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What Our Students Say

“I think it’s the fact of being able to progress your creativity and be able to work on very new ideas – so whether if you’re going to do like a music video, a documentary, a short film, those sort of like projects where you just get something new, something you haven’t even done before, um it helps to expand your mind into something completely different and work into something that’s not the same thing as you’ve done before.”

Scott, Creative Media

“You get so much experience, like you’re not just doing one side of journalism you’re doing all different things – so one day you’ll be doing some magazines and then the next you’ll be filming in the TV studio so it’s just great to get to experience all kinds of journalism so then you get to decide which part you want to go into.”

Alannah, Creative Media

“The equipment is equipment that I’ve never actually used before coming to college and you know I had to learn about it, but when I did actually learn about it and get to grips with it a bit it really helped me be able to create new sounds on my instruments and stuff like that, and be able to kind of work with them a bit instead of just using old 2001 amps from my old school, so it was pretty nice to be able to use actually new modern equipment.”

Tom, Music Performance

Did you know!

  • Esports is a rapidly growing genre within sports and gaming and is forecast to be a £1.8 billion industry by 2022.
  • Almost any game where players compete can be an Esports game. Pro gaming is a worldwide phenomenon
  • Esports is an industry that needs talent in addition to gamers

Course Information


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Esports is a 2 year course, equivalent to three A-levels. It is defined as organised competitive gaming, which is human versus human, either as individuals or in teams. Learn a range of skills from various disciplines including - sports, creative industries, business & enterprise, marketing, event management and social platforms. Explore the gaming industry, design your own games, manage events, use IT skills to create promotional and marketing strategies.

More about STEM


The world of competitive video gaming known as Esports is a fast-growing
international global phenomenon where it is expected to grow and have a net
value of around £1.4 billion by 2022. The qualification includes a diverse range
of transferable skills that enable learners to experience different areas of
esports to aid their progression to employment, either directly or via further
study. Esports offers a unique opportunity to study a sector that crosses over
multiple subject areas such as sport, business, marketing, events, enterprise,
IT and the creative industries. It provides an opportunity for the combination
of social, physical, mental and financial skills into one qualification to
deepen and expand learning, allowing various career opportunities.There is also
the opportunity to be involved in the Esports Academy which competes in the
British Esports Association Championships.


Esports is the term used for competitive gaming in a professional setting
such as internationally recognised tournaments or championships.

According to the British Esports Associations Championships website “Esports
is different from standard video gaming in that esports is competitive
(human-vs-human) and usually has an engaging spectator element to it, like
traditional sports. Tournaments usually consist of amateur or professional
gamers competing against one another for a cash prize. Think of esports as
competitive video gaming where skill and professionalism is celebrated. The pro
gamers who play at this level know the games inside out, much like a
professional footballer or athlete would in their respective fields”. You can
read more about it on
their website here


Have you had a passion for competitive gaming but haven’t had the opportunity
to go pro? Esports in education is a forward-thinking movement where students
can turn their drive for gaming into a well-established career path. Although it
may seem like a niche course to readers outside of the gaming industry, this
Level 3 Diploma can provide skills and expertise in a wide range of technical
and digital platforms.

Who is this course for?

The course is for any individual that has a keen interest in the development of Esports events, including the development of games, event management, marketing, IT, business & enterprise, and the general creative industry.

Course units/modules

  • Introduction to Esports
  • Esports Skills, Strategies and Analysis
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the Esports Industry
  • Health, Wellbeing, and Fitness for Esports Players
  • Producing an Esports Brand
  • Psychology for Esports Performance
  • Game Design
  • Business Applications of Esports in Social Media
  • Live-streamed Broadcasting
  • Esports Coaching
  • Video Production
  • Computer Networking
  • Launching Esports Enterprise

Benefits and skills

  • Strategic and analytical skills
  • Entrepreneurial and enterprise skills
  • Psychology, health and wellbeing for Esports
  • Event organisation and management, branding, game design, broadcasting
  • Business management of Esports within social media platforms.
  • In addition to this you will become a strong team player equipped with good communication, decision making and leadership skills.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above including English or Maths. Or 4 GCSE’s at grade C or above including English and Maths.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

On completion of this course, students may decide to study a higher apprenticeship, continue into higher education or go straight into employment. Thanks to the host of transferable skills developed, the Esports course offers many different pathways to suit all interests.

There is a wide variety of job roles that become accessible within the Esports industry, these include: Professional Gaming, Coaching, Business Management, Journalism and Content Creation, Sales, PR and Marketing, Production, and Product Management to name a few.


According to recent studies, 1 in 20 employees in the Esports industry are women and these statistics are on the rise. Ofcom reports show that the number of young women that play video games has increased from 38% in 2018 to 49%. Esports strives to be fully inclusive and aims to encourage more women to join the competitive gaming industry. This includes campaigning to raise awareness of women in Esports and working alongside other organisations to promote these incredible opportunities.

Want to know more about women in esports? Read here.

Assessment types

All assessment for this course is completed via assignments/projects and marked your highly trained professional tutors.

Course details


1 year Foundation Diploma

1 year Top-up Extended Diploma

Start Date: 04/09/2023
Fees (16-18): No fee
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 76741-01
Fees (Adult): £2,882

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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