Course Information

What can you expect from an esports qualification?

Here are some of the units on offer at the Burnley Esports Elite BTEC

Introduction To Esports

The esports industry is growing exponentially in the UK and globally but it is organised and classified differently in each country. Is it a sport? Is it a game? As the industry grows, more and more employment opportunities are being created. To have a successful career in the esports industry, you will need to have a detailed understanding of it.

In this unit you will learn about the structure, organisation and classification of esports and traditional sports both in the UK and globally. You will explore a range of different commercial and not for profit organisations involved in the sports industry and understand their roles and the influence they have.

Esports Skills, Strategies and Analysis

Performance analysis of skills and strategy are an essential part of esports. There is a growing demand for people who can develop these techniques and perform at a high standard. This will help to guide players and teams at all levels to push the boundaries and create innovative and exciting new ways to play and dominate games.

In this unit, you will create a team and play competitive games against others. You will develop the understanding, knowledge and skills to enable you to analyse performances in competitive esports games.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the Esports Industry

Entrepreneurs are those who take that first brave step by identifying an opportunity and start their own enterprise. They have a clear vision and the determination to put their ideas into practice. Studying successful enterprises is important to gain an understanding of the creation of new enterprises in the esports sector. These new enterprises drive the economy, employment, growth and innovation in the UK and on a global level.

In this unit, you will gain an understanding of what makes entrepreneurs and enterprises in the esports industry successful. You will also understand how you can then plan to set up your own esports start-up enterprise.

Health, Wellbeing and Fitness for Esports Players

To be successful and have the ability to adapt to an ever-changing competitive environment in the esports industry, it is important to be physically, socially and psychologically healthy. Physical, social and psychological pressures can have an effect on everyday life in esports performance. Research suggests that to perform well, a person must have a healthy lifestyle and a resilience to psychological and social pressures.

In this unit, you will look at the important elements of health and wellbeing and how they influence esports in its widest sense. You will gain an appreciation of national benchmarks and indicators of good health.


Shoutcasting for esports commentary is a big part of what makes watching esports so engaging. Shoutcasters bring matches and tournaments to life. They inform and entertain the viewer and contribute significantly to the popularity of esports for participants, teams and the audience by providing rich information and insight into the gameplay, tactics and background.

In this unit, you will investigate the principles and practice of shoutcasting for esports, develop practical techniques for preparing for shoutcasting performances and apply shoutcasting to support esports.

Video Production

Esports relies heavily on the production and distribution of video content to engage audiences. Videos of esports and games help to promote products, people, events and developments.

In this unit, you will gain an understanding of the codes and conventions of videos used for different purposes in esports and games, along with practical production methods and techniques. You will develop your own idea, source and prepare content and use practical video pre-production, production and post-production processes.

The knowledge, understanding and skills you develop will be a great advantage if you wish to pursue a career in esports and related areas such as journalism, producing, promoting or shoutcasting. This unit will also support progression to related higher education courses.