February 2023 Esports update

1 February 2023

Welcome to the February update!

The Centre Guide to Standards Verification covers much of the administration necessary this term and the key dates timeline is taken from the guide. 

You are invited to join a briefing at the end of February or early March which may answer some of your questions about what will happen to BTEC qualifications from September 2025.  There is also a reminder about a range of Esports podcasts which may be of interest.

We hope that you will enjoy the half-term break when it comes.

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Standards Verification

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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Post 16 Level Reforms - what does it mean for BTEC?

On 10 January 2023 the DfE published the latest news about the reform of post-16 level 3 vocational qualifications in England. This event will provides you with an overview of these reforms, and what we know so far about what they will mean for you and your post-16 level 3 vocational curriculum. The reforms do mean that the qualifications landscape will change for you and your learners over the coming years. These events will be updated with further details as soon as we confirm which new qualifications we are developing, and we will be inviting all schools and colleges to get involved to inform these new developments. We will also provide you with all the support you need to make any changes necessary to your curriculum in the future as the result of these reforms.

  • 28 February 15.00-15-45
  • 2 March 15.00-15.45
  • 3 March 9.30-10.15
Please register on the training page and use the 'BTEC Nationals' filter to help you find the events.



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



BTEC Esports and inclusivity

Jack “Xtinct” talks about his own personal experiences with starting out on the esports BTEC and being involved in the Student Champs as a person with cerebral palsy.

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News from Esports

The British Esports annual event, the Esports in Education Summit, will return on February 10th 2023.  

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

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.

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 number of games businesses active in the UK has reached a record high, according to new figures released by Ukie for the re-launch of the UK Games Map.

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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.


Kalam Neale

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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.




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. 

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.

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.

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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