23rd January 23
Electronic Sports, or Esports as they are more commonly known, are organised video game competitions. Esports players compete in teams against each other in tournaments that are watched by fans live and online. Professional Esports players often compete for cash prizes.
Esports is a fast-growing industry that is driven by the increased immersion and engagement in the digital world. Incorporating Esports into the school curriculum is allowing educational institutions to offer students an educational and vocational learning opportunity that is setting students up for the careers of tomorrow. This article will give insight into the benefits and opportunities to studying the Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award in Esports at DLD College London.
Esports is a hugely popular recreational activity amongst young people with many aspiring to work in the global Gaming and Esports industry. The British Esports Federation is leading the way in Esports education through tailored courses that nurture students passion into valuable skillsets and in turn, prepare them for careers within the Esports and linked digital industries.
Esports education facilitates the development of key transferable skills such as problem solving, teamwork, leadership, analytical thinking, and decision making to name a few. This makes it a valuable course choice for any student that is interested in the subject.
Research shows that taking part in extra-curricular activities boosts students success, Esports is bringing this theory to the classroom through the positive, exciting, teambuilding environment it creates. Esports is truly inclusive, meaning that anyone can take part, making space for students that may have previously been overlooked in a traditional curriculum and celebrating successful teamwork outside of sport, art and music. This environment helps students to build positive relationships and nurture a passion that may lead to a successful career in the Esports industry.
DLD enjoys an enviable location for those interested in careers in Esports, surrounded by innovative tech start-ups and a digital-first culture in the heart of London. Our purpose-built campus is well-equipped with the latest educational technology and offers state-of-the-art facilities that support the innovative learning you would expect when you study in London.
Esports offers a wealth of career pathways. The Prospects.ac.uk website has a wealth of information on what careers students can enter after finishing a degree in Esports.
DLD College London’s BTEC Esports students are prepared for careers in STEM and Business industries. The British Esports Federation suggests links to careers in Cyber Security, Software Development, Virtual Reality and so many more, including roles specific to the Esports industry.
The skills developed through BTEC Esports can enable students to secure a variety of business industry roles in areas that include marketing, sales, events, design and development, this could be within the gaming industry or generally.
For those who wish to have a career in Esports, there are a variety of departments to choose from. The British Esports website lists some typical Esports roles including:
At DLD College London, we currently offer BTEC Esports to our GCSE Students and it is therefore studied alongside a range of subjects. Subjects such as ICT, English and Mathematics provide core skills and understanding to excel in Esports, and these skills will be developed further throughout the programme.
Students studying on DLD College London’s Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award in Esports are likely to progress onto A Levels or BTECs including (but not limited to); Computer Science, Engineering, Creative Media, Business Studies, Game Development and Sciences.
Staffordshire University was the UK’s first university to introduce an Esports Degree in 2017 as well as a Masters, focusing on the business and event management aspects of Esports. Since then the demand for non-traditional subjects has increased with universities across the country launching Esports and Gaming Degrees.
College of Esports (CoEs) is a newly established Higher Education institution focusing on the business of Esports in Stratford, London. DLD College London have direct links to CoEs though the British Esports Federation.
According to The Complete University Guide, the best UK universities to study a degree in Esports are:
With Esports being relatively new to education, forward-looking, vocational universities are driving the launch of Esports in education. These universities tend to accept applications on a UCAS tariff point basis which is currently around 112 from at least 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications such as BTECs. This translates to students achieving A Level grades of BBC-BCC with all universities expecting applicants to have obtained their GCSE English and Maths with a grade of C/4 or above.
Entry requirements for Esports degrees will of course vary, so for specific entry requirements advice, it’s worth checking UCAS.com (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service website).
The most successful professional Esports players often earn more than athletes in many traditional sports, but there are also a wider range of careers that are available to pursue in the Esports industry. These include careers in management, broadcasting, information technology, human resources, journalism, operations, sales, coaching, operations, marketing and public relations, and social media. Glassdoor.co.uk calculates the average Esports salary in the UK is £33,865 per year
Esports is one of the quickest growing industries, so new jobs are being created all the time.
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