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The Esports industry is a fast-growing global industry.  This qualification is for learners who want to develop a range of skills within Esports and related industries.  It was essential, therefore, that we developed these qualifications in close collaboration with experts from professional bodies and businesses such as the British Association of Esports.  The qualification also provides progression to Level 3 qualifications.

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.  In addition, professional bodies and businesses have provided letters of support confirming that these qualifications meet their recruitment requirements.

What makes Esports at HRC special? 

Developed in close conjunction with leading employers, the BTEC Level 2 in Esports develops transferable workplace skills, such as good communication and the ability to work in a team, which employers have identified as essential for gaining employment in the sector and for progression once the learner is working.

At the core of this qualification is the concept of preparing young people for the working world.
Through practical activities and occupationally-fit-for-purpose assessments, learners will gain the skills and behaviours needed for sustainable employment.

Career Destinations

  • Professional Player
  • Shout caster or host
  • Analyst/coach
  • Team Manager/Owner
  • Content creator
  • Marketing
  • Social media manager
  • Sales manager
  • Agents
  • Event Manager 
  • Production
  • Social Media Manager

What can I do next?

  • Progress to Level 3 qualifications, for example BTEC Extended Diploma in Business or L3 Extended Certificate in Marketing
  • Enter employment in the business sector
  • Progress to an apprenticeship

What will I be doing?

You will cover the following units:  

Unit 1: Esports Games, Teams and Tournaments
Unit 2: Establishing an Esports Organisation
Unit 3: Streaming for Esports
Unit 4: Plan an Esports Event

Functional Skills English and maths for students who have achieved lower than D in GCSE maths and English.

If you have achieved a GCSE grade 3 in English or maths you will need to work towards Grade 4 in both subjects.

60 hours work experience (2 consecutive weeks).

Added Extras

  • Course related visits and trips
  • Guest speakers from the world of business
  • Participation in charity and fundraising events within the college

How will I be assessed?

Units 1, 2 and 3 are assignment-based assessments.  Unit 4 is an internal synoptic in which learners must develop an esports brand.  In completing this synoptic unit, learners will study how to develop a plan for an esports event, pitch the plan to an audience and use feedback to revise their plan. All units are graded at pass, merit and distinction.

This qualification has no external exams.

Entry requirements

At least 136 GCSE grade points. This should include English and maths at Grade 3 or higher or Functional Skills Level 1 in English and maths. 

Alternatively, if you have successfully completed a full Level 1 Diploma qualification and have English and maths at Grade 3 or Functional Skills Level 1 in English and maths you will be considered for a place on the course. 

You will be required to come to college with an attitude that reflects your aspiration to develop and maintain a professional approach to your studies and improve your employability skills.

If you would like help understanding our entry requirements give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411

What do I need to bring?

You will need a selection of note-taking items including pens and a notepad.  You will also need a text book and your tutor will advise you fruther at enrolment. 

If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria. Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.

If you would like financial support please contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee Information

Free to those under 19 on 31st August 2022.

If you are 19 or over on 31 August 2022, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay approximately £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5500 for a Level 3 qualification.

Fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £3500 for a Level 3 qualification.

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, book fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change

Additional Costs

You may also be required to pay a materials fee of approximately £50.

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