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The BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Esports will allow you to study Esports in a professional vocational sports setting based at Leyton Orient Football Club.

This Diploma is designed to equip you with the necessary skills for a career within the Esports Industry. Students will gain an understanding of this industry in general and an insight into the various career options available.

The course is scheduled for 3-4 days per week and will be a mixture of theory and practical lessons.

Leyton Orient Trust have links with the local College of Esports based in the Velodrome in Strafford and the English Football League Trust.

With several other Premier and National league football clubs running BTEC Esports provision, there will be exciting opportunities to link with other gamers, all around the country.

  • Sector Overview

    The Video Game Industry has grown massively over the last two decades and is worth significantly more than the Music and Film Industries combined. Competitive gaming has now evolved to develop a credible Esports scene with top prize pools reaching $30 million (Dota 2 TI and Fortnite World Cup).

    The Esports scene has not only opened the opportunity for competitive gamers but also statisticians, journalists, presenters, sound and media crew, coaches, event planners and marketeers.

    This is an industry that looks set to continue growing and the international Esports scene is expected to grow alongside it.

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for this course are:

    • 4 GCSEs at Grade 2 (E) or above including maths and English
    • Assessment and interview

    If required, you will study GCSE or Functional Skills maths and/or English alongside your course so you can progress onto the next level.

  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following modules:

    • Esports games, teams and tournaments
    • Establishing an esports organisation
    • Streaming for esports
    • Plan for an esports event
    • Start an enterprise in esports
    • Design an esports game
    • Positive health and well-being in esports
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Practical skills
    • Internal assessments
    • Internal synopitc assessment
  • Enrichment

    Esports students will receive 6 hours of gaming as part of their enrichment programme. We are looking to be working in partnership with the local College of Esports degree provider and other English Football League club esports providers around the country.

    There will be an opportunity to take part in the British Esports Students Champs, the only PC based competition of its kind in the UK that hosts 370 teams from over 140 schools and colleges.

  • Work Experience

    You must complete 36 hours (1 week) of external work placement which is an essential part of the programme. Some of the opportunities will include placements with employers such as gaming partners in the local area, including a partnership with Sports Interactive (creators of Football Manager).

  • Progression opportunities

    The completion of this course will allow you to progress onto

    • Esports Level 3
  • Alumni

    Waltham Forest College is a vibrant and aspirational college and will support you to reach your career aspirations. Last year 96% of learners progressed onto a positive destination either to higher levels of study, employment, or an Apprenticeship.

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