Banbury and Bicester College launch exciting new Esports programme for September 2022

Banbury and Bicester College is excited to announce the launch of a new Esports programme which will be delivered at its campus on Broughton Road from September.

The new Esports Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas will equip students with the skills to progress into the business of competitive gaming, coaching and event management and will mix the study of modern business, sports enterprise, and creative design within the rapidly growing, and highly lucrative, global esports industry. 

The Esports Level 3 National Extended Diploma is a two-year qualification and is equivalent to three A Levels. On completion, learners can progress into higher education or pursue a career as a competitive player, coach or promoter. 

Banbury and Bicester College launch exciting new Esports programme in September 2022

Introducing learners to the rapidly growing Esports industry

Nancy Buckley, Director of Career Pathways for the Lifestyles faculty at Activate Learning, said: “We are really excited to launch an innovative new programme at Banbury and Bicester College which has been designed by the British Esports Association and Pearson.  

“Both courses will introduce learners to the rapidly growing industry of Esports and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to start a successful career within this rewarding and fast-paced industry.” 

The courses will offer an introduction to Esports and how it began in competitive online gaming and will encourage learners to explore all areas of the industry including entrepreneurship, health, wellbeing and fitness for Esports players and events management. 

Learners will also be able to specialise in other modules including shout-casting, branding, video production and games design. 

Designed alongside British Esports Association and Pearson

Esports is a rapidly growing industry with events watched online and attended by millions of viewers. The popularity of Esports has increased during the coronavirus pandemic as fans were not able to attend sports fixtures due to the requirement for social distancing. Recent examples include Premier League players participating in competitive FIFA tournaments and F1 drivers regularly streaming iRacing on Twitch.  

Designed with the British Esports Association and Endpoint Esports Ltd, Banbury and Bicester College will be creating a bespoke gaming room for this new course, with state-of-the-art equipment for playing, analysing and shout-casting. 

Course tutors will be available to answer questions about the new Esports courses at the Banbury and Bicester College’s Open Event on Wednesday 16 February, 4-7pm.