October 2022 Esports update

14 October 2022

Welcome to the October update!

In this update we have news of a digital badge for the BTEC National Esports qualification as well as a digital teaching resource for Units 1 and 2 on the BTEC Nationals.

There are links to standardisation materials for both Levels 2 and 3 as well as news from both Esports and BTEC.

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Claim a BTEC Esports digital badge for your 2021-2022 learners!

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.

A Getting Started Guide

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

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Esports+ (a digital teaching resource)

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.

BTEC Nationals

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?

Read the blog

BTEC Level 2 Esports

Standardisation materials from Unit 1 have now been uploaded to the qualification page.

News from Esports

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+.

This piece looks at esports programmes in US schools.

Read about esports in US schools

BTEC News

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.

Ofqual: Subject content and assessment arrangements 2022-2023

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.

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, the Assignment Checking Service and quality assurance guides.  

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