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Games Programming - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Games Programming BSc degree will enable you to develop the specialist knowledge and key skills needed to join this thriving industry. You’ll be joining a supportive and friendly community of highly motivated games students who work hard to achieve their goals.

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More about this course

You'll start by building a strong base in C++ programming, with mathematics and physics for game development, as well as gaining skills in console hardware architecture and game design. As you progress through the degree you'll use different graphics libraries and engines to make 2D and 3D games.

You'll develop specialist skills in physical computing, virtual reality and artificial intelligence while becoming proficient in a range of relevant programming and scripting languages.

Each year there are core modules on this course that enable artists and programmers to work together and achieve common goals - designing and producing innovative games. This aspect of the student experience is highly commended by our games industry partner TIGA and our industry steering group, as it mimics professional practice.

We actively encourage you to engage in public competitions and gaming events such as Game Jams, and we hold an annual Summer Show where students at all levels have the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider professional audience.

Visit our creative technology blog to see some fantastic work from our students.

You can get a taste for life at our School of Computing and Digital Media by taking a look at our showcase of recent student work.

Assessment

You will be assessed primarily by coursework assignments. On-going assessments are also taken during set (timetabled) classroom times.

Assessments will include peer review, opportunities for Quality Assurance (QA), detailed feedback and guidance from tutors.

Coursework, presentations and group work will require you to:

  • meet programming briefs
  • demonstrate an understanding of work flow and project management
  • demonstrate good communication skills
  • write and present reports on development
  • demonstrate subject knowledge and research techniques.

Professional accreditation

The School of Computing and Digital Media (SCDM) is a member of the games industry body TIGA. An aim of this new degree is to improve the potential for possible submission for future TIGA accreditation.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code GG48
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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, e.g. BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Games Programming (including foundation year) BSc (Hons).

Accelerated study

It may be possible to gain credit for any courses or relevant work experience you've gained prior to your course at London Met. This process, known as the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), avoids the duplication of learning and will enable you to gain exemption from certain parts or levels of a course. 

There are two different types of APL. The first is Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL): If you hold a prior qualification, for example, from another university, this may exempt you from part of your course.

The second type is Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning
(APEL): Similarly, if you've taken work, paid or voluntary, that has resulted in learning skills or knowledge equivalent to a module you'll be studying, you may apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Where this course can take you

Completing this degree will open up many job opportunities within the games and entertainment industry. Upon graduating you could find employment as an animator, games developer, games designer, software engineer, visual effects artist, applications developer or a multimedia programmer.

Previous graduates have taken up positions at employers including Sky, BBC, ITV, Sega, Lionheart, Rare, Rocksteady, Media Molecule, Football Superstars and Sports Interactive.

Some of our graduates have also set up their own businesses.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Discover Uni – key statistics about this course

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How to apply

September 2021: If you’re a UK student or an EU student with settled/pre-settled status and want to study full-time from September, you can apply through Clearing – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online. If you're an international applicant or want to study part-time, select the relevant entry point and click the "Apply direct" button.

Applying for 2021

If you're from the UK, or you're from the EU and have settled or pre-settled status, apply through Clearing for courses starting in September 2021 – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online.

Applying for 2022

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.



When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course.

Our UCAS institution code is L68.

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To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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