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Level 3

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Esports / BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Esports / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Esports

Duration: 2 years

Course Overview

Competitive esports has seen massive growth in recent years; estimates expect the global esports market will have generated revenues of more than $1bn in 2020, with almost 500m viewers around the world. With its growing popularity, it is an industry that offers many job and career opportunities around the world, such as professional playing and coaching, commentary, journalism, marketing, data analysis and IT roles to name just a few.

The Pearson BTEC Esports course provides a platform to progress into this exciting growth industry. It builds a wide range of skills directly relevant to working in the esports industry but, as it earns UCAS points, it also provides a pathway to university study. There is also the opportunity to participate in organised competitions on a regular basis.


Why Study Esports with us?

At TRC we pride ourselves in having cutting edge esports facilities on site and staff who are motivated and invested in esports and gaming. Our Esports teachers come from a variety of backgrounds relating to esports, including coaching, computer sciences and competing to a high level in multiple esports titles. 

What will I study? 

What you study each year will depend on the choice of award you make. There is the option to take the subject as a single A Level equivalent (National Extended Certificate), a two A Level equivalent (Level 3 National Diploma in Esports) or a three A Level equivalent (Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Esports).  You are advised to take advice as to which option is best for you, based around your career/ university aspirations.

All students will study the units listed under the National Extended Certificate qualification and build on these depending on the size of course chosen. We aim to offer flexibility within some of the other choices available, wherever grouping makes this viable, but the typical offering is listed below.

Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Esports

Introduction to Esports 

Esports Skills, Strategies and Analysis 

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the Esports Industry

Health, Wellbeing and Fitness for Esports Players


Level 3 National Diploma in Esports

As above plus:

Esports Events (event planning)

Producing an Esports Brand 

Video Production


Nutrition for Esports Performance 


National Extended Diploma in Esports

All of the above plus:

Esports Coaching 

Psychology for Esports Performance 

Ethical and Current Issues in Esports

Sports and Esports Law and Legislation 

Launching Your Esports Enterprise

Games Design



There will be the opportunity for all students to regularly participate in a competitive Esports league. The current games being used by The British Sports Federation are:


League of Legends

Rocket League



Esports Society (TRC Cobras) – Wednesdays 

Esports students will also be able to join the esports society and help run the college eSports organisation while studying with us. Opportunities such as content creator, shout caster, social media manager, coach, stream production and more are available. These experiences will prepare you for work in industry and also give you an edge in your assignment work and CV to help you succeed. 


Study Visits and Trips 

Annual trip to the British Esports Federation Student Championship Finals (Nottingham). 

Potential for more trips based on UK Esports events and conventions. 

Visit to/speaker from Sheffield Hallam University and a local employer. 


Work Placement

We aim to be able to provide the opportunity to undertake a work placement in order to gain hands on experience, particularly for those interested in Esports as a future career.



Fully assessed by coursework.  No examinations.  


Entry Criteria

Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above in four different subjects including Grade 4 in English and Maths.


Useful Supporting Courses

Elements of the course would work well alongside courses such as Business Studies, Law, Sport or Media Studies but it can potentially be studied alongside a range of other subjects as it builds very useful skills in its own right. There is, of course, the option to take this as your only course if the Esports industry is an area of particularly strong interest for you.



The primary focus of the Pearson BTEC in Esports is on progressing to employment across a range of roles within esports. Jobs that are available in these areas include:

  • Esports coach / analyst  
  • Esports observer / referee 
  • Events organiser 
  • Shoutcaster / presenter 
  • Social media influencer / manager 
  • Video / live stream production editor  
  • Team Manager 
  • Product Manager 


Flying Start

Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.

Esports Flying Start



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