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Games Software Engineering (with Foundation Year option), BSc (Hons)

Bournemouth University (BU), the United Kingdom

Bournemouth University (BU)

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
BSc (Hons)Full-time3 - 4 yearsSeptemberGBP 9250 per yearGBP 17595 per year

About Games Software Engineering (with Foundation Year option), BSc (Hons) - at Bournemouth University (BU)

Why study BSc (Hons) Games Software Engineering (with Foundation Year option) at BU?:

  • Strong focus on specialist units to give you a broad range of software engineering skills that can be put to good use in the context of games programming. 
  • Educated by professional practitioners, expert academics and interesting guest lecturers 
  • Taught in dedicated facilities, using the latest industry-standard software for developing games. 
  • Opportunity to put your learning into practice by taking a 4-week work placement (as part of the 3-year course) or a 30-week placement (as part of the 4-year course). 
  • We have regular contact with games developers across the UK and overseas, including Unity, Jagex, King, Sports Interactive, Creative Assembly, Climax Studios, and others.  
  • Regular guest lectures from some of the leading names in the industry. 

Apply programming techniques to modern games creation, whilst developing your knowledge of artificial intelligence, physics, game engines and graphics programming. 

Foundation Year Options

We have two Foundation Year options for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the creative skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the full degree.

  • Technology Foundation Year - providing you with core skills within computing, engineering and programming (UCAS code I609)
  • Creative Industries Foundation Year - a creative route that will provide you with core skills within design and visual media (UCAS code I611)

Course accreditations

BU is a member of The Independent Games Developers’ Association (TIGA), and our Games courses have been nominated by TIGA for Best Educational Institution. 

Notes about fees for this course

September 2024 entry: 

  • £9,250  per year (UK, ROI & CI)
  • £18,800 per year (Int'l) 
  • Foundation Year: £9,250 (UK, ROI & CI) £18,800 per year (Int'l) 
  • Placement year: £1,850

For fees and funding information, please visit www.bournemouth.ac.uk/ug-funding

Entry requirements

For September 2024 and September 2025 entry: The entry requirements for this course are 120 - 128 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM. We will consider all subjects but not accept General Studies (unless accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent in appropriate subjects). 

Foundation Level: 48-72 UCAS tariff points (and for Technology Foundation year GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4)

For September 2024 and September 2025 entry:

  • Chinese Senior High School Graduation Certificate (Huikao) average 80%, or Gaokao 71-76%. Grade depends on the course
  • France: Baccalaureate with 12.5–13 overall or 11.5-12 (international option)
  • Hong Kong HKDSE Diploma (4,4,4 from three subjects). Grade depends on the course
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Standard XII) 70-75%
  • Spain: Titulo de Bachillerato with 7 to 7.5. Grade depends on course
  • Turkey: Devlet Lise Diplomasi/Lise Bitirme Diplomasi 3.5/5.0 or 70% to 4.0/5.0 or 80% 

For September 2024 and September 2025 entry: If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components, or equivalent.

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