HND Computer Games Development


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Pontypridd (Campus code - A )



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Entry Requirements

UCAS tariff: Overall points 120, plus 3 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Mathematics and English Language.


This new HND Computer Games Development course, allows you to turn your love of gaming into your dream career.

About HND Computer Games Development

Essential Information

If you love gaming, you will know how fast the industry is developing and expanding, with thousands of people all over the world waiting to get their hands on new releases. As a result, the computer games industry is a rapidly-expanding area that offers many opportunities. On the new HND Computer Games Development course, you can turn your love of gaming into your dream career.

This HND in Computer Games Development will prepare you for a career in software engineering, with a particular emphasis on programming for computer games development. So, rather than playing games all day, you will discover how to create them. You will learn essential programming skills, such as coding from a brief, team working and understanding computer hardware. You will get to improve on your favourite games, as well as design and build your own.

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This undergraduate computing leaflet provides an overview of information that applicants will find useful when making the decision to apply.

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What you will study

The HND in Computer Games Development focuses on the technical aspects of game development, specifically programming, rather than the artistic side. In the first year you will study simple game programming along with maths, game design and game modding. In game modding you will have experience of 3D modelling in 3DS Max. In the second year you will do C++ programming (the industry standard language), web game development, further programming, and a project.

Year One
  • Computer Systems & Networking Concepts
  • Game Modification & Scripting
  • Information Systems Analysis and Design 1
  • Professional and Business Skills
  • Problem Solving for Computing
  • Games Programming
Year Two
  • HND Individual Project
  • Systems Architecture*
  • Web Game Development
  • Information Systems Analysis and Design 2
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • C++ Programming


  • Rich Internet Application Development
  • Computer Programming
  • 10 credits
    The above information is a sample module description for illustrative purposes. Modules and module content may change from time to time.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for HND Computer Games Development

Learning and Teaching methods

You will spend 16 hours each week in lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. You will also spend four hours per week, per module, on coursework, general reading and other preparation.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes examinations, coursework and problem-based exercises taught using real-life scenarios.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for HND Computer Games Development


There has been a huge growth in the games development industry, so if you have the right skills and the right experience, there are more employment opportunities than ever before. There is a demand from industry and commerce for highly-trained and motivated software engineers, but you will also gain skills that are useful in other software careers.

Additional Information for HND Computer Games Development

Further Reading:

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Student Profiles

Alex Bainbridge HND Computer Games Development