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Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*-C including English and maths (minimum grade B) or a relevant Level 2 qualification preferably with a distinction (merit may be considered) including English and maths at Level 2.

Who is the course for

This course has been designed for students interested in pursuing a career in programming for games applications. The course provides a basis for further training and higher education or for moving into employment. Students can develop the skills, knowledge and understanding, that underpin a range of occupations in this industry.

Course Content

Yr 1 course = 90 credits

Yr 2 course = additional 90 credits (total 180 credits)

Games programming is both competitive and challenging. For students who want to pursue a career in this field Uxbridge College is one of the few institutions that offer the courses that will prepare you for the industry. Using the standard BTEC Level 3 units, we have added the specialist games development and computer animation units to develop a games development pathway. You will be given the opportunity to develop your own games throughout the course.

Course units include:

  • Communicating & employability skills
  • Computer systems
  • Procedural programming
  • 2D animation production
  • Event driven programming
  • 3D modelling
  • Computer games design
  • Software design & development
  • Drawing concept art for computer games
  • Digital graphics
  • Computer game engines.

By the end of the course you will be equipped to either enter the games software industry or progress to any software development/computing related degree.

Although the primary focus of this course is to teach you games programming, you will develop a solid understanding that will enable you to enter into the field of software development.

You will learn industry standard languages such as C++, and you will build a solid understanding in various aspects of computing.

In addition to this, the course will provide you with the personal and organisational skills required to ensure you can offer a complete package to the potential employer or educational institute.

Study Methods

This course is classroom taught and you will have opportunities to develop your creative skills through instructor led workshops.

How is the course assessed

This course is assessed through a combination of assignments and projects designed to give you hands-on experience of basic game development. It is 100% coursework based.

Where next - Further Studies

Progress from the 90 credit Diploma to the Extended Diploma in IT - Games Development pathway. After the Extended Diploma progress to the BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing & Systems Development - Games Development.

Where next - Job Opportunities

This course is nationally recognised within industry and commerce. Successful candidates can expect to find employment opportunities in games development, software development, computer animation and systems analysis and design.

More Information

For further information, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team on 01895 853333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How to Apply

To apply for a course choose one of these methods:

  • Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
  • Post - download an application form here , or use the form in the prospectus. Fill it out and return it to:

Student Records/Admissions, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ.

When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

Uxbridge Campus: Course Starting Mon 05 September 2016

Starts: 05/09/2016

Duration: 1 Year(s)

Where: Uxbridge Campus

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00