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Esports, BTEC Extended Diploma
Esports is a fast-growing industry. In February 2019, Newzoo published its 2019 Global Esports Market Report. This stated that, in 2018, the global esports market was valued at U.S. $655 million. This rose to nearly U.S. $865 million in 2019 and is projected to reach U.S. $1.79 billion in 2022.
This course combined theoretical and practical content around the Esports industry. On this BTEC qualification, you will cover a variety of modules over the following sectors:
- Creative Media
69% of parents feel that Esports teaches their children skills which cannot be developed through traditional learning, this is reflected in the range of modules that you will learn on the programme of study, modules may include:
- Introduction to Esports
- Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the Esports Industry
- Health, Wellbeing and Fitness for Esports Players
- Producing an Esports brand
- Psychology for Esports Performance
- Computer Networking
Alongside your course, you can join our Esports academy, train for national competitions and become an ambassador for the area.
In 2021-22, within the British Esports Student Championships, our Valorant team made it to the Finals of the Winter Stage. In the same year the Overwatch team made it to the semi-finals of the yearlong Nationals competition.
Currently in the 2022-23 campaign we have teams in Overwatch, Valorant and Rocket League. The Overwatch team have gone undefeated in all their games and our Valorant team went unbeaten in their Winter group stage! Both teams will be playing in the Nationals bracket of the competition in Spring. With a second Overwatch team being entered into the Spring season, our Academy continues to grow and provide students from across the college opportunities to compete at a national level.
As part of this study programme, you will develop your Maths and English skills, and attend tutorials and Individual Development (ID). All aspects of your study programme will be discussed at your interview.
How will the course be assessed?
You will be assessed through a range of theoretical and practical coursework modules. This will include group work, presentations, and portfolio development.
Are there any additional costs?
Some programmes may require a dress code, this will be discussed further at interview.
What future study opportunities and careers are there?
From the Esports qualification, you can progress into a variety of different areas. You will have opportunities to progress onto university degree, such as an Esports degree, or direct into the industry.
This course is a good starting point for progressing into roles such as: content creator, Esports coach, social media manager or events management.
What do I do next?
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There are several myths around Esports and the Esports course. Here is some information to help give you a clear picture!
“All you do on the Esports course is play games.” This statement is incorrect! The course is primarily based on looking at a larger variety of soft and academic skills that you would not typically find on a singular course! We also have a huge focus on learning how to fulfil jobs/roles within the industry of Esports such as Coaching, Social Media Manager and Branding leader. In reality, there is not a lot of time spent getting into playing games outside of the Academy which runs independently to the course.
“This qualification will limit career opportunities.” The qualification is actually made up of 5 different industries: Business, Media, Sport, Computing and Esports. Students will get to experience all 5 sides of these industries and gain a larger understanding of these worlds whilst using Esports as the focus for these areas. After completing this course students will be able to go into work or get a degree in any of these fields and be prepared for what they would be expected to know going into it.
“Encouraging the use of video games is bad for your health.” In our Esports course we have a key focus on physical and mental wellbeing. The course goes into detail about the importance of health and the impact it can have on your general day-to-day life as well as the impact it has on performance. We have high expectations for our learners and support them with their mental and physical health habits. Learners will also be educated on the best techniques to aid with their physical and mental health.
Social Media Presence
Our team has a strong social media presence within the Student Esports community! Follow the course and academy teams
5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 or the Technical Progression Certificate in Computing).
Category & Subject AreaComputing and Digital Technologies Courses for 16 to 18-year-olds Courses for 16 to 18-year-olds
iAn interview is required for this course.
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