November 2022 Esports update
Welcome to the November update!
In this update we have news of a Unit 5 webinar (BTEC Nationals) on 10 November as well as a look at how World Esports Day was celebrated by British Esports.
There is news from both Esports and BTEC as well as links to our delivery and assessment support pages.
British Esports is teaming up with College of Esports to host an online workshop on November 10th 2022 from 11am to 12 midday.
The webinar will consist of a talk from British Esports' head of education Kalam Neale about esports events, as well as some information from College of Esports on their undergraduate programmes.
To register your interest in attending, please email Kalam Neale at firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating World Esports Day 2022
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.
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.
- 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.
British Esports’ award winning Women in Esports initiative announced the launch of the Lioness Cup a few weeks ago, an ongoing series of free to enter competitive esports tournaments designed exclusively for women and marginalised genders aged 16+.
Standardisation materials from Unit 1 have now been uploaded to the qualification page.
BTEC Nationals Units 1 and 2
Standardisation materials from Units 1 and 2 have now been uploaded to the qualification page.
BTEC Nationals Unit 4
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?
The process for the registration and standardisation of LIVs remains the same as in previous years.
You can find a short video explaining how to register as LIV here.
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.
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.