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University of Portsmouth

Computer Games Enterprise

UCAS Code: G450

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

Entry requirements


112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

112 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

112

112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

93%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

6.0 years | Part-time | 2019

Subjects

Business studies

Computer games

**Overview**
Love computer games? Always dreamed of setting up your own business, developing and creating incredible experiences for players?

On this award-winning BSc (Hons) Computer Games Enterprise degree course, you’ll learn how to make your dream a reality by getting the necessary knowledge and skills to start your own game-related business.

You'll also have the opportunity to develop the skills and expertise to work for an established games developer, all while accessing some of the most advanced gaming development facilities at any university in the country.

**Accreditations**
This course is accredited by The Independent Game Developers' Association (TIGA). All TIGA-accredited courses teach skills required by the games industry. These courses are also in demand in other industries, such as the synthetic training industry.

Part of the TIGA accreditation process involves ensuring that a specific number of graduates are finding work in related roles, and ensures that students on accredited courses are learning transferrable skills such as communication, team work and problem solving. In this way TIGA accreditation lets you know that you'll graduate with the professional skills to get started in the industry.

TIGA reassesses our courses every five years, so you can also be confident that the knowledge and practical skill that you pick up on our Computer Games courses remain up to date and relevant.

**What you'll experience**
On this Computer Games Enterprise degree course, you'll:
- Build skills in games development along with those required to set up your own business

- Tackle the challenges that come with starting your own enterprise, from funding and protecting your ideas to management and marketing

- Access top-tier games development resources including a Vicon optical motion capture suite, Sony Playstation console development kits, Wacom Cintiq lab, photography studio, 3D printers and more

- Get your hands on professional software including Unreal Engine, 3DS Max and Maya

- Develop games as a part of a multidisciplinary team, using your strengths either as a designer, artist, programmer, manager or producer

- Learn from guest lectures and industry speakers

- Get valuable experience and grow your network with the option to take a self-employed placement year

- Learn on a course that’s the Winner of TIGA (The Independent Games Association) Best Educational Institution Award 2014

**Careers and opportunities**
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you get your business off the ground or find a job that puts your skills to work in the computer games industry.

Previous graduates have gone on to work at companies including:
- Black Rock

- Climax

- Codemasters

- Electronic Arts

- Exient

- Jagex

- Kuju (Zoe Mode and Nik Nak Games)

- Pivotal Games

- Rebellion

- Sony

- Travellers Tales

You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

Modules

One of the best features of the first year is your chance to work in a team to create a game prototype using any technology you wish. The task mimics the experiences of developers in the industry and enables you to get a taste of each stage of the development process. In your second year you will continue to develop game design and business skills, and also choose between two pathways – game graphics or game programming. There’s a wide range of options in your final year allowing for specialisation in the areas that interest you the most. You’ll also complete an individual project on a topic of your choice, as well as a year-long group project, chosen from a pool of real-life projects proposed by a range of clients.

Assessment methods

Due to the practical nature of this course, assessment is extremely varied and includes practical projects, work portfolios, academic and evaluative essays, multiple choice tests, oral presentations, examinations and case studies.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
med
Business studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business studies

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Business studies

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.

£23,000
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Average annual salary
97%
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Employed or in further education
90%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Public services and other associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The number of business studies graduates fell significantly last year after a long period of increase. But there were still more than 14,000 degrees awarded and this is the third most popular subject for new graduates. Because so many graduates get business studies degrees, you can find them everywhere in the economy, and very few jobs are completely out of reach for a good business studies graduate. Around 40% go into jobs in finance, sales, recruitment, management (particularly retail) or marketing. There is also a small (but well paid) group who take their technical skills into computing and IT. Thousands of graduates from this subject go into professional jobs every year, and average starting salaries are above the average for all subjects and particularly healthy in London where they top £25k. Graduates with good degree grades in business studies are much more likely to get good jobs, so don’t be complacent, and keep a close eye on your grades.

Computing

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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
93%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
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.

Business studies

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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£22k

£28k

£28k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Computer games

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

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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