Sports: Esports Level 2 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course commences in September 2020 and will be completed in one year.

Entry requirements

  • A keen interest and willingness to be involved within the Esports industry
  • Two GCSEs grade 4/C or above
  • You will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check along with initial assessments in English and maths

You will achieve

  • Award in Esport Industry Knowledge
  • Level 2 Award in Improving Personal Exercise, Health and Nutrition
  • Functional Skills Maths and English / GCSE Maths and English


Course overview

Esports (electronic sports) is competitive video gaming. Tournaments usually involve amateur or professional gamers competing against one another. We can prepare you for a career in Esports.

This one-year full-time course provides an in-depth study of the sector, supporting progression to Level 3 and employment in key areas of the industry such as: Business, Finance, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Coaching, Leadership, Event Management, Production and Journalism, along with an understanding and appreciation of the positive benefits of Esports. These include the development of teamwork, communication, leadership skills, confidence building, decision-making, reaction times, reading comprehension skills, cyber skills, dexterity and concentration.

We have excellent facilities that are tailored to the development of Esport, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship including a dedicated Esports Arena and a state-of-the-art classroom environment that provides a unique experience for you to get a feel for business expectations within the industry. There is also the opportunity to be involved in our Esports Academy which competes in the British Esports Association Championships.

Course content

Core modules:

  • Esports Business
  • Practical Gaming
  • Esports Tournament Organisation
  • Gaming Citizenship
  • Personal Exercise
  • Health and Nutrition

Assessment will occur continually throughout the programme. You will have unit assignments to complete and will be assessed on your practical ability and application of theory. You will have time-constrained assessments, written assignments, oral presentations, professional discussions and group work. Each individual unit and the full award are graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

During practical sessions, kit will consist of an Esports Programme t-shirt along with formal wear appropriate to the Esports business industry. Non-regulation clothing and footwear is not permitted. Students will also require ring-binders, writing materials, paper, stationery, core textbooks and an external storage device.

Barnsley Esports Academy clothing can be purchased from the Honeywell Sport Centre.

Honeywell Sports Campus
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

On completion of this programme, you could apply for our Level 3 courses within the Esport, Sport, Business and Leisure industries. Alternatively, students will have gained a range of skills throughout the programme that are recognised by employers and may wish to pursue immediate careers with employers or apprenticeship providers.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths  we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Sports: Esports Level 2 Full-time

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