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Foundation Degree Games Development

Our foundation degrees, in partnership with the University of Plymouth, are equivalent to studying for the first two years of an honours degree, but unlike traditional degrees, there are no formal entry requirements. Created in collaboration with employers, they combine academic study with developing the skills and attributes needed in the workplace. It makes them ideal preparation for a specific profession or industry or for making progress in your existing career. You can always convert to a full honours degree by taking a top-up course on completion.

This course challenges you to innovate and to apply game technologies to solve real-world problems. You’ll create your own apps, games, and virtual and mixed reality solutions to build your profile as a versatile developer.

The programme provides a solid understanding of the basics in computing hardware and software design essential for games development. Building on that technical platform, it offers an experience of the full development cycle from initial concept through design process and implementation to final project delivery and product release.

Beginning with fundamental concepts in computing, you’ll learn the principles underpinning hardware and software development, before diving straight into web design and development using web languages and frameworks.

An introduction to programming concepts follows, progressing towards an operating systems and networking module that integrates theory with practical experience to understand networking and operating system infrastructure.

You will develop specific games skills in a module on 3D modelling and animation and explore the impact of sound in games production. Building on your development knowledge, you’ll look at mobile app development and user experience, object-oriented programming, and develop specialised games engine programming skills.

During the course you will also work as a group in an agile team-oriented project to develop a solution to a live industry requirement, and learn about emerging technologies, including AI, IoT, and machine learning.

The course is taught within the South West Institute of Technology (SWIoT), a collaboration between Petroc and its higher and further education partners, designed to provide leading edge technical education to promote economic growth, and prosperity to the region.

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Sep 2022 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : HEB011F / G406 (2022)
Level : Level 5
Duration : 2 Years

Cost : * Annual Fee £9250

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A mix of assessment methods includes written and practical assignments, in-course assessments, coursework, research projects, presentations, and formal examinations at the end of each module.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need four GCSEs (or equivalent qualifications) at Grade C/4 or above, including Maths and English at a minimum of Grade C/4.

You’ll require 56 UCAS points for admission onto this course. All applicants will be interviewed, and for mature learners, we will be able to take any related experience or training into consideration.


Some students begin their careers in the IT industry or in computing, but many choose to top up to the BSc (Hons) Games Development Technologies at the University of Plymouth.


Q: What is the pass mark for assignments?

A: There are two grades: Pass and Distinction. The Pass mark for all assignments is 40%. A module mark of 70% will earn you a Distinction. FdSc (Distinction) can be gained with an overall module average of 70% over two years.

Q: What programming languages will I learn?

A: C#, JavaScript, PHP, but more importantly, you will learn underpinning transferable programming skills to build confidence and flexibility.

Q: Can I take a ‘year out’ between the second and third years of study?

A: Yes, we encourage students to try and find an internship and gain industry experience.

Please note: If you are only applying for a degree course at Petroc, you can do so through our website. If you are applying to more than one college or university, then you are required to apply via the UCAS application system

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Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : HEB011F / G406 (2022) North Devon campus Apply

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