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What is Esports?

Our Esports qualification will get you career ready in a fast-growing global industry with revenue projected to reach £1.5 billion in 2022. Played by both amateurs and professionals – and open to all, Esports is competitive video gaming, where gamers play against each other on online and at spectator events in large indoor arenas.

The Esports BTEC will equip learners with a number of transferable skills, including, but not limited to, development, sport, enterprise, events management, marketing and production, IT and the creatives. It provides an opportunity for alignment of social, physical, mental and financial skills into one qualification to develop 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.

You will also have the opportunity to compete in the British Esports Association colleges competitions.

What’s covered on the course?

You will:

  • Work with a range of industry graphic tools such as Adobe Photoshop, and Illustrator for design and branding
  • Develop knowledge in game theory, planning and character design and more.
  • Use Adobe After effects for Animations and Visual Effects, Green Screen, Live Streaming and Video editing for Publication.
  • Plan and deliver as a team an Esports media event
  • Design a game concept and supporting characters that you will then bring to life as part of your final project

Esports L2

The BTEC Level 2 in Esports is an intermediate qualification for post-16 learners who want to specialise in a specific occupation, occupational area or technical role. It prepares learners for work or an Apprenticeship by giving them the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge, technical and practical skills, and to apply these skills in work-related environments. The qualification also provides progression to Level 3 qualifications.

Esports L3

The Level 3 Esports qualification is aimed at people wanting to progress to employment in the Esports industry, or may wish to enter Higher Education. Endorsed by the British Esports Association, it will be recognised by employers and could lead to a job as an Esports player, team coach, social media influencer, data analyst and much more.

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As the industry continues to grow around the world, more jobs and career pathways are being created in Esports, creating a demand for people with specific skills that have been developed through participation in Esports;

Teamwork, Leadership, Communication, Strategic Thinking, Problem solving, Decision making, Analytical skills, Cyber Skills, Ability to multi-task, Dexterity, Improved dexterity and reaction times.


Esports has created thousands of new jobs across the world, creating a fresh demand for people with specific skills. Career opportunities following this course include:

Coach, PR/Marketing executive, Sales/partnerships manager, Business management, Production crew, Shoutcaster /host

For Parents & Carers

Whilst Esports is an ever- growing industry, not everyone knows about it about or understands the benefits or wide range of career opportunities available, and with many negative perceptions around gaming, parents and carers may be reluctant to encourage sign up to an Esports BTEC but there are many benefits including:

  • Confidence improving
  • Strategic thinking developing
  • Developed reading comprehension
  • Improved social and communication skills
  • Increased concentration
  • Promotes positive mental health and wellbeing