Computer games tester apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursea college coursean apprenticeshipapplying directly
You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree course in computing
You'll usually need 1 or 2 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma. For a degree you might need 2 to 3 A-Levels.
You could take a college course, which may help you to get a job as a junior tester. Courses include:
- An A-Level in Computing
- Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media
- T level in Digital Production, Design and Development
You may need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and a creative subject for A-Levels or a T Level.
You could complete a software tester higher apprenticeship.
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A-Levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
You could contact games companies about part-time or short-term work experience opportunities.
You'll need good technical skills and an in-depth understanding of different game platforms and quality assurance processes. Some games companies release test versions of games for the public to try. Going to games events and joining industry forums are good ways to hear about these and other opportunities. They're also useful for making contacts with people working in the industry, who may help you to find work.
Computer games tester apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- maths knowledge for understanding programming
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail for finding faults and 'bugs'
- analytical thinking skills for software testing
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- excellent verbal communication skills
- a good memory
- complex problem-solving skills for fixing 'bugs'
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Computer games tester apprenticeships - what you'll do
In this role you could be:
- testing different levels and versions of a game
- finding the cause of faults and recommending improvements
- entering each 'bug report' on a quality management system
- comparing the game against other games on the market
- checking for spelling mistakes in the game, in instruction manuals and packaging
- reporting copyright issues like the use of logos
- checking a game's accessibility options
- working under pressure and to deadlines
You could work in a creative studio or in an office.
Career path and progression - Computer games tester apprenticeships
With experience, you could become a quality assurance manager or move into games marketing.
With further training, you could become a games designer, animator or developer.