Esports

September 2021 Esports update

September 2021 Esports update

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Welcome to the new school year. This update covers the mitigations that are being carried over for last year's mid-flight learners, as well as the streamlining mitigation which is in place in case of disruption during this academic year.

British Esports Student Championships

Level 1 Esports

Level 2 Esports

September 2021 Esports update

British Esports Student Championships

British Esports Student Championships

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The British Esports Student Championships are a series of competitive video gaming tournaments for school and college students aged 12+ in the UK. This update contains information about the Championships and guidance on how to register your centre.

Level 1 Esports

Level 2 Esports

September 2021 Esports update

British Esports Student Championships

Level 1 Esports

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.

Level 2 Esports

September 2021 Esports update

British Esports Student Championships

Level 1 Esports

Level 2 Esports

Level 2 Esports

Part of the Level 2 Skills suite, the Level 2 Esports qualifications come in three sizes (120, 240 and 360 glh). Units are all internally assessed. These Level 2 qualifications are not eligible for inclusion in DfE performance measures.

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Popular topics

Here are some topics which are featuring frequently in questions from teachers.

Esports is organised, competitive, human-versus-human video-gaming where people play against each other online and at live spectator events.

Esports is played by both amateurs and professionals and is open to all, regardless of gender, physical or mental ability.

Esports can be played on PCs, consoles and mobiles. Depending on the game, the format can be 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, 5v5, 6v6 and so on. At the top level, leading global teams and players can earn significant sums in wages and prize-money each year.

Esports can be team-based and is always played against another person or people, therefore it is more social and more beneficial than the stereotypical perceptions of solo video-gaming.

In the UK, esports is classified as a game, like chess and bridge, not a sport. In some other countries around the world, where ’mind’ games are classified differently, esports is recognised as a sport.

Would you like to sign up for an esports crash course to help you understand the industry and the qualification?

Sign up here

Where can Esports take you?  In Unit 1 Learning Aim C learners get a chance to explore this in detail and the documents below also provide information related to this.

The article below suggests that you might be able to help your learners develop their research skills by taking out a free institutional subscription to the Financial Times which provides them with free access to this resource.

Go to the article

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Some FAQs  
Will the centre requirements be checked by Pearson to ensure that they were in place?

When we visit* in the first year of delivery to support the QA process, we will want to see that you have sufficient resources to
give a good quality qualification experience for your learners.


*Different processes may be in place due to Covid-19.

We have PCs in our centre, but they don’t match the system requirements you have published. Can we still run the course?

Our published requirements are a recommendation because using
PCs without our recommended features could affect the game-play
experience of the learners and the overall quality of the course.
Some of the programmes that will be used will be harder on the
specs than the games themselves. However, this would not make
it impossible to run the course.

In applying for centre approval, you must commit to ensuring that
you have all the resources available that allow the qualification to
be delivered at the required level. If your centre is satisfied that
your PCs allow this then you are fulfilling this requirement.

Given that cross-play is possible, would it be possible to use Playstations and/or X-Boxes instead of or as well as PCs

Only Rocket League allows cross-play, and students could
potentially play this game competitively via cross-play. However,
we expect centres to enable students to play via a PC in order to
replicate the vocational norms in this sector.

Centres will also need to have PCs in order to complete many of
the course requirements, in particular the optional units (see
recommended PC specs in course requirements document for
details).

The three forms below will help you prepare the resources you will need to deliver the qualification.

  • Resource requirements: what you will need
  • Approvals checklist: a check that all resources are available
  • Approvals form: details of where to send your approval request.

 

We have templates, forms and guides to help you save time and fulfil your part in the BTEC assessment and verification process with ease.
You’re welcome to use your own forms and templates, but it may be worth referring to ours to ensure you’ve got the essentials covered.

Go to the assessment and verification forms

 

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Original learner evidence should be kept current, safe and secure for up to 12 weeks after learners have been certificated.

Following learner certification, assessment records (feedback sheets) and the associated internal verification documentation need to be kept for a minimum of three years.

This is taken from the BTEC Centre Guide to Internal Assessment which has a detailed section on retention of learner work and assessment records on pages 16 and 17.

Useful documents

Centre Guide to delivering esports at Level 1
Centre Guide to delivering esports at Level 1
pdf | 1013.5 KB
Specification - Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Esports
Specification - Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Esports
pdf | 1.9 MB
Level 3 National in Esports
Level 3 National in Esports
pdf | 2.5 MB
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BTEC Esports Centre Requirements
docx | 627.7 KB
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BTEC Esports Teacher Briefing Slides
pptx | 2.2 MB
BTEC Esports Careers Infographic
BTEC Esports Careers Infographic
pdf | 1.5 MB
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