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Computer games developer

Computer game developers create video games for phones, tablets, PCs and consoles.

Annual Salary

£25,000 to £70,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

30 to 40 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; occasionally

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Computer games developer jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

In your day-to-day tasks you could:

  • work in a team with designers and artists
  • decide what a game will look like and how it can be played
  • develop your own ideas or work from an existing idea
  • create concept art, drawings or storyboards at the planning stage
  • create code to programme the game
  • test and debug code
  • use computer modelling and animation software to make characters and scenes
  • add sound effects

Working environment

You could work in a creative studio or in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
University

You could do a foundation degree or degree in:

  • computer games technology
  • computer games development
  • computer science
  • interactive media
  • mathematics

If you'd like a job that includes game design as well as programming, you could do a foundation degree or degree in a subject like animation or graphic design.

You may have an advantage when you look for work if you do a degree that includes a work placement.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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College

You could do a college course before a higher level qualification. It might help you to get a trainee position with a company.

Courses you could take include:

  • A level in Computing
  • T Level in Digital Production, Design and Development
  • Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production Games Development

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and computing
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national certificate or higher national diploma
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Apprenticeship

You could do one of the following apprenticeships to get started in this role:

  • software developer higher apprenticeship
  • junior 2D artist higher apprenticeship
  • junior vfx artist higher apprenticeship
  • game programmer degree apprenticeship

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Work

You could start as a games tester if you play a lot of games.

You'll usually need an IT qualification or some relevant work experience. Employers will be interested in your talent and creativity.

You may also find it helps to have A levels or a diploma in relevant subjects like computing or media production.

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Career tips

You can create a portfolio of work or online demo to highlight your skills to potential employers.

You can get information on how to start creating your own games from Into Games.

Further information

You can get more advice about working in games development from ScreenSkills and Into Games.

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With experience you could become a senior developer, producer or technical director.

You could increase your income a lot if you develop a successful game on your own.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to write computer code
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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