BSc (Hons) Computer Games Software Development (Direct entry)

The BSc (Hons) Games Development courses allows you to specialise in one of two key disciplines within the games industry: games software development or games design. The course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experiences needed to excel as a graduate in the computer games field.

Games Software Development Stream: You will specialise in Games Software Development through a series of individual, and collaborative modules. Individual modules will develop your expertise in areas such; Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Game Development, C++ and OpenGL, Network Game Development, Engine Based Development, and facilitate the development of portfolio pieces. Collaborative modules will see you work together with students from other specialised courses within the Department of Applied Computer Games such as Computer Games (Art and Animation) and 3D Design for Visual Environments in order to produce games to internal and industry-specified briefs.

Your career

Graduates have gone on to work at Rockstar, Electronic Arts, Sony and Guerrilla Games.

Year 1

Mathematics for computer games, Introduction to games design, Introduction to games programming, Fundamentals of computer systems, Fundamentals of network and cloud computing, Introduction to 3D modelling, Integrated project 1

Year 2

Games programming 1, Game design 1, 3D maths for simulation and visualisation, Data structure and algorithms, Human computer interaction, Integrated project 2

Year 3

Games programming 2, Game artificial intelligence, Games preproduction workshop, Graphics programming, Research skills and professional issues, Integrated project 3.

Year 4

Mobile game development 1, Game programming 3, Artificial intelligence, Mobile platform development, Honours project.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2022/23

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UCAS

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
1 - 2 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
W280
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 1 - 2 Years Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 2

IB Diploma: 30 points (incl two HL subjects, one to be Maths (if Year 2 is an option). Check with school
College HNC: 15 credit HNC Computer Games Development - graded unit A
Please note - specific modules are required for entry.

Year 3

College HND: Computer Games Development (with the code heavy delivery model) - graded unit A
Please note - specific modules are required for entry.

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
International: £13,000

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS).

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this course is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

Assessment methods used to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes include examinations, coursework, class tests, presentations, computer-based exercises and written reports. In each of their initial three years, our students take part in innovative group projects leading to an individual project in their final year, which improves their academic, practical and employability skills. Each project incorporates two strands of learning, the first is the essential technical skills needed to undertake a complete product design and this is developed further to allow our students to show their innovative and enterprising abilities.   The second strand furnishes our students with the ‘soft’ skills related to team working, business operations, the project design process and ethical practices. This work helps students to develop a growing appreciation of the practicalities and realities of the application of software processes in the real world. Assessment is by presentation, delivery of design report and, most importantly, demonstration of product prototypes.

We aim to be flexible and like to extend our laboratory work so that students can access hardware and software tools for use outside lab hours, allowing students to gain additional, highly valuable experience in developing software systems. These enhanced practical skills are highly prized by employers and can be the difference when competing for high quality employment opportunities for industrial placement on graduation. After successfully completing their Level Three studies, our students have the option to participate in an industrial placement for one year which is recognised on the degree certificate on graduation. International exchange opportunities are also available, allowing students to spend a semester abroad through the Erasmus Programme or an overseas summer placement through the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) through the British Council. Finally, the school provides summer placement opportunities to highly motivated students to work on novel applications of electronic and software technologies. Game Jam is an international game design challenge which takes place within GCU every year. It pitches aspiring programmers and designers against the world’s rising stars in the industry in a race to develop the best new title with over a 100 of our students and enthusiasts working round the clock to create and programme new video games from scratch in just one weekend.