Studied Software Engineering and Games Development at B&FC • Adult Learner/Career Change (age: 27) / Graduated July 2019
“I was a receptionist at a 24-hour casino but I’ve always been interested in computing and video games. Because I was an older student I didn’t think that you could go back and do that sort of thing. I spoke to the college and they explained the programme language that they use and suggested that I learn it, apply for the course and see how I got on. Blackpool and The Fylde College is very supportive of mature students going back into study. I found it quite easy, perhaps because I really enjoyed what I was doing and I just threw myself into it.”
“I’ve enjoyed all of it and particularly the programming; classes were twice a week but personally I was programming twice every day because I enjoyed it so much. The tutors were the best part of the course and the support from them was absolutely amazing – they’re really there for you. Also, the smaller class sizes meant that you got more of a personal interaction with them. In the first year the class size was 27 but that dropped to below 20 in the second year and was down to 10 in the final year. From my point of view that smaller size was especially good in the final year because you had to do a dissertation. Tutors were able to give you more one-to-one time and one even spent two hours Skyping with me to help me with one part of my dissertation. The Bispham campus is excellent and is well set-up for computing and the library is great. Also there’s plenty of parking there. I would say to new starters to listen to the tutors, do the work, and put everything into your degree.”
My Next Move...“I start a new job just a few weeks after graduating as a software engineer at a Microsoft games studio called Rare and based in Twycroft near Birmingham. My dream job is to be a Games Engine Programmer and I’m straight in there! I’ve realised my dream right away!”
“We had to do a placement in the second year and I did two. The first was for the college and involved a project to programme tutorials. The second was with a local games company called First Impact Games, which is run by a former B&FC student, and that was more relevant to the course and the owner also had a good understanding of what we were doing on the course. I think that the degree and the experience I gained on the course in custom game engineering definitely supported me in getting the job. It’s an excellent degree to have for games development and I could not have got my new job without it.”
"From my point of view the smaller class size was especially good in the final year because you had to do a dissertation. Tutors were able to give you more one-to-one time and one even spent two hours Skyping with me to help me with one part of my dissertation."