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Course Code: ECES3

Level: 3
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: Pearson
Qualification: Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: Two to three days a week, 9.00am - 5.00pm

About the course

Are you part of the esports culture and want to improve your streaming techniques and layouts?
Do you want to learn about the business of competitive gaming and event marketing? Do you want to organise your own event?

ESports is one of the fastest growing businesses in the world and City College Plymouth has teamed up with Plymouth Argyle Football Club to offer this exciting opportunity to start your career. From small beginnings a couple of decades ago the business is now generating income in excess of the film industry.

And yet, there’s still room for plenty of expansion.

Esports has become popular because of the following reasons:
● esports is just like any other sport
● the accessibility and inclusiveness of gaming
● the diversity of games
● the quality of video games
● video games are addictive
● gaming is a social activity
● legitimate career opportunities.

This new and exciting course will teach you about the technical set up that is required to deliver esports events, along with public relations skills to promote the events. You will also learn how to add hype and excitement through casting and hosting – skills that are in demand across the sector. Finally, you’ll have the chance to compete in esports leagues, testing your skills against the best in the country.

This qualification is endorsed by The British Esports Association as being suitable for those wanting to work in the industry. This means that it will be recognised by employers and will support entry into this industry in a range of roles.

What you'll learn

The course covers the following modules …

Year 1

  • Introduction to Esports
  • Esports Skills, Strategies and Analysis
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the Esports Industry
  • Health, Wellbeing and Fitness for Esports Players
  • Producing an Esports Brand
  • Esports Coaching
  • Psychology for Esports Performance

Year 2

  • Esports Events
  • Shoutcasting
  • Game Design
  • Video Production
  • Ethical and Current Issues in Esports
  • Sports and Esports Law and Legislation
  • Nutrition for Esports Performance
  • Live-streamed Broadcasting
Entry requirements

In order to be successful on this course you will need to have two or more of the below:

  • a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include maths and English language along with at least two other relevant subjects
  • a level 2 diploma (merit) in a relevant subject (games development, computing, sport, media etc)
  • relevant experience/documented evidence as a competitive gamer (participation in tournament-style event competitions)
  • a strong interest in competitive gaming that you can demonstrate at interview.

All of our modules are assessed through online and in-class coursework.

You may be asked to present the findings of your own research, use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations, carry out projects for which you have a choice over the direction and outcomes or demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate processes.

What's next?

This course is intended for those wanting to progress directly to employment in the esports industry and other related industries. There are a wide variety of career opportunities in the esports industry, including:

  • shoutcaster/host
  • coach/analyst
  • journalist/content creator
  • PR/marketing executive
  • product manager
  • admin/referee
  • community/social manager
  • broadcast/production crew
  • event manager
  • other gaming careers (developers, publishers etc).

The breadth of optional content in this qualification allows students to widen their opportunities to progress on to a number of different higher education courses such as a Foundation Degree in Game Design and Production or VR and 3D Art after you have successfully completed this course. You may also be able to progress to a university such as Staffordshire, which offers a BA (Hons) in Esports.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: ECES3

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £2200

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.