Summary of course
Be at the cutting edge of one of the fastest growing industries out there. The world of competitive gaming is an international phenomenon with millions of fans and lots of money to be made.
This new course will focus on the business side of Esports - it is not a course focused on playing video games. You will be setting up Esports tournaments in our brand new purpose built Esports Arena in our new Digital Academy. You will focus on marketing your events through a range of digital platforms, as well as broadcasting tournaments on streaming platforms such as Twitch.
In addition, you will also develop your video production skills, manning cameras and sound equipment as well as working in the control room using a vision mixer to broadcast professional looking tournaments. Your video production skills will also be used to create edited promotional material to post to a range of digital platforms to promote your events.
You will need to be a confident communicator in order to essentially 'sell' your Esports events and widen your audience. In addition, you will also be developing your skills as an Esports commentator, or Shoutcaster.
Delivery methods will include practical workshop sessions in our PC suites with industry standard software. Classroom-based theory sessions are supported by IT and computer-based research and educational visits to industry trade fairs and other Esports industry-related events. There will also be the opportunity to get a better understanding of the world of work through work experience opportunities, where possible.
After studying the new Level 3 Esports at Northampton College you will have the opportunity to further your aspirations by progression on to university or into the work place with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make your mark in the eSports world.
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
- Introduction to Esports
- Esports Skills, Strategies and Analysis
- Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the Esports Industry
- Health, Wellbeing and Fitness for Esports Players
- Esports Events
- Live-streamed Broadcasting
- Video Production
- Games Design
- Business Applications of Esports in Social Media
- Esports Coaching
- Ethical and Current Issues in Esports
- Sports and Esports Law and Legislation
- Customer Immersion Experiences
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
How is the course assessed?
This course is assessed through:
- practical assignments, internally assessed
- written assignments, internally assessed
Your Study Programme
If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.
Who is this course for?
This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in working in marketing, social media or working in the Esports industry or progressing to a higher level (HND and/or degree level) and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in Esports.
Progression and Career Opportunities
Due to the competitive nature of this field, the majority of students studying games design progress on to University to specialise within their chosen field. Following obtaining a degree or HND, students can move in to the following roles: Esports Caster, Esports Commentator, Game Analyst and Esports Social Media Executives.
Entry Requirements for new students
Four GCSEs at Grade 4-5 [C] or above including English Language and Maths, or a Level 2 Diploma in Media/Games Design with English Language and Maths (GCSEs at Grade 4 [C] or Functional Skills Level 1)
Once you've submitted your application online, you will need to attend a course interview.
Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, all interviews will take place by telephone so, you'll receive a call from one of our teachers.
We have asked them to call you within 1-3 weeks and they will usually make the calls after school hours.
This call will take between 5 and 10 minutes, the teacher will give you information about the course and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. It's probably worth making a note of these beforehand so you don't miss out on something important.
It's nothing you need to worry about. Our teachers just want to hear that you're ready to take the next step in your studies and are making the right choice.
After the course interview, we'll send you a conditional offer by email or provide alternative advice.
General Info (materials required for the course)
Students will be expected to purchase some basic equipment relevant to the course. This will be conveyed to them in the form of a kit list, sent via email during the summer before they enrol.
There may be opportunities to go on trips throughout the year, the cost of these will be discussed with students ahead of time.