Course Overview

Attendance
Duration 4 or 5 years

* Price per academic year

This course is subject to approval.

Course summary

The Computer Games Development with Foundation BSc Honours offers an entry route for those students who do not have the required entry requirements for all three-year degree pathways in the department of computer science. Successful completion of the foundation year enables an automatic progression onto the first year of any Computer Science undergraduate degree: Computer Science BSc, Software Engineering BEng, Digital Media Development BSc, Business Information Systems BSc and Computer Games Development BSc. Students who progress to the three-year degrees via this foundation year route have traditionally performed very well.

The foundation year route may also be of interest if you do not feel ready to start the first year of an undergraduate course, perhaps because you have been out of education for some time or you feel your current qualifications will not equip you to attempt a three-year undergraduate computing course directly.

Computer Games Development combines technology and creativity in a multidisciplinary way. The games industry is still an expanding and challenging sector with continually evolving ideas and cutting-edge technologies. It requires practitioners to exercise more flexibility in software specifications and functionality, through adapting their approaches to design and management while keeping abreast of broad changes to technology.

This course covers all major technical aspects of the games development process from design to production. It aims to prepare you for a career in software development with a particular emphasis on computer games. The course provides you with a solid understanding of game technologies including programming, applied maths, computer graphics and game engines. You are supported to expand a broad range of knowledge and skills including mobile and web application development, 3D modelling and animation, and human computer interaction. To enhance student employability the course offers a number of talks from creative industry and will support your participation in prestige game competitions and digital fairs as well as industrial placements and internships.

This course will prepare you for work in an increasingly challenging and rewarding field by giving you a clear perspective of the current nature and practice of games development. You will be equipped with the required technical and creative skills for the new era of game developers. You will gain a thorough knowledge of programming, computer graphics and game project management, together with an appreciation of the industrial environment.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Mathematics and Problem Solving (Double module)
  • The Computer and Software Development (Double Module).
  • Cyber Security Fundamentals
  • Academic Skills

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Computer Systems Fundamentals
  • Game Development Group Project I
  • Mathematics for Games Development

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • 3D Graphics Programming
  • Applied Maths and Physics
  • Game Development Group Project
  • Game Engine Architecture
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Server-side Web Development

Credit Level 5

Sandwich placement year

You can choose to take a year-long placement between Years 2 and 3 to work in the game and creative industries. This gives you the opportunity to practice and enhance the skills you have learnt, and develop a better understanding of the needs of the industry and professional practices, as well as gaining work experience which is invaluable for your final year of study and long-term career prospects.

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Interactive Media Development
  • Advanced Maths and Game AI
  • Advanced Server-side Web Programming
  • Concurrent Programming
  • Final Year Project
  • Game Development Group Project
  • Networked Games & Security

Credit Level 6

Course Leaders

Mark Baldwin

Principal Lecturer

Mark has worked as a research engineer for the Eurocontrol air safety and navigation organisation for Europe. 

His research and development work included development of software for real-time tracking of air traffic over the north Atlantic using satellite automatic dependent surveillance. 

Other projects Mark has worked on included the development of algorithms for aircraft tracking from limited satellite data and statistical modelling of the ADS data flow.

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Markos Mentzelopoulos

Senior Lecturer - Course Leader for the BSc Computer Games Development

Mr Markos Mentzelopoulos received his BEng in Electronics Systems Engineering (2000) and MSc in Broadband and Mobile Communication Networks degree (2002) from the University of KENT at Canterbury.  He has been a Senior Lecturer in the Computer Science Department at the Faculty of Science and Technology since August 2002. His research interests include:  content based sports video analysis and retrieval, semantic event detection, statistical methods and pattern recognition techniques for classification and modelling, tracking and recognition, man-machine interfaces, and serious games design. Markos has published articles in conferences and journals and served as a program committee member in several international conferences within the multimedia and neural network scientific community such as IJCNN, ACM, ACVR etc. He has also industrial experience as Program Analyst and Developer with Glaxo Smith Kline (G.S.K -2006).

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Markos-Mentzelopoulos

Markos has published articles in conferences and Journals and served as a program committee member in several international conferences within the multimedia and neural network scientific community.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

  • GCE (A2): DDE/CC
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: MM
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (QCF): MPP
  • Access to HE Diploma : Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a combination of Distinctions, Merits and Passes that equate to 64 new UCAS tariff points plus Maths and English GCSEs grade C
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): 24 points and Grade 5 or above in either A1 or A2 level (SL or HL) English OR Grade 6 or above in B (HL)
  • Plus Maths & English GCSEs grade C

Functional Skills accepted in lieu of GCSE English/Mathematics

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Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points (minimum)

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International Foundation course

We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation Certificate courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelor’s degree entry requirements.

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Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

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Careers

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In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
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  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

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Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Additional costs

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International tuition fee: (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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International student funding

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Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

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