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Games Programming (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Games Programming (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree has a built-in foundation year, designed to equip you with the key principles of programming, mathematics and physics for game development, preparing you for the following three years of your course. You’ll graduate from this course with all the specialist skills needed to join the creative field of games programming.

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More about this course

The foundation year of this course will teach you the fundamental aspects of programming, computer hardware, game design and mathematical techniques.

This course allows artists and programmers to work together to design and produce games. This part of the course has been approved by our games industry partner TIGA as it replicates the real working process in professional practice.

The foundation year on this course is shared with a number of other foundation year degrees, so in Year 0 you’ll get to study with other students who are interested in a variety of different specialisms.

The foundation level of this course will ensure you have the fundamental skills in games programming needed to succeed in the subsequent three years of your course. Our dedicated staff will help to build your academic abilities and your confidence throughout this four-year degree.

You’ll be encouraged to attend gaming events and enter game competitions during the course, giving you the chance to discover game designs created by your peers. There will also be the opportunity to exhibit your work at the annual Summer Show, which displays students work at all levels and will give you the chance to show your work to a professional audience.

Following your foundation year, you'll study the same course content and modules as those who study our Games Programming BSc (Hons) degree.

You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

Assessment

You will mainly be assessed through coursework assignments. Presentations and group work will also be part of your assessment.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code GG50
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Entry requirements

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

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C/grade 4  or above (or equivalent, eg Functional Skills at Level 2).

Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D/grade 3 in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 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

Example Year 0 modules include:

  • Programming
  • Cyber Attack Prevention
  • Computer Networking
  • Mathematics

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • Computer Gaming Hardware Architectures
  • Game Design and Development
  • Game Programming
  • Logic and Mathematical Techniques

Example Year 2 modules include:

  • Advanced C++ for Games
  • Augmented Toy Development 
  • Game Engine Development
  • Graphics and Shader Programming 

Example Year 3 modules include:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Artificial Intelligence for Games
  • Creative Technology Project
  • Networking for Games
  • Prototype Development
  • Research Related Learning
  • Work Related Learning for Games and Animation

After the course

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

Previous graduates have joined companies such as Sky, BBC, ITV, Sega, Lionheart, Rare, Rocksteady, Media Molecule, Football Superstars and Sports Interactive. Some of our graduates have also created their own businesses.

What is a degree with foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you can't meet the necessary entry requirements or don't have the traditional qualifications required to start a standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

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.

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How to apply

Apply to us for September 2019

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

Applicants for September part-time entry should apply direct to the University using the apply online button.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) 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 one year before the start of the course.

Our UCAS institution code is L68.

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