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Computer Games Programming

BSc (Hons)
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Park, Cheltenham

Course overview

From day one of this exciting course, you’ll be crafting your own games using Unity and Unreal and gaining hands-on experience that sets you on the path to becoming a versatile games programmer.

The course is designed by industry professionals and accredited by TIGA, ensuring you get the real-world skills you need. You’ll be empowered to bring your game ideas to life, collaborating with fellow programmers, artists, and designers.

Whether you’re exploring gameplay systems, mastering rendering pipelines, diving into virtual reality, tinkering with artificial intelligence or procedural content generation, this course is your passport to unleashing your creativity and building the games you’ve always dreamed of.

Get ready for epic group projects where you’ll team up with Games Art and Games Design students to create complete gaming experiences. Let the gaming adventure begin.

As part of our commitment to providing you with the best tools and experiences, we’re proud to be a member of the PlayStation First Academic Programme. This means you get access to the latest Sony PlayStation development tools, giving you hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology for PlayStation and PlayStationVR platforms.

You can apply to study this course on campus at the University of Gloucestershire, or at the Swindon Institute of Techology (SAWIOT).

As part of this course, you’ll have the chance to take your skills to the next level with a year-long work placement within the games industry. You’ll be immersed in the fast-paced and dynamic environment of top game studios.

Games Programming students have previously landed exciting placements with industry leaders like Unity, Sumo Digital, Team17, TT Odyssey, and Neon Play.

It provides an opportunity to turn your passion for games into a real-world career, gaining invaluable experience and building connections that will set you apart in the competitive world of game development.

This course is available to study with an integrated foundation year – an extra, introductory year at the beginning of the full degree. If you don’t meet the stated entry requirements or you’re returning to education, it could be a great option that enables you to study this course.

As well as an introduction to your subject, it will help you to develop valuable study skills, and communication, teamwork and problem-solving techniques, giving you the confidence and skills set you need to progress.

If you’re applying to study as an international student, an integrated foundation year can also support you to improve your English language skills alongside your studies.

To apply for this course with an integrated foundation year, select the ‘With foundation year’ study type from the options at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

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Entry requirements

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    • 96 UCAS tariff points, CCC at A levels, MMM at BTEC or a Pass (C and above) in your T-Level.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • This course is available with an additional integrated foundation year. This four year option has lower entry requirements – see below – than the other study type/s available.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

      To apply for the integrated foundation year degree, select the ‘With foundation year’ option from the study types listed at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

      See course overview for more information about the interated foundation year option.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham Variable* Variable*
Sep 2025 Park, Cheltenham Variable* Variable*
Sep 2026 Park, Cheltenham Variable* Variable*

*The fee for this course and study option will vary depending on which modules are taken during each year of study. View our current fees

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

95% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

Discover our promises


UoG’s Computer Games Programming course offers a unique pathway to exciting careers in the gaming industry. As a graduate, you’ll be equipped for roles such as Games Programmer, Mobile Applications Developer, and Software Engineer. Our course is distinguished by its strong industry connections, providing you with invaluable insights and networking opportunities.

You’ll benefit from guest speakers from leading games studios like Rebellion, Microsoft Rare, Codemasters, and Slightly Mad Studios. Additionally, field trips to industry events such as Reboot Develop in Dubrovnik, EGX & EGX Rezzed in London, Comic Con London, and Digital Bristol, where you can network with industry professionals.

With close industry links to the UK games development community you will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers and to showcase your work to talent from the UK games industry.

Visit national and international games events

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in field trips to destinations like Reboot Develop in Dubrovnik, Everything Procedural Conference in Breda NL, vEGX & EGX Rezzed in London and Digital Bristol.

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Showcase your work at COMX

UoG’s annual COMX exhibition celebrates the creative, innovative and technical talents of the future generation of computer games programmers. You’ll showcase your technical, aesthetic and project management skills in games programming to employers and build connections in the billion-pound industry.

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Trips and experiences

You’ll have opportunities throughout your course to showcase your work to industry professionals – as well as participating in Games Jams, challenging yourself to create a game in 48 hours. You’ll be able to showcase your final year project at our own COMX event, a university exhibition sponsored by the Institute of Engineering (IES).

You’ll also have chances to visit national and international games events.


  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

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