The COVID-19 pandemic propelled esports into the mainstream, with celebrities and Premier League stars participating in competitive FIFA tournaments and F1 drivers regularly streaming iRacing on Twitch.
On an esports course, you’ll be completing written tasks, as well as completing practical assignments such as presenting, coaching, live streaming, events management, designing an esports brand, and more! This is a great opportunity to upskill and progress your career into this new area of business, as well as many other digital careers.
If you don’t already have five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, but you want to progress to an esports qualification or apprenticeship, our Level 2 Esports course is a great place to start. This qualification will enable you to progress within the esports industry, the traditional sports industry, marketing, or many other technology-based careers.
The esports industry has seen tremendous growth in recent years, in both revenue and viewership. Even David Beckham is getting in on the act! This is an exciting time to get to know more about the organisation and structure of esports in the UK, and around the world, and how it compares to traditional sports.
What you'll learn
You will study seven units in Year 1 and eight units in Year 2 from the following:
- Esports Industry Knowledge
- Esports Tournament Organisation
- Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
- Esports Skills, Strategy and Analysis
- Health, Wellbeing and Fitness for Esports Players
- Esports Events
- Live-Streamed Broadcasting
- Producing an Esports Brand
- Esports Coaching
- Psychology for Esports Performance
- Nutrition for Esports Performance
- Ethical and Current Issues in esports
- Launching your Esports Enterprise
- Business Applications of esports in Social Media
- Corporate Social Responsibility in Sport
- Sports and Esports Law and Legislation
- Customer Immersion Experiences
- Video Production
- Games Design
There are also work experience placements to ensure that you gain the practical skills and knowledge in the areas that you wish to develop.
Here are some job roles you could get experience of:
- Gaming Development
- Social Media Representative
- Esport Coach
- Esport Events Organiser
- Data Analyst
- Esport Player
How you'll learn and be assessed
You’ll be working with the finest, competition-grade equipment, in classrooms that are designed to facilitate the learning and growth of esports players.
Assessment will occur continually throughout the programme. You will have unit assignments to complete and will be assessed on your practical ability and application of theory.
You will also have assessments and written assignments that will need to be delivered to a deadline, as well as oral presentations, professional discussions and group work.
Each individual unit and the full award are graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.
The primary focus of this qualification is to progress to employment across a range of roles within esports, but it might also be taken alongside other vocational qualifications or A Levels.
Complementary qualifications to support career progression are Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Information Technology, Creative Media, Sport and Business.
Jobs that are available in these areas include:
- Esports player
- Team Coach
- Social Media Influencer
- Data Analyst
This qualification attracts UCAS Tariff points and is recognised by higher-education providers as contributing to entry requirements for many related courses.
When combined in a two-year, full-time study programme with other qualifications, such as A Levels or a relevant Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma, learners can progress to higher-education degree programmes, such as a BA (Hons) in Events Management, BA (Hons) in Media, or a BA (Hons) in Esports.
Learners should check entry requirements for degree and HND programmes with providers.
You will need:
- a keen interest and willingness to be involved in the esports, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship industries
- five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English and maths or, a Level 2 esports diploma AND GCSE English at grade 3 (D) or above