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Esports BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

University College Birmingham
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Program description

Esports BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Esports is an industry rapidly on the rise. Global Esports revenues are tipped to hit $1.8 billion by 2022, with more than 450 million viewers tuning in last year. As part of a balanced lifestyle, it’s also a beneficial alternative to passive media like TV and supports building a wide array of technical and personal skills. Our BTEC Esports college course lets you explore the field in depth and opens doors to a future in this booming business.

Esports has strong connections to computing education, STEAM subjects and developing business and enterprise skills, cyber skills and digital literacy. Endorsed by the British Esports Association for learners wanting to work in the industry, this Level 3 course builds upon a wealth of transferable skills and enables you to experience different aspects of Esports, covering a range of subjects from video production and branding to games design and computer networking.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

  • Normally, you will require 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) and above, including maths or English. (GCSE equivalent qualifications in English and maths will also be accepted)
  • Alternatively you will need a BTEC Level 2 Diploma plus English or maths
  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report and references
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the IT industry
  • If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and/or maths and you are under 19, you will be required to complete an assessment so we can ensure you receive appropriate support.

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Program content

Topics you will study:

Year 1

  • 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
  • Games Design
  • Esports Coaching

Year 2

  • Esports Events
  • Live-streamed Broadcasting
  • Video Production
  • Business Applications of Esports in Social Media
  • Shoutcasting
  • Ethical and Current Issues in Esports
  • Launching Your Esports Enterprise
  • Computer Networking

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through 100% coursework assignments and projects, some of which will involve industry-related visits.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

  • Course Duration : 2 year full-time
  • Course Start : September (2021)


By completing our Esports BTEC course, you will gain a recognised qualification that will enable you to progress to employment in the industry, possibly via an apprenticeship. You could also move into higher education with potential pathways ranging from media to events management, as well as accessing Higher Nationals directly from your qualification.

Career opportunities

Esports will rival the biggest traditional sports leagues in terms of future opportunities, and between advertising, ticket sales, licensing, sponsorships and merchandising, there are tremendous growth areas for this nascent industry.

Career opportunities

Note: Some roles below may require further study/training. The roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

  • Marketing executive - Average salary: £26,500 – £30,500
  • Social media manager - Average salary: £25,000 – £32,000
  • Event manager - Average Salary: £33,000
  • Journalist/content creator - Average Salary: £24,000
  • Production crew - Variable
  • Professional Esports player - Variable

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University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s second-biggest city, University College Birmingham is a specialist university which is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the University of Birmingham,...

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University College Birmingham

UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
United Kingdom

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