BSc/HND/HNC

  • Academic & Employability Skills (20 credits)
  • Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)
  • Information Engineering (20 credits)
  • Internet Technology and Security (20 credits)
  • Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Software Development (20 credits)

Year 2 modules - MComp/BSc/HND

  • Advanced Software Development (20 credits)
  • Application Development (20 credits)
  • Enterprise and Innovation Group Project (20 credits) 
  • Games Architecture and Mechanics (20 credits)
  • Graphics and Games Programming (20 credits)
  • Project Management and Research Methods (20 credits)

Year 3 modules - MComp/BSc

  • Major Project (40 credits)
  • Advanced Graphics and Games Programming (20 credits)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (20 credits)
  • GPU Programming (20 credits)
  • Networked Applications (20 credits)

Year 4 modules - Integrated Masters - MComp

MComp Computing (Games Development) is a four-year fully-funded undergraduate programme, leading to a Masters-level qualification. You would be expected to join employers on a fast track to management by learning specialist skills in:

  • Agile Software Development (20 credits)
  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management (20 credits)
  • Group Project (60 credits)

Note: Foundation Year entry is also available. Foundation Year for Computing and Electronics Please see:  We also have "Year In Industry" options.

Assessment

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of software engineering.  The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations.  Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation

Students are encouraged to use our links with Software Alliance Wales and Go Wales to work on commercial schemes for their Major Project module.  Go Wales provides the opportunity of paid work placements with local businesses.

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Entry Criteria

MComp Computing (Games Development) - UCAS CODE: 555R

120 UCAS tariff points (previously 300) to include:

Two B grades at A-Level/AVCE; or 
BTEC National Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Pass; or 
BTEC National Certificate grades Distinction, Merit; or 
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Computing, Maths, Science, Electronics or similar.
GCSE Maths Level 4 (previously C) or above is required.

BSc Computing (Games Development) - UCAS CODE: 126S

104 UCAS tariff points (previously 260) to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or 
BTEC National Diploma grades Merit, Pass, Pass; or 
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Merit; or 
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Subjects at Advanced Level should include ICT, Computing, Maths, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths Level 4 (previously C) or above is required.

HND Computing (Games Development) - UCAS CODE: 478T

48 UCAS tariff points (previously 120) to include:

A C grade at A-Level/AVCE; or
BTEC National Diploma/Certificate/Award - Pass; or
NVQ Level 3 - Pass.

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Maths, ICT, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths Level 4 (previously C) or above is preferred.

HNC Computing (Games Development) - UCAS CODE: 455H

40 UCAS tariff points (previously 100)

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications. 

Typical International Baccalaureate Offer:

Please contact the computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.

Other:

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.

Foundation Year in STEM - UCAS CODE: HR3U

Foundation Year for Computing and Electronics

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects in the computing, teaching, lecturing and ICT industry, as well as in other areas of the economy. Recent statistics show that the vast majority are following their chosen career paths within six months of graduating.

Graduates would seek positions as Junior Programmer, Lead Programmer, Engine/Tools Programmer, Graphics/Special Effects/Rendering Programmer, Audio Programmer/Engineer, Artificial Intelligence Programmer, Networking/Multiplayer, Networking Programmer, Mobile Games Programmer, Physics Programmer, Software Engineer, Software Developer, etc.

Here are some profiles of graduates from this programme and where they are now:

For all graduate testimonials, please see here:

Graduate Testimonials

Additional Costs

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as Major Project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade achieved. 

Student Quotes

James Simonson, BSc Computer Games Development

"Finding employment after the Computer Games Development degree was easy as the programme equips you with the desired skills sought across most industries. The programme taught programming and software engineering principles, networking and applied mathematics, building and developing websites and apps, server programming, data visualisation and data mining."

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