May 2022 Esports update

5 May 2022

The two roadshow events are nearly upon us (9 and 12 May) so do hurry and book a place!

In Esports news we have a new blog from Nik Turner about Unit 2 (BTEC Nationals)  and a new video.  There is also more news on the future of Level 3

In the May update

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Go to the delivery support page

Here you will find links to delivery guides including advice for 2021-2022, 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, the Assignment Checking Service, quality assurance guides and information about streamlined assessment for 2021-2022.

Pearson BTEC and British Esports Association Virtual Roadshow 2022

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This virtual roadshow is designed to focus on the BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in Esports. The primary purpose of this Virtual Roadshow is to provide a collaborative experience for teachers/lecturers, heads of department, assessors and IVs, where they can share:

- good practice in course design and delivery

- ideas to support effective teaching, learning and assessment

- teaching resources, assessment strategies and methods

- course management insights for delivery.


The session will be facilitated by members of the BTEC Esports sector team, the Senior Standards Verifier for BTEC Esports and colleagues from the British Esports Association who will provide a brief update on all relevant qualifications prior to the collaborative time.


These events, and the qualifications covered, are suitable for UK Centres ONLY.

Pearson has reviewed the format and content of all its training events to ensure the security of its examinations.

9 May, 15.00-17.00 designed for centres new to delivering Esports.  Register here.

12 May, 15.00-17.00 designed for centres with experience delivering Esports.  Register here


Be The Future 2022 - 10 June

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The 2022 Be The Future challenge is to create a social enterprise idea that addresses a social or environmental issue, such as poverty, climate change or inequality. Learners are encouraged to submit ideas for a social enterprise that could work to resolve these issues.

Submissions will be categorised by learners' Key Stage.

World Environment Day is on 5 June and the Be The Future challenge might be an engaging activity to do with your learners around this time. #Only One Earth

The entry deadline is 10 June.

Go to the 2022 Be The Future page


Esports news

Another blog from Nik Turner, lecturer, consultant and teacher of esports.

The Beast (unit 2)

Catch up on previous blogs:

The Wow Factor

 Time to stop talking!

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We have started a dropbox folder where teaching materials might be shared.  Here you will find some case studies (mainly for Unit 1) which have been written from adapted Financial Times articles.

If you wish to contribute any materials please do send them to us so that they can be shared with other teachers.

Go to the Esports dropbox


BTEC news

If you have candidates that are applying for university (via UCAS) or you follow the academic year, please enter these claims by the 5th July each year.

For all other learners that have completed the course and are not applying to attend a university, please enter the claim as soon as possible to ensure timely receipt of certificates.

Please retain evidence that was used to support a Teacher Assessed Grade for six months after the issue of the result, or the conclusion of any complaint, malpractice investigation or appeal in relation to that result, whichever is later. This is line with Ofqual’s regulatory requirements.

These online events in June will talk through the quality assurance cycle for 2022/23, and look at the new centre guides to support you through the process.

We will also give you an opportunity to discuss with colleagues what's worked well this year and what you will be looking to develop in 2022/23.

Events are split by suite i.e. we are offering separate events for the redeveloped Tech Awards being rolled out in schools with effect from September 2022.

Places are limited to one per centre and the events can be booked via the QN Hub (under live events).

Go to the QN Hub

The PQA team now have a selection of both online ‘live’ events and pre-recorded 'on-demand' sessions for you and your teams to access.

The BTEC Quality Assurance page has details of all events.

Book a place on a forthcoming event.

These FAQs should help support you as you deliver BTEC qualifications during 2021/22.

Go to the FAQs

It is now possible to report Streamlined Assessments on Edexcel Online.

Go to the guidance document (PDF | 1,030 KB)

The information previously published on streamlining is on the assessment support page.

Some BTEC Schools and Colleges have raised questions with their BTEC Standards Verifiers regarding sampling. In order to help support you in working together during the standards verification window, we hope the following question and answers provides the clarification you need:

A programme in our centre has been allocated for Enhanced Control sampling but we cannot provide two units this year. What will my Standards Verifier (SV) sample?

If certification is required in summer 2022 and you are delivering a second unit this year outside of the sampling window, then permission for a late sample may be granted, providing this can take place by 30 June 2022. The SV can also sample a unit from Year 1 of the programme, providing it has not been certificated, previously sampled in 2020/21, or subject to U-TAG Quality Assurance.

If certification is required in summer 2022 and there is only one unit available to sample due to the qualification size, then the SV will sample that unit.

If certification is not required in summer 2022, the SV will sample what is available as an ‘Not Yet Fully Sampled’ (NYFS) sample.

Due to our assessment plan, we are unable to provide a full unit for sampling until after the sampling window. Will a sample still need to take place?

Firstly, the SV will enquire as to whether you can amend your assessment plan to ensure a full unit is available within the sampling window. This is the best way for us to ensure secure certification for your learners, and your consideration is appreciated. Understandably, this may not be possible and the SV will not insist that you do so.

The SV can also sample a unit from Year 1 of the programme providing it has not been certificated, previously sampled in 2020/21, or subject to a U-TAG.

In exceptional circumstances, and only where possible, permission for a late sample may be granted, providing this can take place by 30 June 2022. Any sampling undertaken past this date may result in delays to certification.

We are running the first year of the programme (so no certificating learners) but are assigned Enhanced Control. There is only one component/unit available for sampling. What will the SV sample?

If it is the first year of the programme and no certification is required, the SV will sample the one unit/component available and set the report to ‘Not Yet Fully Sampled’ (NYFS) .

We do not have any units available for sampling due to U-TAGs and/or streamlined assessment. What will the SV sample?

This scenario would only occur on smaller sized qualifications. If certification is not required, sampling will be deferred until next year. Centres in this situation will have had Pearson Quality Assurance of their U-TAG judgements earlier this academic year.

If certification is required, the SV can sample a unit from Year 1 of the programme providing it has not been certificated or previously fully sampled in 2020/21. They are also able to sample the streamlined component/unit if a Year 1 unit is unavailable.

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The future of Level 3

The Higher Education Policy Institute ( has published a new paper, Holding Talent Back? What is next for the future of Level 3?

11 different authors consider the Government’s controversial reforms to Level 3 qualifications, including BTECs.

The Government has confirmed that many Applied General qualifications can continue to play a role in the Level 3 landscape, with ‘significantly less than half’ defunded. The Rt Hon. the Lord (David) Willetts suggests in his Foreword that the issue is which qualifications ‘will survive [by the end of all these reforms] and how many students will be able to study them.’

Collectively, the chapters argue that England risks closing off a useful and proven route for students from a wide range of backgrounds, including those hoping to reach higher education.

The authors also argue that the new T Levels, which are designed to sit place alongside A Levels, are welcome but still need to prove themselves. The report argues their success should not rest on shutting off tried-and-tested options that are popular with employers, higher education institutions and students.

Holding Talent Back?

In November 2021, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that the original implementation timetable will be set back by one year.

This means that the phased removal of funding for BTECs that overlap with T Levels, and the phased introduction of the new Level 3 ‘Academic’ and ‘Technical’ qualifications will start from 2024/25 rather than 2023/24.

Please be reassured that

  • you can continue to teach your BTECs with confidence in 2022/23 and 2023/24 and only some BTEC qualifications will be affected in 2024/25
  • learners will be funded until completion for any courses they start.

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.


Our qualifications


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                               BTEC Nationals Esports


The BTEC Nationals qualifications in Esports are available as

  • an Extended Certificate (360 glh).
  • a Foundation Diploma (540 glh),
  • a Diploma (720 glh),
  • an Extended Diploma (1080 glh)

These qualifications have no external assessment, are elgible for UCAS points but are not eligible for inclusion in performance measures.

Go to the qualification page.

For information about delivery and resources please go to the delivery support page.

For information about assessment including 2021-2022 assessment mitigation (streamlined assessment), please go to the assessment support page.



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                              Level 2 Esports

The BTEC Level 2 Skills qualifications in Esports are available as

  • an Award (120 glh).
  • a Certificate (240 glh),
  • a Diploma (360 glh).

These qualifications have no external assessment and are not eligible for inclusion in performance measures.

They are ideal qualifications for learners intending to progress to further education at level 3 or to an apprenticeship within esports and related industries.

Go to the qualification page.

For information about delivery and resources please go to the delivery support page.

For information about assessment including 2021-2022 assessment mitigation (streamlined assessment), please go to the assessment support page.



Level 1 Esports

Esports can be delivered at level 1 by changing the context of units within our Vocational Studies qualifications. All units are internally assessed. Centres will need to follow the rules for vocational studies i.e. cover the required mandatory units and correct number of sector units depending on the size of the qualification. - please refer to the specification for guidance.

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