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Our Esport BTEC is the first qualification of its kind in the world and has been developed in partnership with the British Esports Association.

Developed in close conjunction with leading employers the BTEC Level 2 in ESports contains industry specific, relevant content that allows progression to further study and eventual careers in the global Esports industry and wider digital, tech, and STEM industries. Esports games, teams and tournaments are investigated before being tasked with establishing a new Esport organisation, developing the brand, marketing collateral and promotional plan to go with this.

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 academic progression and, ultimately, sustainable employment.

What is Pearson BTEC Award in Esports?

The Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award in Esports is 120 guided learning hours. It is aimed at students who are taking a two year programme and offers learners the opportunity to study Esports alongside a range of core qualifications as an engaging and stimulating course which will prepare them for successful performance in working life and progression into employment or further study, by developing a range of essential skills, techniques and attitudes.

The qualification is endorsed by The British Esports Association as being suitable for learners as an introduction to Esports.

What will I study?

The content has been developed to ensure that it is appropriate and consistent with current industry practice to enable learners to enter further study.

Learners taking this qualification will study two mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Esports Games, Teams and Tournaments
  • Unit 2: Establishing an Esports Organisation.

The mandatory content allows learners to develop their technical skills across range of assessment within the units, supported by underpinning knowledge. All assessment relates to the Esports industry.

Communication skills are developed throughout the units, and students can also enhance their broader skills in ICT, while literacy and numeracy skills are also developed throughout. If the qualification is studied alongside a level 2 qualification in English and/or Mathematics, it will provide numerous opportunities to develop relevant skills and knowledge.

Why should I study it?

The Esports industry is a fast-growing global industry. Esports is defined as organised competitive gaming, which is human versus human, either as individuals or in teams. This suite of qualifications includes a breadth of transferrable skills that enable learners to experience Esports in different areas to aid their progression to employment, directly or via further study. Esports offers a unique opportunity to deliver a curriculum that teaches concepts in the context of multiple skills and subject areas at once. It provides an opportunity for alignment of social, physical, mental and financial skills into one qualification to deepen and expand learning, skills which are highly valued in the changing and fluid workplace. Learners must apply strategy, skill and teamwork to be successful.

The course provides many transferable skills that students will gain through their study, including:

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Analytical Skills
  • Cyber Skills
  • Multi-tasking
  • Dexterity
  • Improved Processing Ability and Reaction Times

How will my work be assessed?

As a certified BTEC provider, all work will be assessed by the Pearson-trained staff at DLD College London.

Which exam board will be studied?

The Pearson BTEC – with a track record built over 30 years of learner success, BTEC qualifications are widely recognised and respected. They provide progression to the workplace, either directly or via study at higher levels. Proof comes from YouGov research, which shows that 62% of large companies have recruited employees with BTEC qualifications.

BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure. In these new BTEC Level 2 qualifications, the focus is on the development of technical, practical and transferable work-related skills, and sector-specific knowledge. The development of these skills is key for learners to progress to work or to an Apprenticeship.

When creating these qualifications, we worked with employers to ensure that the qualifications meet their needs. Employers are looking for recruits with the appropriate technical knowledge, and technical and transferable skills essential for employment.

These BTEC Level 2 qualifications meet these requirements through:

  • a range of occupationally-related qualifications, each with a clear purpose, so that there is a qualification to suit each learner’s plan for career progression
  • up-to-date content that is closely aligned with employers’ needs for a skilled future workforce
  • assessments chosen to help learners progress to the next stage. This means that all assessments are set by the centre to meet local needs. This ensures that there is a core of skills and understanding common to all learners.

Learn more about the Pearson BTEC Esports Level 2 Course Details here.

What subjects can it lead to at A Level/BTEC?

The course has been developed with a vast array of academic links to allow students to progress down many different paths.  Study of Esports enables students to progress to:

  • Computer Science
  • ICT
  • Sciences
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Creative Media
  • Business Studies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Games Development
  • Sport

What Careers can it lead to?

The course enables students to secure a variety of roles, such as:

  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Advertising
  • PR
  • Branding
  • Merchandising
  • Media
  • Event Management
  • Social Media
  • Design
  • Business Development

Students could enter into a career in the dynamic Esports industry, in roles such as:

  • Professional Player
  • Coach
  • Host
  • Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Administrator
  • Broadcast / Production
  • Social Media Manager
  • Operations Management
  • Streamer / Influencer
  • Video Editor / Photographer

The course also enables students to secure careers in the tech, digital and STEM industries, such as:

  • Cyber Security
  • Software Development
  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Cloud Solutions
  • Network Engineering
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Digital Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • UI/UX Design
  • Network Management
  • Virtual Reality
  • Software Engineering

Read our latest blog post on Esports Universities and career opportunities.

Co Curricular Activities

DLD College London has launched an Esports co-curricular activity (CCA), which runs as a weekly session. The session will allow students to gain further insight into the Esports industry.  This will be through experiencing games, competitions and tournaments in College, as well as creating a community Esports team – DLD Dragons – with a website and merchandise.

Study of the Esports course will also allow students to engage better with any of the wealth of co-curricular activities offered at DLD College London.

Read more about our DLD Dragons Esports Gaming CCA in the news articles below:

Winning streak for DLD Dragons!

Esports Swiss Qualifier Series Results

DLD Dragons Swiss Qualifier Fixtures

DLD Dragons win season opening of the British Esports Student Championships

DLD Dragons Jersey Design!

Esports launches DLD Dragons Gaming Community

A parents guide to Esports from the British Esports organisation can be read on their website via this link.