December 2022 Esports update

1 December 2022

Welcome to the December update!

In this update we have wonderful news for Esports from the 2022 Teaching Awards.

There is news from both Esports and BTEC as well as links to our delivery and assessment support pages.

May I wish you a relaxing winter break when the time comes.

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Kalam Neale

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2022 Teaching Awards

We are delighted to announce that Kalam Neale has won the 2022 Digital Innovator of the Year.  Kalam is Head of Education at British Esports and teaches Esports at Barnsley College.



Yorkshire Games Festival February 2023

The Yorkshire Festival celebrates games culture, design, and production with special industry guests and includes masterclasses, networking events,  free gameplay and workshops.

Find out more.




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



Esports+ (a digital teaching resource)

BTEC Esports+ is a new digital resource tailored to support learners who are studying the BTEC Nationals in Esports.

With content developed with the British Esports Federation, the resources are simple, modular, and reusable.

This online resource can give your learners knowledge, understanding, and skills to cover the learning hours of the initial units of the esports qualifications.

Units available

  • Introduction to Esports (mapped to Unit 1)
  • Esports Skills, Team Strategies and In-Game Analysis (mapped to Unit 2)

We also have some sample content from Unit 1.



News from Esports

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 European Parliament has passed a resolution recognising the value of the esports and video game industries, recommending a long-term strategy to support and fund the sectors.

Read more.

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.

Standardisation materials

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.


The 2022-2023 Guide is now available with details of sampling and programme control measures.

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

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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.

You can find out more in the document below.

Last month, Ofqual confirmed the subject content and assessment arrangements for qualifications in the following academic year (2022/23).

They confirmed that:

“For other qualifications, including vocational and technical qualifications taught alongside or instead of GCSEs, AS and A levels, a range of adaptations were permitted in academic year 2021 to 2022. […] Given that public health restrictions are no longer in place, these adaptations are no longer necessary for the academic year 2022 to 2023 onwards.”

This means our main adaptation of streamlined assessment will not be available in 2022/23, so you should plan to teach and assess the BTEC qualifications as normal.

Ofqual: Subject content and assessment arrangements 2022-2023



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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