April 2023 Esports update

3 April 2023

Welcome to the April update!

In this update we have the latest guidance from the JCQ regarding the use of AI in assessments.  This is likely to be very important for all teachers and learners and will probably give rise to discussions with your learners.

We also have the latest news from esports education, the level 3 reforms and BTEC assessment where you will find links to our new AABs for both our Level 3 and Level 2 Esports qualifications.

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AI Use in Assessments: Protecting the Integrity of Qualifications

On 28 March 2023, the Joint Council for qualifications published guidance about the use of artifical intelligence (AI) in assessments.

The JCQ AI Use in Assessments: Protecting the Integrity of Qualifications guidance is intended to provide teachers and assessors involved in delivering JCQ qualifications with the important information they need to manage the use of AI in assessments.

This guidance applies to all our qualifications including BTEC qualifications.

Please do take a look at this guidance.



Ofqual Student Guide 2023

This guide provides students with information about this year’s arrangements for qualifications regulated by Ofqual (which includes BTEC qualifications).





Pearson esports podcast

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Esports podcasts

Episode 1 – Grants and Funding for Esports Equipment

Episode 2 Part 1 – The Commonwealth, Careers and Qualifications

Episode 2 Part 2 – Teaching Pedagogy, Constellation Thinking, Safeguarding

Episode 3 – Steven English, Director of Esports at Williams Racing

Episode 4 – ‘IDEA’ – Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Accessibility in Esports



News from Esports

Thoughts on why esports is important within an educational institute and what you can do to introduce esports to your students.


The Esports in Education Summit in Nottingham last month saw a 42% increase in unique institutions attending.

Videos of the panels from the event are now available to watch back.

With the Women in Esports committee recently expanding, the initiative is continuing to grow and blossom.

But, who are the people behind the Women in Esports committee?

British Esports Content Manager Bryony-Hope Green was interviewed about her time with the initiative, and her journey into the industry.

Read the interview.

Nik Turner has written this guide to help you get started in delivering a BTEC qualification in Esports.

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Sunderland College and British Esports have been working together in a partnership which aims to make Sunderland a global hub for esports.

The College of Esports is the world's first university-level institution dedicated to esports.

Undergraduate courses lead to

  • BA (Hons) International Esports Business
  • BA (Hons) International Esports Business & Digital Media
  • BA (Hons) Esports Coaching & Management
  • BA (Hons) International Esports Business & Digital Marketing
  • BA (Hons) International Esports Business & Events Management

Blog: 10 ways players can improve their health, wellbeing and performance.

There are many benefits that esports can provide for individuals, but how can players maximise their potential?

Read the blog



The Level 3 reforms

This page provides an overview of the reforms and will be updated as and when new information becomes available.

As part of the Level 3 Vocational Qualification reforms we would like to invite you to help influence the next generation of BTEC Nationals. We want to ensure we capture the teacher and learner voice in our qualifications and support materials.

This is your opportunity to have your say and get involved.

BTEC National in Esports briefing session: latest developments around the reforms at Level 3

23 May 2023 at 16:00 - 18:00 GMT

This event will provide you with the latest information on developments around the reforms at Level 3 and will also provide an opportunity to get your views and insight to help us shape our qualification(s) and support offer in ways that best meet you and your learners’ needs.

The sessions will be managed by the sector team leading on the redevelopment of our qualifications at Level 3 and will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions. This event is for UK centres only.

Please register on the training page and use the 'BTEC Nationals' filter to help you find the events.

The funding guides below for 16-19 year olds give you a comprehensive view of funding for 2022/23 – 2024/25. This will give you clarity on how the recent updates on funding for BTEC Level 3 affect your centre and learners.

These guides take us up to the cohort starting in September 2024.

Please note that the situation in England, Northern Ireland and Wales is not necessarily the same for all sectors so please do check the correct file.

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So, you can continue to teach your BTECs in Esports with confidence in 2023/24 and 2024/25. Learners will be funded until completion for any courses they start.

For 2025 and beyond, we are working through the implications for each of our BTEC qualifications in all sector suites and we will update all our centres where there are any changes to content, availability, and funding for BTECs.



BTEC Assessment

We now have a full set of Authorised Assignment Briefs for the BTEC Nationals in Esports

We now have new schemes of learning to fill in the gaps in the schemes of work so that every unit is now covered.

Schemes of work: units 1-7, 11-12, 14, 17-18

Schemes of learning: 8-10, 13, 15-16, 19-20

We now have a full set of Authorised Assignment Briefs for the BTEC Level 2 in Esports

The teaching, learning and assessment page for 2022-23 will keep you up to date with the latest news and information to support you delivering BTEC qualifications. 

The BTEC Centre Guide to Standards verification includes information about

  • the allocation of a Standards Verifier
  • the BTEC Standards Verification Control Measures
  • how sampling works and sample sizes
  • accessing the SV report
  • claiming Grades Post-Standards Verification
The key dates are provided below.
2023 timelines for SV

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Once a learner has completed all units, you can report the learner's achievement and make the overall award claim to receive the relevant certification document.

Standardisation materials from Unit 1 have now been uploaded to the qualification page.

Standardisation materials from Units 1 and 2 have now been uploaded to the qualification page.

Did you have learners who certificated in the 2021/2022 Academic Year on the BTEC National Esports Qualifications?

They have an opportunity to become the first learners to ever claim the BTEC Esports digital badge - and it's free.

Find out more.



Go to the delivery support page

Here you will find links to delivery guides, past training content, guidance on resources, how to keep up to date with BTEC, and the benefits of Esports to learners.

Go to the assessment support page

Here you will find links to assignment briefs, standardisation materials, the Assignment Checking Service and quality assurance guides.  


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