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University of Bolton

Games Programming

UCAS Code: G620

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

104

Your Level 3 subjects must include at least one relevant subject; for instance, A-level Mathematics, Computing or Physics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Computing or Engineering. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including Mathematics. Your Level 3 subjects must include at least one relevant subject; for instance, A-level Mathematics, Computing or Physics or BTEC Extended Diploma in Computing or Engineering. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including Mathematics. To help you understand what UCAS points are equivalent to, in terms of grades, please visit the University of Bolton’s webpage below for some examples of grades from popular qualifications: https://www.bolton.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/ucas-tariff/

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Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Computer games programming

Interested in using your talent for maths and physics in the interactive entertainment industry? Our Games Programming degree focuses on the technical aspects of games production for the PC, mobile and virtual reality games markets. We aim to equip you with the skills (especially programming in C++) to join this exciting and dynamic industry.

The global games industry continues to grow. Worth over $137 billion in 2018, this value is predicted to rise to over $180 billion by the end of 2021*. Games offers lucrative careers at the cutting-edge of technology and talented games programmers are always in demand in the UK, Europe and the USA.

Offering a broad education in games programming, design, development and technology, our Games Programming degree emphasises the technical aspects of game production. We aim for you to become a skilled programmer and you’ll use C++, the principal programming language in the games industry, at each stage of the course. We assume no prior knowledge of programming but a good knowledge of mathematics, especially algebra, will help you succeed on the course. We’ll guide and support you throughout your studies to help you master object orientated programming and design techniques and learn about advanced programming data structures and algorithms for game development.

Games and interactive applications are becoming more cinematic in look and feel so we teach maths and physics in a very practical way to help you learn to create 2D and 3D environments where behaviour and movement looks realistic. You’ll also have opportunities to gain experience of multi-platform programming and artificial intelligence techniques used in the development of efficient and robust games.

*Ukie, UK Games Success Stories - http://ukie.org.uk/research/ accessed on 22 August 2019

Modules

Information about the modules offered as part of this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Assessment methods

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Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,450
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bolton

Department:

Games

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Computer games and animation

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
92%
Male students
8%
Female students
50%
2:1 or above
27%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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E
B

After graduation


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Computer games and animation

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
low
Average annual salary
79%
low
Employed or in further education
94%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

45%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Information technology technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a relatively new subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. Gaming is a growing industry, and if it continues to grow we should see the rather high unemployment rate coming down over the next few years. Much the most common jobs for graduates who do get work after six months are in programming roles - but as things stand, be aware that jobs in the field are very competitive and personal contacts - either through family, friends or via specialist employment agencies - are a crucial way into the industry so be prepared to talk as well as code!

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computer games programming

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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