BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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ESports - BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma AF-ESPO3E-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2022-23 (2 years)

Examination board
BTEC Pearson

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Housed in our new Gaming & Creative Digital Studios, this course will give you the skills you need for success with the fast-growing Esports industry. 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.

You will also have the opportunity to compete in the British Esports Association colleges competitions. The HSDC Storm team will compete in Rocket League, Overwatch, League of Legends and Valorant against other colleges. The matches run from October to May on Wednesday afternoons.

This course is equivalent to three A Levels.

You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

On this Extended Diploma at HSDC Alton, you will study:

Core Units (mandatory)

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Esports
  • Unit 2: Esports Skills, Strategies and Analysis
  • Unit 3: Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the Esports Industry
  • Unit 4: Health, Wellbeing and Fitness for Esports Players
  • Unit 5: Esports Events

Other units include:

  • Live-streamed Broadcasting
  • Producing an Esports Brand
  • Business Applications of Esports in Social Media
  • Esports Coaching 
  • Psychology for Esports Performance
  • Ethical and Current Issues in Esports
  • Shoutcasting
  • Video Production
  • Skills Strategies and Analysis

This full time course is taught in our Gaming & Creative Digital Studios. We provide the specialist knowledge and skills to prepare you for the fast-growing Esports industry.

This is a career-focused qualification with industry endorsement that enables you to learn underpinning knowledge, develop technical and transferable skills and gain experience in a variety of different sections of the Esports industry.

All units are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification.

You will be given opportunities to:
• present findings of your own research
• use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
• carry out projects for which you have a choice over the direction and outcomes
• demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate processes

Your course culminates in a synoptic assessment that enables you to demonstrate you can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge in realistic contexts, scenarios and activities.

Studying this course could lead you into employment across a range of roles within Esports either individually or in teams. Alternatively, you could progress onto a relevant degree such as the Esports Degree offered by our partners at the University of Chichester.

My experience at the college has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at the college.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student