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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Do you enjoy gaming?

Do you love the idea of competitive gaming and the challenge of difficult games? Would you like an understanding of how the professional Esports industry works? Perhaps you’d like a career as a professional gamer or to study Esports at university?

Endorsed by The British Esports Association, the Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Esports will give you a solid foundation in understanding how the Esports industry works. The Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Esports is a career-focused course with industry endorsement that will enable you to develop your underpinning knowledge, technical and transferable skills and to gain experience in a variety of different sections of the Esports industry.

Studying for the Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Esports will allow you access to employment in a wider range of Esports areas. This qualification also offers you the opportunity to progress to further study and higher education.

Equivalent to one A-level, this Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Esports is designed to be studied alongside other A-levels or Level 3 qualifications as part of a two-year study programme. Complementary qualifications to support career progression are  Level 3 Nationals in Information Technology, Creative Media, Sport and Business.

If you would like to develop a range of skills within the Esports and related industries, then this is the qualification for you.


Entry requirements

Typically, you will have at least five GCSEs graded A*- C/ 9 - 4, including English Language and Maths. Alternatively you may have equivalent intermediate qualifications at Merit grade or above, along with GCSE grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.

Importantly, a university application will probably require five GCSEs graded C (4) or above, including both English Language and Maths GCSE at grade 4/C or above.

Course Content

The qualification is equivalent in size to one A-level.

You will study four mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Esports
  • Unit 2: Esports Skills, Strategies and Analysis
  • Unit 3: Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the Esports Industry
  • Unit 4: Health, Wellbeing and Fitness for Esports Players

The mandatory content allows you to develop your technical skills across the different unit areas. Performance in all units is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. These unit grades are then converted into points and added together to determine the overall grade for the qualification.

Whilst you will attend guided learning directed by tutors, you will also be expected to carry out private independent study and research as well as prepare and undertake assessments for each unit.

How will I be assessed?

There are no externally assessed units in this qualification.

All units are internally assessed via various methods:

  • assignments
  • practical projects
  • presentations
  • research activities

As assessments are internally assessed, they are subject to external standards verification processes.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

Further Study

You can progress to higher education degree programmes, such as
a BA (Hons) in Events Management, a BA (Hons) in Media or a BA (Hons) in Esports.


The primary focus of the Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Esports is to allow you to progress to employment across a range of roles.

Jobs that are available in these areas include:

• Esports player
• Team coach
• Social media influencer
• Data analyst.

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This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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James Radford

James Radford

Designs on a career in the creative industry

Former Media Studies learner James Radford is revelling in his first job with a creative agency. He has secured a role as a Production Assistant with Derby based Matchstick Design.
His main responsibility is to help ensure smooth work flow in the studio – taking briefs, dealing with suppliers and seeing jobs through to delivery. He’s also preparing images for use in wide ranging projects and assisting with research.
With further experience, he aims to take on a more senior role on the creative side of the business.

It’s my first job and I’m sure my time at Derby College helped me to get it. My studies gave me skills, confidence and knowledge of film, which helped a lot. I would definitely recommend the Media Studies course to other people interested in a career in the creative industry. It was the right choice for me: the standard of teaching was good and we covered the subjects I’m most interested in.


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