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    Hey everyone.

    I'm going to go to uni after college but I can't choose whether to go into video game development or ethical hacking. I love them both equally, but I was wondering which one you guys recommend I choose, and what your reasoning is. Is one course easier to complete than another? Are there more jobs in one area than another? How are salaries? Etc, etc, etc. I still have a bit of time to decide as I'm still in the first year of college. The A levels I will be taking are maths, physics and computer science, with biology at AS.
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    My advice would be to not specialise at this stage. Both ethical hacking and games development are rather specialist and you might be limiting yourself somewhat. We have interviewed a few folks who came from the gaming world and the thing that always plays on our mind is "Why does he want to get out of gaming?"

    If you go for a general Computer Science course, you will cover all the bases for branching out into a career in whatever you fancy. Of course it will be your extra circular activities that make you stand out so if you have a passion for games development, keep at it whilst at uni and build yourself a portfolio to show potential employers.
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    (Original post by ByEeek)
    My advice would be to not specialise at this stage. Both ethical hacking and games development are rather specialist and you might be limiting yourself somewhat. We have interviewed a few folks who came from the gaming world and the thing that always plays on our mind is "Why does he want to get out of gaming?"

    If you go for a general Computer Science course, you will cover all the bases for branching out into a career in whatever you fancy. Of course it will be your extra circular activities that make you stand out so if you have a passion for games development, keep at it whilst at uni and build yourself a portfolio to show potential employers.
    ^^^
    This, nothing else has to be said about this topic.
    I would definitely take his advice.


    Another option would be to do a Masters degree in the specialist field that you want.

    (Original post by SkyewardSword)
    Hey everyone.

    I'm going to go to uni after college but I can't choose whether to go into video game development or ethical hacking. I love them both equally, but I was wondering which one you guys recommend I choose, and what your reasoning is. Is one course easier to complete than another? Are there more jobs in one area than another? How are salaries? Etc, etc, etc. I still have a bit of time to decide as I'm still in the first year of college. The A levels I will be taking are maths, physics and computer science, with biology at AS.
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    Thanks all. I can see your reasoning, it probably would be wise to go with general CompSci at first :3
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    (Original post by SkyewardSword)
    Thanks all. I can see your reasoning, it probably would be wise to go with general CompSci at first :3
    Hey, I'm a 3rd year CGT uni student. A lot of people here are saying to go with CompSci so that you're able to branch out, but doing a GCT course will NOT limit you. You're taught just as much programming, it's just you also have the games side. For my sandwich course I met with many employers and they were please with my course and the work I had produced, these companies were Dell, IBM and other such ones.I'd go with the course you like, as they all give a great entry into the industry. Degrees are really open employment wise.
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    neither, do computer science instead. specializing at undergraduate level is not the best idea
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    Hey, I'm a 3rd year CGT uni student.
    What is CGT? Capital Gains tax?
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    (Original post by SkyewardSword)
    Hey everyone.

    I'm going to go to uni after college but I can't choose whether to go into video game development or ethical hacking. I love them both equally, but I was wondering which one you guys recommend I choose, and what your reasoning is. Is one course easier to complete than another? Are there more jobs in one area than another? How are salaries? Etc, etc, etc. I still have a bit of time to decide as I'm still in the first year of college. The A levels I will be taking are maths, physics and computer science, with biology at AS.
    Hey there,

    If it's Games development you're interested in, we offer Interactive Entertainment (Games Development) BSc(Hons) which is an intensive course, giving you a degree in just two years along with tonnes of studio and industry experience.

    Taking other people's comments into account above, if you did want to look into a more general course or different options as to not limit yourself, I've found a couple options below. Why not take a look at the course descriptions to see what kind of course you think would suit you best?

    Computer Science BSc (Hons)
    Computer Games Technology BSc(Hons)

    All the best with your decisions!

    Lydia
 
 
 
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