Games Technology (with foundation year) at Coventry University - UCAS

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Course summary

The foundation year of this Coventry University degree will be delivered from our CU Coventry campus. Course delivery from year 1 of the degree onwards will be from Coventry University campus. This course aims to provide you with a solid grounding for a career in the games industry. The foundation year aims to provide you with a solid grounding in mathematical principles and an understanding of the core technology associated with the use and application of computer systems. Professional and academic skills are integrated across all modules, including information finding and handling, problem solving, and the communication of outcomes. Students who successfully complete their foundation year will then progress onto the Games Technology BSc (Hons) degree within Coventry University’s School of Computing, Mathematics and Data Science. The degree is a highly-focused software engineering course with a long history of training specialist programmers and developers for the video games industry world-wide. It doesn’t only teach you how to use game engines – it teaches you the programming and scientific skills necessary to extend commercial engines and develop your own from scratch. Key benefits of the degree

  • Helps you understand the engineering and technology which underpins digital artwork and real-time rendered animations
  • Supports you to master advanced techniques to leverage and extend industry-standard engines in the creation of immersive, interactive experiences
  • Allows you to develop your own game engine systems, from graphics renderers to physics libraries, using high-performance programming techniques
  • Contains content which reacts dynamically to reflect the complexities of this modern and increasingly interconnected sector
  • Aims to empower you with the fundamental capabilities needed to pursue independent game development, as well as giving you the opportunity to gain professional tools and wider contextual understanding of game engineering upon successful completion, to succeed in larger studios
  • Enables you to develop your own games and game technologies in our dedicated Game Development Laboratories
  • Gives opportunities to explore emerging technologies with virtual and augmented reality hardware
  • Provides experience with console and cross-platform development
See our website for further details.


Foundation Year Modules

  • Fundamental Pure Mathematics
  • Fundamental Applied Mathematics
  • Data Visualisation
  • Software and Databases
On successfully passing your foundation year you will progress to year 1 of the degree. On year one of your degree course, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of game development. You’ll learn to program in two languages, explore the mathematical principles which underpin good programming, and become familiar with two popular commercial engines. In addition, you’ll explore game design and computer system architecture, to give you a solid grounding in all areas of games programming. Year One Modules
  • Introduction to Games Programming
  • Mathematical Skills for Computing Professionals
  • Computer Systems
  • Object-Oriented Programming for Game Development
  • Working with Data
  • Responsible Game Design
Year Two In your second year you’ll learn about computer graphics, real-time physics, and artificial intelligence. In addition, you’ll become familiar with the fundamentals of professional software engineering and the creation and optimisation of game assets. Year Two Modules
  • On-Screen! Graphics Programming for Game Development
  • Digital Reality: Emerging Technologies in Game Development
  • Playing TAG: Technical Art for Games
  • #Defining Gravity: High-Performance Physics Simulation
  • Game Dev Tycoon: Professional Game Development
  • Smoke and Mirrors: AI for Game Development
Placement Year There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement* can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future. If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee* of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement. Final Year At this stage in your studies, you understand the fundamentals of game engineering and the technology which goes into game engines. Much of the academic focus this year is on advanced applications – be that addressing security vulnerabilities in an online game or improving a team’s performance by developing useful software tools which improve productivity. Success in this year ensures you graduate as a well-rounded, highly skilled game developer suited to a majority of technical and programming roles. Final Year Modules
  • Fantastic Exploits and Where to Find Them: Security in Netgames
  • Advanced Technical Art for Games
  • Tool Time: Understanding Commercial Game Engines
  • RISC/Reward: Mobile Game Development
  • Games Technology Research Project
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated. Before accepting any offers, please check the website for the most up to date course content*. *For full module details please check the course page on the Coventry University website.

Assessment method

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods may include: Formal examinations Phase tests Essays Group work Presentations Reports Projects Coursework Exams Individual Assignments The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Professional bodies

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  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7950 Year 1
Scotland £7950 Year 1
Wales £7950 Year 1
Channel Islands £7950 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7950 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note: UK (home) tuition fees for the degree years will be charged at the current Coventry University UK (home) degree fee level. This was set at £9,250 for the 24/25 academic year. This course with foundation year is not currently available to international students. If you do not meet the entry requirements to directly join year 1 of the degree, please take a look at our International Pathways Programme for additional options.
Games Technology (with foundation year) at Coventry University - UCAS