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Full Time

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Esports in partnership with Wolves Esports

Level 3 Esports

2 years

Central Campus


Course summary

Would you like to start a career in the world of Esports? Pro Gamer? Shoutcaster? Cyber Security? This course is perfect for you! We've partnered with Wolves Esports which will enable students to benefit from stadium tours, interaction with professional teams, guest speaker talks and work experience opportunities. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Esports will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the Esports industry, from the organisation of competitive gaming events to the various roles involved, such as players, coaches, shoutcasters, and tournament analysts. You'll get hands-on experience with real-world tournaments and have the opportunity to develop and manage your own online Esports events, complete with shoutcasters, coaches, presenters, and stream managers. Esports is a unique field that bridges multiple areas of study, including sports, marketing, enterprise, IT, and the creative arts. This Level 3 BTEC Esports course provides an opportunity to develop a range of skills that are highly valued in today's rapidly changing job market. It also offers UCAS Tariff points and is recognised by higher education institutions as meeting entry requirements for various related degree programmes. Upon completion of the full-time two-year programme, you can go on to pursue a higher degree, such as in events management, media, business, IT or esports.

Course requirements

You should have a minimum of four GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above, a BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Sport (ideally at Merit standard) or NVQ Level 2 in a related area. You'll also need to come in for a chat about the course. A criminal records check is needed for you to attend school and community programme placements.

Students on this course will benefit from the incredible new partnership between the college and Wolves Esports. The BTEC Level 3 Esports course typically covers a range of subjects related to the Esports industry, including:

  • Introduction to Esports: This unit provides an overview of the history and development of Esports, as well as its current state and future potential.
  • Esports Events: This unit covers the planning and execution of Esports tournaments, including selecting venues, creating schedules, and managing budgets.
  • Esports Coaching: This unit focuses on the analysis of player performance, using data and statistics to understand strengths and weaknesses and inform coaching decisions.
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship: This unit covers the principles of marketing in the Esports industry, including developing marketing strategies and securing sponsorships.
  • Esports Broadcasting and Presentation: This unit covers the art of shoutcasting, including live-streaming, commentary, and analysis.
  • Esports Technology and Equipment: This unit covers the technical aspects of the Esports industry, including hardware, software, and gaming platforms.
  • Health, Wellbeing and Fitness: This unit focuses on the importance of ethical behaviour and wellness in the Esports industry, including issues related to player safety, mental health, and responsible gaming.

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Esports course may also include practical experience and hands-on projects, such as live tournaments, creating and managing your own Esports events, or working with real-world clients and stakeholders. The goal is to provide students with a comprehensive and practical understanding of the Esports industry and the skills required to succeed in this field.


Once you gain your BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Esports qualification, the esports industry offers a variety of job opportunities, including:

  • Esports Player: professional esports players compete in organised tournaments and events for prizes and recognition.
  • Coach: esports coaches work with players to help them improve their performance and strategy.
  • Shoutcaster: shoutcasters provide live commentary and analysis of esports tournaments and events.
  • Tournament Analyst: tournament analysts use data and statistics to analyse player and team performance, and provide insights and strategies for improvement.
  • Marketing and Sponsorship Manager: this role is responsible for securing sponsorships and developing marketing strategies for esports teams, tournaments, and events.
  • Event Manager: event managers plan and execute esports tournaments, including securing venues, managing schedules, and overseeing logistics.
  • Content Creator: content creators produce and distribute content such as articles, videos, and social media posts, to promote and cover the esports industry.
  • IT and Technical Support: this role involves setting up and maintaining the technology and equipment used in esports tournaments and events, including gaming platforms, hardware, and software.
  • Game Developer: game developers create the games that are played in the esports industry, and continuously work to improve and update them.

These are just a few of the many job opportunities available in the esports industry. As the industry continues to grow, new roles and opportunities are likely to emerge.


In the UK, there are a number of universities that offer courses related to esports and the gaming industry. Some of the options include:

  • BA (Hons) in Esports Management and Entrepreneurship at Staffordshire University
  • BSc (Hons) in Games and Esports Management at Birmingham City University
  • BSc (Hons) in Games and Esports Management at Falmouth University
  • BSc (Hons) in Esports and Games Development at Teesside University
  • MSc in Esports Management at the University of Manchester
  • BA (Hons) in Games Design and Esports at the University of South Wales
  • BSc (Hons) in Games and Esports Technology at Abertay University
  • BSc (Hons) in Esports Management and Technology at the University of Chichester

These courses generally cover a range of topics, including game design and development, esports management, marketing and sponsorship, event management, and technology and equipment. They may also provide hands-on experience and practical projects, such as live tournaments, working with clients and stakeholders, and creating and managing your own esports events.

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

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