Java for Android Games

Course code: DLC020

Learn how to develop and build games for android devices from scratch. Potentially leading to game development careers…

  • Learn how to build and develop games to run on Android smartphones and tablets
  • Android is most popular mobile operating system giving plenty of oppurtunity
  • Ideal for beginners or can be used as a refresher course
  • Course all online with access via learning portal
  • No previous experience of programming needed
  • You will need a windows PC with at least 2gb of spare disk space
This course is only available to study online.
Course overview

For those dreaming of becoming a games developer, or if you’re just interested in understanding how to create and build android games, take a look at this fantastic android games development starting course!

Android is one of the most popular mobile operating systems which uses Java programming language.

Learn how to build and develop games to run on Android systems and apps. Understand the basics of Java and game development. Have a go at designing and creating your own games from scratch!

Study online at your own pace and fit your studies around your busy schedule.

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Study Hours

Approximately 120 hours.

Course Outcome

You will receive your Java Android for Games Development Diploma.

Entry Requirements

You will need a Windows PC with at least 2gb of spare disk space and a 64-bit Intel processor.


Assignment after each unit. Individual programming coursework.

Course content
  • Introduction to Android Studio
  • Introduction To Java
  • Arithmetic & Logical Operations
  • Looping
  • Using Java Methods
  • Drawing On The Screen
  • Incorporating Sound Effects
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 1 – Coding Exercises
  • Introduction
  • Preparation
  • Creating The User Interface
  • Processing Screen Touches
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 2 – Find The Submarine Game
  • Introduction
  • Classes and Objects (1)
  • Classes and Objects (2)
  • Starting The Ping Pong Game
  • The Game Loop
  • The Ball Class
  • The Bat Class
  • Handling Collisions
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 3 – Updating The Ping Pong Game
  • Introduction
  • Creating Arrays
  • The Commando Game
  • Adding Bitmap Graphics & Timing
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 4 – Shooting Gallery
  • Introduction
  • Getting Started
  • The Game Engine
  • The Caterpillar Class
  • The Lettuce Class
  • Lesson review & Quiz
  • Assignment 5 – Hungry Caterpillar Plus
  • Introduction
  • Getting Started With Space Wars
  • The GameState Class
  • Building the HUD Class
  • Getting Things Moving
  • A Particle System Explosion
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 6 – Shoot The Spaceship
  • Introduction
  • The Game Objects
  • Coding the Object Specifications
  • The Component Interfaces & Classes
  • The Transform Class
  • The GameObject Class
  • The GameObjectFactory Class
  • Tying Up Loose Ends
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 7 – Switching Backgrounds
  • Introduction
  • The Alien Components
  • Using the Alien Components
  • Detecting Collisions
  • Lesson Review & Quiz
  • Assignment 8 – Adding Multiple Levels
Extra info

Entry Requirements

In order to complete the course, you will need a Windows PC with at least 2gb of spare disk space and a 64-bit Intel processor.

You may be able to complete the course with a Windows PC that has an AMD processor but won’t be able to use the Android emulator to test the apps. You will need to test your apps with an Android smartphone or tablet connected to your PC with a USB cable.

No previous experience of the Java programming language is required, but some knowledge of JavaScript, Python, or Ruby, would be advantageous.

Study Method

This course is studied entirely online through an online training portal. This can be accessed through any web browser such as Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

Throughout the course you will be supported by a personal course tutor who can give feedback on work at any time throughout your studies.


You will have an assignment to complete online after every unit. These assessments are contained within the training programme. The coursework consists of individual practical programming assignments that can be sent to your course tutor by email or by post on completion of your training.

Course Outcome

On successful completion of this course, you will receive your Android Games Development Diploma from Open Awards.

Providing the assignments have been completed to the required standards you will also receive a Level 4 Open Awards Quality Endorsed Unit Course Certificate with 8 Open Awards Credits.

The completion of this online course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification – but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The learning outcomes of the online course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, indicating the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Awarding Body

Open Awards are an Awarding Body Organisation approved by Ofqual. Set up in 1981, Open Awards (Previously the North West Region of the National Open College Network – OCNNW) have been in business for over 30 years and are a not for profit organisation and a registered charity.


Through the course you will learn to develop your own android games from scratch which could potentially lead into game development roles.


You may start at any time and have up to 1 year to complete your course. It’s completely flexible!

No, there are no formal exams for this course. Your certification is based on your assignments and coursework alone.

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