Computing & IT
Computing & IT
Computing & IT
Computing and Esports, Extended Diploma
This course is for learners who hold a strong interest in competing in gaming tournaments. Esports (electronic sports) is competitive video gaming. The programme also develops skills in events management, marketing, branding, coaching and analysis, plus networking.
The Esports market is huge and is estimated to have had worldwide revenue in excess of $1bn in 2020!
The global pandemic has driven esports into the mainstream, with Premier League stars participating in competitive FIFA tournaments and F1 drivers regularly streaming iRacing on Twitch.
Pearson have realised the popularity of this new sector and launched a new BTEC qualification in collaboration with the British Esports Association.
This is an academic qualification that involves competitive gaming, event management, and business entrepreneurship. It is the equivalent to three A Levels so requires a high degree of study, and work; it's not just playing games!
What will I do on this course?
This qualification includes a breadth of transferable skills that enable you to experience different areas of esports to aid your progression to employment, directly or via further study. Esports offers a unique opportunity to study a sector that crosses over multiple subject areas such as sport, marketing, enterprise, IT and the creatives. It provides an opportunity for alignment of social, physical, mental and financial skills into one qualification to deepen and expand learning. These are skills that are highly valued in the changing and fluid workplace. You must apply strategy, skill and teamwork to be successful.
The Extended Diploma is made up of 15 units, studied over 2 years including:
Units of study to include:
- Introduction to esports
- Esports skills, strategies and analysis
- Enterprise and entrepreneurship in the esports industry
- Health, wellbeing and fitness for esports players
- Esports events
- Live-streamed broadcasting
- Games design
- Esports coaching
- Computer networking
- Producing an esports brand
- Nutrition for esports performance
- Video production
- Launching your esports enterprise
- Business applications of esports in social media
We have excellent facilities that are tailored to the development of Esport, with a state-of-the-art classroom environment that provides a unique experience for you to truly get a feel for business expectations within the industry.
You will also continue to develop your English & maths skills and attend and Individual Development (ID) session as part of your timetable.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a number of projects and assignments throughout the two years.
You will also enter competitions as part of the programme.
What could I do after this course?
This qualification is intended for students wanting to progress directly to employment in the esports industry and other related industries in roles such as eSports Player, Team Coach, Social Media Influencer or Data Analyst.
This qualification attracts UCAS Tariff points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to entry requirements for many related courses. You 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. You should check entry requirements for specific degree and HND programmes with providers.
Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 or a relevant Level 2 IT/Computing qualification at Merit grade or above.
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What our students say
Jackson Wood, Computing L3
"I have enjoyed being able to work in an environment that treats me like an independent human being while feeling supported all the while. This has really helped me develop myself and focus hard on the goals that I wish to achieve. It's been a huge benefit to my learning."
Former school: King Alfred's
Studied: Computing L3
What next? Studying a Bachelors in Cyber Security at Plymouth University.