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Level: 2

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

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 a career as a professional gamer or an understanding of how the professional Esports industry works?

If you would like to develop a range of skills within the Esports and related industries, then this is the Level 2 qualification for you.

Endorsed by The British Esports Association, it is ideal if you are looking to progress to employment in the Esports industry, possibly via an apprenticeship in a related industry. Or, if you have aspirations to progress to further education, this course will help you to start that journey.

The qualification will give you a solid foundation in understanding how the Esports industry works. It is a career-focused course with industry endorsement, enabling you to develop your underpinning knowledge, technical and transferable skills and to gain experience in a variety of different sections of the Esports industry.

Entry requirements

Typically, you will have at least four GCSEs at a grade 3/D including English Language and Maths.

Alternatively you may have equivalent intermediate qualifications at Merit grade or above, along with GCSE grade 3/D in English Language and Maths.

Course Content

Upon taking this qualification you will study four mandatory units:

• Unit 1: Esports Games, Teams and Tournaments
• Unit 2: Establishing an Esports Organisation
• Unit 3: Streaming for Esports
• Unit 4: Plan an Esports Event

The mandatory content will allow you to develop your technical skills across the different unit areas, supported by underpinning knowledge.

All assessment relates to the Esports industry. Communication skills are developed throughout the units, and can also enhance your broader skills in ICT, while literacy and numeracy skills are also developed throughout.

How will I be assessed?

While 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.

All units are assessed through internal assessment. Internal assessment is through assignments that are subject to external standards verification.

Unit 4: Plan an Esports Event provides the main synoptic assessment.

This synoptic assessment is designed to take place towards the end of the course and draws on all that you have learnt throughout your course of study. It takes the form of a vocational activity: for this you will be required to Plan for an Esports Event. By completing this synoptic unit, you will study how to develop a plan for an Esports event, pitch the plan to an audience and use feedback to revise the plan.


You must achieve all units and their associated assessments at Pass grade or above to gain the qualification.


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Taking this qualification could lead to progression to Level 3 qualifications in Esports, Information Technology, Creative Media, Sport, Enterprise and
Entrepreneurship, or Business.


Successful completion of this qualification will also ensure you are fully prepared to progress to an apprenticeship in a related sector, for example in events, digital marketing or creative media.

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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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