Game Development at New College Swindon University Centre - UCAS

Course summary

The purpose of this course is to develop students as independent, professional, self-reflecting individuals, able to meet the demands of employers in the creative industries and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. Throughout this course you will combine theoretical and practical assignments to create your own game designs and animation artefacts. You will learn the processes involved in creating games as well as studying how the games design industry works, by looking at key players in this exciting industry, through both AAA games companies and emerging indie games developers. You will get the chance to pitch your own ideas and create your own artefacts as portfolio pieces to use as a strong foundation for entry onto BA/BSc (Hons) in Game Design/Development or further career opportunities through your learnt transferable skills into employment within the games industry or creative industry sectors. Studying this course will give you the creative and technical skills needed to pursue a career in this diverse industry. There is increasing competition for jobs, as companies look for individuals who have the up-to-date skills and knowledge in working with the latest technologies and processes. The course uses a range of software including Unity 3D, Unreal Engine, Maya, Blender, Substance and Photoshop. This course is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to pursue a media-based career across a range of industries. The skills learnt on this course are transferable into any of the traditional Games Industries, VFX, film and TV industries where you could be working for an agency, private organisation, freelancer or as an Indie Games Developer from your own workspace. Course/career progression On successful completion of the Level 5 HND, students can develop their careers in the sector through:

  • Progressing to our BSc Computer Science top up in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire
  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing development
  • Linking with appropriate professional body
  • Committing to Continuing Prefessional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to University (BA Top Up)
Example job roles: Assistant Games Producer; Marketing Executive in Games; Gameplay Designer; Level Designer; User Experience (UX) Designer; Games Writer; 3D Modelling Artist; Environment Artist for Games; Texturing Artist; Animator for Games; Visual Effects (VFX) artist; Generalist Games Programmer


Units below are subject to change depending on industry requirements. Year 1 HNC Individual Project Creative Media Industry Professional Practice Games Development Practices Games in Context Game Design Principles of Animation Principles of User Experience & User Interface Design Year 2 HND Collaborative Project Personal Professional Development Advanced Game Development Advanced Rendering & Visualisation Emerging Technologies Narrative Environment & Level Design

Assessment method

Students are required to apply their knowledge to a variety of assignments and activities, with a focus on the holistic development of practical, interpersonal and higher level thinking skills. Assessment reflects not only what the student knows but also what he or she can do to succeed in employment and higher education in an ethical manner. For many units, the practical demonstration of skills is necessary, and for others, students will need to carry out their own research and analysis, working independently or as part of a team.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

New College Swindon is unable to accept international students that require a student visa to study in the UK

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants should also have a minimum of 3 GCSE's at 9-4 inc English Language and Maths or the International equivalent. Mature applicants without formal qualifications, but with evidence of sufficient, relevant industry experience will be considered

Additional entry requirements


The interview will cover the course aims and what creative and practical intentions you wish to gain by studying with us.


Portfolio of work (either digital or printed)

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5No less than 5.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7250 Year 1
Scotland £7250 Year 1
Wales £7250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students. *Fee information for European Union (EU) students: If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria: you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue
Game Development at New College Swindon University Centre - UCAS