May 2023 Esports update

27 April 2023

Welcome to the May update!

The article featured just under the key dates section argues that esports belongs in the 16-18 curriculum of every school and college.  Definitely worth a read!

If you haven't read 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.  There is a link to the guidance in the BTEC assessment section.

We also have the latest news from esports education, the level 3 reforms and BTEC assessment as well as the links to the Esports delivery and assessment support pages.

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Key dates

2023 timelines for SV

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Esports and education: a vital subject for 16-18-year-olds

Esports offers numerous opportunities for young people. In particular, the intersection of esports and education has the potential to provide 16-18-year-olds with valuable skills and experiences that can benefit them in a variety of ways.

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News from Esports

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 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

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.

On 28 March, JCQ released a document which provides teachers and assessors with the information they need to manage use of AI in assessments. This guidance applies to all our qualifications including vocational qualifications.

Important points to note:

  • centres should explain the importance of students submitting their own independent work
  • centres should ensure that teachers and assessors are familiar with AI tools and their risks
  • centres should consider communications with parents/carers to make them aware of AI
  • students must acknowledge use of AI when used
  • misuse of AI tools is malpractice.

Within the document, there is a list of potential indicators of AI use that may help identify work where students have misused AI.

Please do take a look at this guidance.

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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