Developers/programmers are the main component to all video games production; as they create the code that makes the game function. This course is designed for anyone with little or no experience of developing. The course starts with learning the basics of game development right through to 3D programming.

The course has been created by the games industry for the games industry. They give the student a blend of both technical teaching and learning infrastructure that is relevant.

The course is a mixture of home-based learning and the use of a remote intranet system that allows you to interact with lectures, course tutors and fellow students. You will need a basic computing knowledge, but most importantly you need a passion and commitment towards games development.

From the start you will be learning and using the gaming programming language of C++, which is the universal game-making tool with writing code. The next stage for you will be to learn to write some basic gaming programs that will follow with learning 2D and finishing on 3D programming. At the end of the course you will have a good knowledge of video games development and you will have working examples of your work to show prospective developer companies at your interview.


  • Games Developers create the code that forms the core of all games.
  • A Games Developer develops the backbone of the game with a team of lead programmers who implement the game's starting codebase.
  • Developers can be involved with several different areas of game development such as producing the game engine, implementation of the game's rules and features known as game play, creating the AI such as planning, scripting and rule-based decisions.
  • Other areas include sound integration, networking components for multiplayer games, user interface production such as game options, and input processing for external hardware such as keyboards and joysticks.

Games Developer Salary and Conditions

  • Starting salary of £18,000-£25,000, with a typical salary at senior level with several years of experience of between £35,000 up to £70,000 (salary depends on company type, size and location of employer).
  • Some companies offer bonuses or a profit-sharing scheme.
  • Working hours are usually flexible, with many developers starting later than 9am. However, working hours are generally long and developers often work a 40-hour week or more.
  • In order to try to meet games completion deadlines, games development teams may need to work a 60 to 80-hour week, including work over the weekends.
  • The role is typically office, studio or production house based, although there are some freelancers working from home.
  • Developers tend to work in a team environment. In order to meet the complex nature of contemporary games, the size of teams can reach almost 200 individuals. It is not uncommon for groups and individual team members to be located remotely, both in the UK and other parts of the world.

*(Source – Prospects.ac.uk) (2010)

Below are some of the modules that you can expect to be covered in the course:

  • Game Programming
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • Visual Studio Express
  • C++ Language including syntax, variables, initialisation, arrays and numeric & string types. Other programming areas such as structures & unions, loops, functions, arguments and many more 2D Maths Coordinate Systems
  • 2D Limitations
  • Libraries
  • Image Formats, Compressions and Sprite
  • Direct X
  • Hardware Abstraction Layer
  • 3D Programming
  • Creating a UI
  • Debugging

And much more....

Q: When do the courses start?

There is a constant enrolment process - new courses are starting all the time and you may enrol at a time to suit you.

Q: Who will teach & instruct me?

Qualified & Experienced Course Tutors.

Q: What qualifications do I need to start studying the different courses?

A Course Advisor will initially assess each individual's ability and recommend which course is best suited.

Q: If I fail an exam?

Exam modules can be re-taken.

Q: What is the cost?

Courses start from as little as £15 per week. Subject to status, there are easy payment options that are interest free and allow you to repay your course fees over 24 or 36 months.


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Why Us ?

There has never been a better time to join the video games industry. It is now worth over £36bn globally per year - which is a bigger industry than both the movie and music business.

With the arrival of digital distribution, games now have a global opportunity via mobile, PC, tables and desktops. Five years ago it would taken a huge marketing budget and a team of 200 to bring a game to PlayStation or Xbox, but now it is also possible for a small team or even one programmer to launch a game and for it to become popular all over the world....



  • Since getting my diploma I got employment straight away.

  • My course is supported by the games industry that gave me the confidence to choose the course

  • The course gave me an awesome portfolio that got me the interview and then the job – thank you




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