Game programmer apprenticeship

Programme reliable and efficient software

Working within the games and interactive entertainment industries, during the game programmer apprenticeship you’ll create software designed for entertainment, developing games for games consoles, desktop computers, mobile devices, websites and TVs. You will need to complete a core option within this apprenticeship and one option from game software programmer or game technology programmer. Technical systems you could find yourself working on could include; gameplay mechanics, for example programming a system of different attack moves and their effect on enemies; asset pipelines, engineering tools that process geometry data in order to support a character customisation; or custom technologies, for example new graphics for displaying realistic-looking dragon scales. In your daily work, you’ll interact with a diverse creative community of developers, providing technical insight and leadership to a range of creative disciplines. You’ll need to research new technologies and how to apply them, maintaining standards across the organisation and its clients.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: ICT, art

Entry requirements for the game programmer apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 7 (Higher)—equivalent to a master’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £32,000 per annum

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