Kingston University
Computer Games Programming (with Foundation Year) BSc (Hons)
Kingston University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Reasons to choose Kingston

  • Kingston University is No.2 in London for Computing and Information Systems (Guardian League Table 2021).–

  • Kingston University is an educational partner of Sony through PlayStation First. You’ll have the opportunity to develop games for the PlayStation 4.–

  • In our inKUbator, you can learn directly from the industry. Speakers have been from Sony, Splash Damage, Aardvark Swift, Interactive Selection, CryTek and Unity.

About this course

Are you considering the many opportunities offered by the growing games industry? This course offers you specialist skills for a career in this dynamic field. You’ll graduate with a portfolio that showcases your work, ready to impress potential employers.

You’ll learn C++ and C# programming languages, use game engines, such as Unity and Unreal, and develop games for PC, mobile, tablet and the Sony PlayStation 4. Studies include the use of artificial intelligence in realtime strategy, race and first person games as well as educational games. You’ll also learn the computer science that underpins programming, such as requirements analysis and design and network communications.

You’ll be able to participate in Game Jams, working in a team over a 24-hour period to create games and attend optional trips (such as the PC Gamer Weekender).

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 10 graduates of Computer Games Programming (with Foundation Year) BSc (Hons) at Kingston University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Programming.

Overall student satisfaction
67 /100
10 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of Programming

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21726 £18599 £23105
25-75 percentile range £17815 - £24795 £13189 - £23829 £17018 - £30132

We use a studio based environment for our teaching comprising student led taught elements with practical workshops, tutorials and seminars and most teaching sessions take place in our dedicated games lab. Each module has four hours of directed learning per week. The lectures are supported by in-class activities and interactive taught elements to underpin our active learning approach to game development. Workshop sessions are based on and are reinforced by a problem-centred approach to learning. Students work both individually and in groups to develop their skills, facilitated by the lecturer. Group work is undertaken using an Agile approach as in the games industry. Teaching resources, such as video materials, presentations, links to ebooks and worksheets are provided on the University's web-based virtual learning environment. Assessment includes coursework and practical/written exams with a focus on learning through making and the development of artefacts. In-class assessed workshop activities support the problem-centric approach of learning and are used to provide individual, timely oral and written feedback and which helps prepare students for the assignments. Each assessment contributes to the students' portfolio which leads to a showcase of work to show potential employers in the both the games and computing industries.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS points from 2 A-levels subjects. General studies not accepted

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Any subject considered.

A pass in any HNC will be considered

A pass in any HND will be considered

Any subject considered

An AS in any qualification not continued into A2 will be considered

A pass in any Access Course would be deemed suitable for entry onto this programme.

Any subject considered

Any subject considered

Any subject considered.

Will be considered alongside any qualification totalling 32 UCAS points.

Any subject considered

Any subject considered.

Any subject considered

Any subject considered

T Levels T Levels are an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other further education courses. T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher education and/or apprenticeships. Students who study T Level spend 80% of the course in the classroom, learning the skills that employers need. The other 20% is a meaningful industry placement, where they put these skills into action. T Levels are the equivalent to three A levels and we recognise the UCAS tariff points they attract in line with other qualifications that aid progression to higher education.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.0
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
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Tuition Fees Computer Games Programming (with Foundation Year) BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

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Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

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About Kingston University

Founded in 1899, Kingston University is located in the suburban town of Kingston upon Thames, London. The university’s four campuses can be found in and around the town centre, with a free shuttle bus helping students to get there. This university offers what they call Flexi-stay accommodation, which allows students to book rooms in their residence halls for periods in which they expect to be studying exceptionally hard.

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