July 2024 Esports update | Pearson qualifications

July 2024 Esports update

28 June 2024

Welcome to this July 2024 update.

This last update of the year includes a reminder about the claiming deadline as well as a funding update.

When the end of term finally comes, I hope that you are able to enjoy a restful summer break.

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Key dates

Date Event
5 July Deadline to make BTEC claims for summer 2024 certification. Late claiming fees could be incurred for Level 3 qualifications after this date.
15 August Level 3 Results Day: release of Level 3 results to learners.
22 August Level 2 Results Day: release of Level 2 results to learners.

5 July claiming deadline

You must make all BTEC certification claims for learners expecting to receive a result in August 2024 by 5 July. This includes BTEC Tech Awards where you should make a certification claim by submitting a cash-in by the 5 July.

If claims are made after the 5 July, we can’t guarantee that learners will receive results on time. For any late claims made for BTEC Level 3, where learners are still expecting a result in August, you may be liable for a £100 administration fee per learner registration that misses the claiming deadline.


Funding - England


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Funding - Northern Ireland and Wales 


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Teaching Esports 

For help with:

  • delivery support 
  • the Esports learner and teacher

For help with:

  • assessment support
  • grade statistics

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

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Catch up on the latest education news from British Esports

Pearson and the British Esports Federation have launched the first Internationally recognised Higher National BTEC Qualifications in Esports at Level 4 and Level 5.

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC, equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree) and the Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND, equivalent to the second year of an undergraduate degree) offer students a clear progression pathway into the esports industry or wider creative industries.

International centres have already begun delivering these qualifications, with the UK set to begin delivery from September 2024.

The Esports Leadership Programme offers the first-ever esports qualifications tailored for individuals aged 11 and above.

Esports news

The Global Esports Federation has named Lima, Peru, as host of the Global Esports Games 2025.

College of Esports Open Days give you a chance to find out more about what it is like being a student there.

The National Esports Performance Campus (NEPC) is a multi-site entertainment and education complex located in Sunderland.

NEPC is the home of British Esports and provides access to state-of-the-art equipment, training, and investment.  The facility offers luxury accommodation for esports bootcamps, providing a comfortable and focused environment for players.  The campus boasts cutting-edge technology, including a 100-seater esports arena, training rooms, and broadcast facilities.

The Level 2 and 3 reforms

The current level 3 reforms for post 16 education in England mean that the BTEC Esports suite of qualifications is due to be defunded in July 2026. We have worked closely with our partner, British Esports Federation and government organisations to understand what reformed qualifications could be developed to support the growing esports industry in the UK, and therefore the growing demand for education, giving suitable progression for learners into this industry.

Pearson have the only esports qualifications available at level 3, but these changes will apply to ALL awarding organisations from September 2026.

You can confidently recruit learners on the BTEC L2 and L3 for the academic years 24/25 and 25/26, learners registered before the 31 July 2026 will be funded for their chosen qualification.

To develop qualifications to be funded from August 2026, qualifications need to meet specific funding criteria and subject areas, which currently, esports does not meet.

We are working in partnership with the British Esports Federation, to work through the L3 and L2 reforms around esports, to give the best possible opportunities for learners.

If you would like to attend a briefing to hear more about future delivery options, please complete this form for us to invite you.

Although very early in the reforms programme, we do have two new pages where new AAQ and technical qualifications will be featured.

The post-16 Level 2 vocational qualifications landscape in England is undergoing a significant reform.

To keep you informed, we have created a dedicated webpage providing an overview of the reforms, detailing what we know so far, and explaining the implications for you and your post-16 Level 2 curriculum.

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


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