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Subject update | 1 March 2023

March 2023 Esports update

Welcome to the March update!

With the Level 3 reforms in mind, we are very keen to invite you to join the BTEC Nationals Research community and there is a link at the bottom of the first item below which allows you to sign up.  We also now have a page dedicated to the Level 3 reforms and a couple of events early in the month on the future of BTEC.

At the end of the month there will be an Esports feature at Bett if you are able to attend.  You might even be able to get a free ticket if you apply before 3 March.

We hope that when the Easter holiday comes you will be able to enjoy a rest.

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BTEC Nationals Level 3 Research Community  

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.



Women in Esports

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.



Pearson esports podcast

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Esports podcasts

Episode 1 – Grants and Funding for Esports Equipment

Episode 2 Part 1 – The Commonwealth, Careers and Qualifications

Episode 2 Part 2 – Teaching Pedagogy, Constellation Thinking, Safeguarding

Episode 3 – Steven English, Director of Esports at Williams Racing

Episode 4 – ‘IDEA’ – Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Accessibility in Esports



News from Esports

The Esports feature at Bett is back, bigger and better than ever and a must-see at the event!

Bett UK takes place at ExCel in London on 29-31 March 2023.

Get your FREE ticket before 3 March.

Jack “Xtinct” talks about his own personal experiences with starting out on the esports BTEC and being involved in the Student Champs as a person with cerebral palsy.

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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 College of Esports is the world's first university-level institution dedicated to esports.

Undergraduate courses lead to

  • BA (Hons) International Esports Business
  • BA (Hons) International Esports Business & Digital Media
  • BA (Hons) Esports Coaching & Management
  • BA (Hons) International Esports Business & Digital Marketing
  • BA (Hons) International Esports Business & Events Management

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



The Level 3 reforms

This page provides an overview of the reforms and will be updated as and when new information becomes available.

On 10 January 2023 the DfE published the latest news about the reform of post-16 level 3 vocational qualifications in England. This event will provides you with an overview of these reforms, and what we know so far about what they will mean for you and your post-16 level 3 vocational curriculum. The reforms do mean that the qualifications landscape will change for you and your learners over the coming years. These events will be updated with further details as soon as we confirm which new qualifications we are developing, and we will be inviting all schools and colleges to get involved to inform these new developments. We will also provide you with all the support you need to make any changes necessary to your curriculum in the future as the result of these reforms.

  • 2 March 15.00-15.45
  • 3 March 9.30-10.15
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.

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

Standardisation materials from Units 1 and 2 have now been uploaded to the qualification page.

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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