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.
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.
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.
Graduates from this course can expect to open up a career in the games industry such as games programmer/developer. In addition, you could become a programmer, system developer or technician.
Successful completion of the course will also allow you to continue your studies at postgraduate level.
What skills will you gain?
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.
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
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 here
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
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
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.
The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.
Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.
Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.