Games Development

Students will develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the Digital Technologies- Games Programming at Level 5 through three core units (mandatory) and six further optional units at Level 5. The units are:

Core Units:

  • Business Intelligence
  • Internet of Things
  • Emerging Technologies

    Optional units:
  • Data Structures & Algorithms
  • Advanced Programming
  • Application Development
  • Application Program Interfaces
  • Environment & Level Design

    You will be exposed to a variety of industry-standard platforms and technologies – including virtual, augmented, mixed and extended reality – but will always focus on your own personal and professional interest.
    You’ll evolve how you think, make decisions, and develop ideas, to ultimately code games that give users an exceptional experience.
  • Entry requirements

    Satisfactory completion of Level 4 Higher National Certificate in relevant computing-related subjects with a good attendance and an excellent College report. External applicants will be considered subject to matching of HNC units and satisfactory references. All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent. Mature students with appropriate related industry experience are encouraged to apply.

  • Who is the course for?

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Digital Technologies- Games Programming is designed in such a way as to provide students with all the knowledge and skills required to have a successful career in the Computer Games Industry. You will study computer science with a strong emphasis on the practical programming skills needed for games development. This knowledge prepares you for long-term employability and success as a computer programmer of any kind, but applies in particular to the breadth and complexity of computer games development. At the end of your course, you will be able to create the outline design specification for a computer game of your own design, and to implement a game using industry-standard techniques. On this programme you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit.

  • Study methods

    This course is classroom taught through 15 hours per week over 3 days, with a range of lectures, group work, presentations and workshops. Students are expected to complete approximately 15 hours per week of independent study (i.e. on research, Additional practice on practical skills and completing assignments).

  • How is the course assessed?

    Assessment is through a series of assignments and projects (individual and group based) which makes a 100% of the grade. The grades in each subject unit are shown as:

    • pass
    • merit
    • distinction
  • More information

    Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on

    • Assessment and grading
    • College rules and resources
    • Student support and representation.

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  • Where Next – Job Opportunities

    The Games and TV/Film industries are a constantly expanding environment, with job roles developing to cover a broader range of skills and technologies. With jobs in areas such as; animation visualisation, level design, game design, game development, 3D modelling, 3D animation and character design. A Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Digital Technologies – Games Programming will prepare you for a career in games design and games programming, but also in broader roles such as a software developer or UX analyst, and in roles managing technology to support a range of public and private sector organisations.
    In addition, the skills you learn on this degree are highly valued by a range of employers and opportunities may exist in areas such as project management, scientific research, education and many more.

  • Where Next – Further Studies

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Digital Technologies – Games Programming provides a solid grounding in Digital Technologies at Level 5, and is designed in such a way as to provide students with all the knowledge and skills required to have a successful career in the Computer Games industry.

    The BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Digital Technologies-Games Programming is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant computing-related courses. Details of entry requirements for BTEC Higher National graduates into degree programmes at institutions in the UK can be found on

  • Fees

    Home Fees: £5,869
    Overseas Fees: £7910

    The fees quoted are for students for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration.

    Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Uxbridge College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government.

    Please click here for information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at Uxbridge College. This information is only a summary.

    If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College or please click here to complete the Fees Assessment Questionnaire and return it to the address given on the form. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students.

  • How to apply

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    Student Records/Admissions, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ.

    When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

Course starting Oct 2022

Starts 3 October 2022

Duration 32 Week(s)

Location Uxbridge Campus

Days/Time Monday-Friday
09:00 - 17:00