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Esports (Advanced) - Level 3


As Esports has developed it has created thousands of new jobs across the world, and it’s an industry that is still rapidly expanding. Globally, the industry is expected to be worth $1.9billion by 2023. 

With competitions like the League of Legends World Championship offering substantial prize money, being a player is an attractive option, but not the only career choice. Like any sports team, wrap-around care is needed; from coaches and sports psychologists, the industry needs designers and games creators, broadcast crews, promoters, sales, marketing and PR teams to name but a few.
Helping you to pursue a variety of Esports-related careers, this two-year course provides the opportunity to build skills in leadership, strategic thinking, analysis, problem solving, dexterity and improving processing and reaction times and most importantly teamwork and communication; essential skills for any job. 

Practical skill development will include project management, event planning and budgeting, character and environment design and asset creation, graphics, branding and typography, broadcasting for TV and online and developing business development plans. 

Besides studying on this fascinating course, you will also have the chance to compete in national or regional tournaments as part of a college team.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20221 yr(s)2533A1598FREEFREE* to £2882.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

What will I study?

  • Introduction to Esports
  • Games design 
  • Live broadcasting
  • Branding 
  • Esports business and promotion
  • Tournament organisation
  • Esports skills and strategies
  • Immersive experiences 
  • Coaching
  • Nutrition, health and fitness
  • Psychology for Esports

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 including English language and maths (or an appropriate equivalent).
  • Or, a relevant Level 2 qualification with a Merit grade, plus GCSEs at grade 4 in English language and maths (or an appropriate equivalent).
  • A keen interest and willingness to be involved in all Esports elements including business, media, computer science and sport.
  • You will also need to be a competitive Esports player and take part in tournaments as part of a college team.

Applicants aged over 19:

  • If you do not have the entry requirements listed above you may still be accepted to study if you can provide relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 years.

Following successful completion of year 1 you may then progress to a second year of study on the Extended Diploma.  

  • Year 1 - Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels on completion of one year)
  • Year 2 - Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A Levels on completion of the two years)

How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place through controlled assignments set by tutors and the examining board which are externally verified.

You will take part in team and solo activity, undertake projects and practical workshops based on Esports scenarios.

Written coursework to support your practical work may include research and reports. 

What can I progress onto?

  • An apprenticeship
  • Related HNC/HND
  • University degree


How do I apply?

Apply online

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