On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry. We have an industrial advisory panel who offer guidance on course content. They regularly host guest talks and Q&A sessions for our students. Amuzo recently mentored a student group, offering them office space and support on their premises.
- Creative Business Awareness: An overview of the creative technology industry and how businesses of different sizes work in this sector. You'll take part in business simulations and develop professional skills such as team working, project management, presentation and information communication.
- Media Devices & Networks: Here, you'll learn about the basic operations of computers and media devices, and network limits and capabilities to merge audio, video and gaming equipment and multimedia content across networks.
- Software Programming: Learn about the practices of planning, designing and using computer programs for audio and media application.
- Computer Graphics for Games: The aim of this unit is to introduce students to a number of the fundamental mathematical concepts that are used to underpin the understanding of computer graphics used in game development.
- Games Production Techniques 1: A double-weighted unit that will introduce you to games development focused on beginner’s level, to develop your understanding of modern game creation for the rest of the course. The unit will look at the history of computer games across the last few decades and hardware and software.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the first year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 392 hours
- Independent learning: 808 hours
- Non-credit bearing learning and teaching: 14 hours
- Commercial Business Environment: An opportunity to develop commercial and professional skills for operating a business in the creative industry. The unit incorporates teamwork on simulated business projects.
- Group Project: Develop multidisciplinary team working skills through delivering a project. You'll gain knowledge of production processes and be able to communicate your ideas effectively in person and online.
- Programming for Graphics & Games: You'll develop a game engine for advanced 2D sprite base games and 3D graphics rendering. There's a particular focus on the mathematical and technical theory needed for gaming software.
- Mobile Games Programming: Sound and software programming for creating games and 3D graphics for mobile platforms. There will be a particular focus on developing for platforms like the iPhone and the iPad.
- Games Content and Asset Creation: You will create games characters and artefacts for animation and 3D character modelling. You will also learn how to integrate your creations into real-time game engines.
- Game Production Techniques 2: Computer software and content for entertainment is rapidly growing. This unit will develop your skills in creation areas, such as level design, 3D modelling, animation, games programming, game design theory, novel gaming interaction techniques and others. Technical areas such as physics and mathematics will also be covered.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the second year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 362 hours
- Independent learning: 838 hours
- Non-credit bearing learning and teaching: 56 hours
Year 3 (Placement)
You may choose to complete an optional 40-week minimum (or a minimum of 30-weeks for 2017 entry) or a short 8 week industrial work placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. You'll get an opportunity to include a period of academic study during this time. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.
Year 3/4 (Final year)
- Individual Project: An opportunity to apply what you've learnt to develop multimedia, network and business systems. You'll practice problem solving for research, synthesis, realisation and evaluation, and present your project using oral, written and modelling techniques to a professional standard.
- Modelling & Game Design: Develop skills in 3D modelling and game design. There will be a particular focus on software tools used for producing 3D models and the techniques needed for developing interactive computer games.
- Game Engineering: Become a professional in computer games engineering. There's a particular focus on current and emerging technologies used for game interaction.
- Innovation & Business Development: Develop your own innovative business ideas. You'll gain skills and experience to set up and manage your own business in the creative industry.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the final year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 242 hours
- Independent learning: 948 hours
- Non-credit bearing learning and teaching: 6 hours
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Download the programme specification for BSc (Hons) Games Technology.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
The experience that you will gain during your placement is invaluable in helping to make informed decisions about your future career path, as well as enhancing employment prospects upon graduation. During the placement year you will have the chance to develop your interpersonal skills and build on the theory and knowledge you have gained so far. Many of our students find that they are offered permanent jobs after graduation by their placement companies.
We engage with games developers in the industry across the UK and overseas, including Jagex, Lionhead, Marmalade, Goodgame Studios and Climax Studios. Lawrence Barnett is very excited about his placement.
“I’m off to New York, Manhattan, to work with Gameloft,” he says. “They’re one of the biggest mobile developers: they make games like Spiderman, Cars, Disney-inspired everything. I’m going to be doing level design.” Read and see more >
We have an industrial advisory panel who offer guidance on course content. They regularly host guest talks and Q&A sessions for our students. Amuzo recently mentored a student group, offering them office space and support on their premises.
How long is my placement?
You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study and you must complete a minimum of 40 weeks (or a minimum of 30-weeks for 2017 entry).
Background and experience
For this course we are looking for applicants who:
- Have a strong interest in games technology with particular emphasis on games programming.
- Are looking to develop a career in the games industry.
- Are looking to use technology for the creation of games and game assets.
We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications then students may be invited to attend a short meeting at BU to discuss their application. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.
Our offer making process
Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.
If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.
How we'll assess your application
We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.
If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 20-60 points below the published tariff.
Unconditional offer scheme - for September 2016 entry
Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/triple Distinction in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications). What’s more we’ll recognise your achievement if you meet these grades with an Academic Excellence Scholarship from £1,500 when you arrive*.
We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Excellent grades will become a part of applicants’ CVs and are also required for BU’s scholarships. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements. *Our scholarships are subject to terms, conditions and eligibility criteria, detailed on our scholarships pages.
2017 entry requirements
The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry. If you have applied in the 2016 UCAS admissions cycle, you will use the previous UCAS Tariff.
The entry requirements for this course are 104 to 120 tariff points, including 3 A-Levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.
UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.
Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies
GCSEs: A minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including a Maths and English or equivalent qualifications
Numeracy and Literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2.If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.
We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service. It may be that we can still consider it.
Access Courses: We welcome Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma in ICT/Science/Business (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3, remainder at level 2 or equivalent). Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.
- Extended Diploma: This course requires a Distinction, Merit, Merit.
- Diploma: This course requires at least Distinction, Merit in addition to an A-Level or equivalent to achieve the overall tariff.
- 90-credit Diploma: The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
- Subsidiary Diploma: This course requires a Distinction in addition to two A-Levels or equivalent to achieve the overall tariff.
A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-Levels.
European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 71 - 75% overall.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma): The International Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate. This course requires 28 - 31 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.
Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff.
Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma plus one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.
- Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit.
Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.
Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.
Deferred Entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.
International entry requirements
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components, or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.
Academic entry requirements
You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.
We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.
The computer games industry is continuing to expand at a rapid rate and there is always demand for professionals with a good understanding of the principles of games technology and programming. This course will help you develop all the skills you need to enter this fast-paced and exciting industry.
We have links with games companies locally, nationally and internationally, allowing you to make valuable industry contacts before you graduate. Our students are highly sought after within the industry, with 75%* of our graduates working or studying within six months of finishing their course.
You will be in a position to apply for a range of jobs once you graduate, including:
- Games programmer
- Games developer
- Media designer.
This course is a member of The Independent Games Developers Association (TIGA), the trade association representing the UK games industry, which will make your qualification stand out in this competitive and ever-evolving industry.
Industries worked in
Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.
*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.
The National Student Survey
The below information all comes from the National Student Survey completed by students who graduated last year.
- Students agreed staff are good at explaining things – 52%
- Students agreed staff made the subject interesting – 48%
- Students were satisfied overall – 33%
- Students agreed they got sufficient advice and support – 43%.
At BU, we take our students’ feedback very seriously. We have reviewed all the responses to the survey, and we are implementing a number of new initiatives for our students. Why not visit us to see for yourself at an open day?
- Revised assignment hand-in dates to be more student-friendly
- Increasing academic staff numbers so you’ll have more access to our teaching team
- Recruited a full-time demonstrator to help students with their practical work
- Relocated course administration and placement teams to be more accessible
- New students welcome pack has much more information about where to go for help and advice
- Inviting more guest speakers from industry to give you an insider’s view
- Industry visits so you see games development in operation
- Refreshing course content to include more real life case studies
- Continuing investment in new buildings with dedicated study and social spaces on campus
- New dedicated Games laboratory resources with increased capacity
- Recruiting new staff to help you Grow@BU – a Faculty support service run by recent graduates who really understand student issues
- ContriBUte: a brand new scheme run by the Student Union to give you the opportunity to get involved in making things happen at BU
- Inter disciplinary games jam development competitions with prizes from sponsors such as Creative England, judged by games industry experts
Additional accreditation, affiliations or exemptions
This course is accredited by TIGA, the trade association representing the UK's games industry.
46% of the course is assessed by coursework
Other assessment methods reflect the practical teaching styles on each unit, for example you may be involved in group work. You will also have the opportunity to develop single and multi-player based games.
22% is scheduled learning and teaching activities
In addition to the taught units on this course you will spend time in our dedicated studios using the latest software. Your third year is spent in a work environment. In your final year, you will spend a significant amount of time on self-directed learning in order to create a project that can be exhibited at our annual Festival of Design & Technology
All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.