Birmingham City University

Computer Games Technology Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Do you want to have a successful career in the computer games industry? Our BSc (Hons) / MSci Computer Games Technology course has been developed with input and feedback from leading professionals as well as our own students.

While studying your computer games degree, you will use our state-of-the-art computer games technology lab, which is kitted with high-performance PCs, Sony PlayStation development kits, as well as a variety of industry standard software.

Our collaborations with Microsoft and Sony, and state-of-the-art technology will help you develop the skills you need to be successful in the games industry and beyond.

What's covered in the course?

On the course, you will learn a range of technical and professional skills, including understanding fundamentals and advanced coding practices, graphics programming, network communications and artificial intelligence. You will work independently and in teams, as well as develop strong written and oral communication skills.

The course philosophy highlights the importance of going beyond your studies – therefore, we encourage you to participate in many extracurricular activities. As we are located in the heart of Birmingham city centre, we are close to many independent game studios, who host events throughout the year. We also regularly participate in international game development competitions such as Global Game Jam and Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, all of which give you the opportunity to showcase your talent on a wider stage, and network with others in the industry.

You will not only learn about mainstream and traditional video game development, but also explore allied and emerging disciplines such as serious and educational game development, augmented and virtual reality, as well as simulations.

Studying computing with us puts you at the heart of an exciting, innovative community. Part of your first-year assessment will involve taking part in our annual Innovation Fest, where students get together to solve society’s problems with creative technology. Previous projects have included medical assistance drones, accessible gaming controllers, and smart housing solutions. The event brings together students, academics and industry guests, so it’s a great way to have fun, build experience and network, and win prizes!

Upon graduation, you could progress into a range of careers in the game industry, for example game or graphics programmer, tools programmer or QA tester in either larger companies or independent studios. You will also have the skills to enable you to work in allied disciplines such as a serious or educational game developer. Alternatively, you could work in more traditional computing or software engineering roles, start your own company or progress into further education.

Why Choose Us?

  • The School of Computing and Digital Technology has a range of state-of-the-art computing facilities, including a dedicated computer games development lab. This houses high specification game development PCs, Sony PlayStation Dev Kits and a range of industry standard software.

  • We have strong ties with the games industry including Microsoft, Sony and many local independent studios.

  • We have an established research reputation in the application of computer games technology to healthcare and medicine. We actively encourage our students to collaborate and explore how computer games can be used to solve problems in other fields and disciplines.

  • By exposing you to current industry standard technologies and encouraging the development of your practical computer programming skills, we make you more employable across a range of computing disciplines.

  • The course encourages you to engage with industry, allowing a number of flexible paths to gaining work experience, including work-based learning modules, taking a placement year and working on your own commercial products within the University.

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC Must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 60 credits, 45 of which should be at Level 3. including 12 Techical credits merit or distinction.
Must be from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subjects
Knowledge of Computer Programming for BSc(Hons) Computer Games Technology and BSc(Hons) Forensic Computing
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (BBCCC) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).  
Must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing
AS AA - EE must be offered in conjunction with the A level in either Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing or equivalent
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal must be offered in conjunction with the A level in either Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing or equivalent
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
Extended Project Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE grade 4 Must include Mathematics, English Language
Must have been achieved or working towards at the point of application
Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade 4. Must have been achieved or working towards at the point of application
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2
Key Skills level 2 - Application of Numbers and Communication
HNC (BTEC) P Pass and complete with an average 50% in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
May be considered for advanced entry on to the second year of the degree subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of Level 4. A transcript will be required.
Need experience in Computer Programming for BSc(Hons) Computer Games Technology and BSc(Hons) Forensic Computing
HND (BTEC) P For Year 1 entry pass the HND with 2 merits. Overall grade is a PASS. For Year 2 pass the HND with an overall grade of at least a MERIT from second year subjects in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
May be considered for advanced entry on to the third year of the degree subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of Levels 4 and 5. A transcript will be required. This rarely happens.
Need experience in Computer Programming for BSc(Hons) Computer Games Technology and BSc(Hons) Forensic Computing
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points points overall with a minimum of Grade 5 in Mathematics (Higher Level) and pass one of the following subjects from Group 4 at Higher Level (Computer Science, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics). Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points. Obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.
Students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above Grade 5 or above in Mathematics at Standard Level will be accepted in lieu of this from the IB Diploma.

Students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. Maths must be at Higher Level. Must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Only in combination with other qualifications
Can be combined with two A levels, a BTEC Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D* Can be combined with one A level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, or two AS levels to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Not including Early Years
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D* Can be combined with one A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Not including Early Years
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
Must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Birmingham City University
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B5 5JU


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