If you have a desire to delve into the depths of computer games and investigate how they work, then this is the ideal course for you. You will need an interest in and flair for programing, maths, and solving complex problems. You should enjoy playing a variety of computer games and you may even have designed a few games of your own. You will need great communication and team working skills and the determination to persevere until something works.

The computer games industry is a target area for growth and needs intelligent, hardworking and innovative people to drive the future of gaming in Scotland. This course could be your first step towards fulfilling your ambitions.

At the end of this course, providing you meet the articulation requirements, you may be able to progress into year 2 or 3 of a BSc (Hons) degree at one of our many partner Universities.


  • Software development
  • Program design
  • Games design
  • Maths
  • Character design
  • Team-working
  • Problem solving
  • Project management
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Animation
  • 3D Modelling & 3D Level Editing
  • Games engines.
  • Two years full-time
  • Computer games design and development
  • Games Programing
  • History and evolution of games
  • 2D animation
  • 3D level editing and scripting
  • 3D modelling and animation
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Character creation and storytelling
  • Mathematics for computing
  • Problem solving, team working, and project management

You should have successfully completed a pre-course assessment and possess one of the following:

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above, preferably Maths and Computer Science, plus four National 5s at
  • Grade B or above, one of which must be Maths
  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Information Technology: Software Development SCQF Level 6 plus National 5 Maths at Grade B or above
  • National Certificate: Computer Games Development plus National 5 Maths at SCQF Grade A or B
  • National Certificate: Computing with Digital Media SCQF Level 6 plus National 5 Maths at Grade A or B
  • Fife College has defined articulation routes in place for this course
  • A variety of degree courses in computer games development are available at Abertay University, University of the West Scotland, and Glasgow Caledonian University
  • A variety of degree courses in software development are available at a range of universities in Scotland
  • Please note: to progress to years 2 or 3 of a university course, you MUST have Higher Maths at Grade A or B. This may be included as an addition to this HND course

After further study:

  • Level designer
  • Games programer
  • Games producer
  • Games designer
  • Games tester
  • Software developer
  • Programer
  • Flash drive/memory stick
  • Course books may be required
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • In the case of Fife school leavers, the College will request a Transition Form from the school