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School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Computer Science (Games Development) with Sandwich placement

BSc (Hons) Sandwich 4 years

This course investigates the technologies behind games development including hardware (consoles, input devices) and software games engines.

This course investigates the technologies behind games development including hardware (consoles, input devices) and software games engines.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code G452
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  • Start Date(s) 20 September 2021, 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Sandwich
  • Course Length Sandwich (4 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Why choose this course?

This course investigates the technologies behind games development including hardware (consoles, input devices) and software games engines. It also covers the mathematics and physics required to create believable agents, non-player characters (NPCs) and virtual worlds inside a computer game.

 This equips you to play a valuable role as part of a games development team in the games industry, and enables you to develop your own ideas into a marketable product.

The course has the same foundations and principles of our main Computer Science Award, integrating computer language tools, techniques and methodologies. Additionally we will prepare you with the key skills needed to keep abreast of future developments.

Find out more about our computer science courses in the below video featuring staff and students.

Computer Science Video

What happens on the course?

Our course combines the core subjects of computer science with the opportunity to develop additional skills in the area of games development.  

Programming is an essential requirement for all computer scientists and games developers, and you will be developing your skills in this area throughout your course. You will begin with the fundamentals of programming and problem solving, and build on this through subjects such as object oriented analysis, design and programming, software development and systems programming. In addition to your games development studies, you will also learn about computer graphics and artificial intelligence. In your final year, your studies will culminate in the development of a computer games related project.

You will also engage in studies focused on developing your academic and employability skills and you will be offered the opportunity to undertake a placement year where you gain invaluable experience in the workplace before returning to complete your final year. Many students have found this to be a real asset when it comes to finding a job after graduation.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Graduates from this course can expect to open up a career in the games industry such as games programmer/developer. In addition, the course can lead to a career as a real-time 3D programmer in many industries, such as construction, architecture, design and engineering.
 
Furthermore, a Computer Science degree is an internationally respected qualification which can lead you into such careers as:
 
Software Developer
Programmer
Software Tester
Software Engineer
 
Our graduates have progressed to careers in a wide range of organisations and institutions across the country and internationally.
 

Successful completion of the course will also allow you to continue your studies at postgraduate level.ate level.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

In 2009, a team of our students won a Britsh Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award after winning a national competition Dare to be Digital, a video games development contest organised with Channel 4.

We have a dedicated computer games laboratory for use exclusively for games development specialists, as part of our iconic IT complex, together with an emerging Technologies Lab.

The department organises the leading international conference on Computer Games Development CGAMES and is publisher of the International Journal of Intelligent Games & Simulation.

This course will enable you to master the essential facts, concepts, principles, theories and practices of computer science.

You will develop expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of software systems accross a variety of platforms, tasks and environments.

You will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of the structure of a computer game, specifically regarding the software development process and relevant computational aspects.

Your studies will enable you to combine technical understanding with relevant methodologies to build and test a computer game. 

At the end of this course, you will be able to gather, analyse and interpret information from a range of sources and to devise solutions to problems based on evidence, which you will be able to implement and evaluate. You will develop the skills you need to effectively communicate your findings and to work both independently and as part of a team.

Our course will prepare you to apply the personal, organisational and professional skills, necessary for self-learning, that are essential for continuing professional development within the worldwide Computing Industry.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Sandwich £9250 per year 2020-21
Home Sandwich £9250 per year 2021-22
International Sandwich £12250 per year 2020-21
International Sandwich £12950 per year 2021-22

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

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Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

English language requirements also apply

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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