L3 Level 3
Full Time
2 September 2024 — 20 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

Do you have a passion for gaming? This is the course for you! On this course you can expect to use professional gaming standard equipment including: gaming computers, chairs, mouse, keyboard and sound systems. You will also learn to use video and sound editing equipment. You will be given the opportunity to play as part of a competitive team and enter competitions.

This is a growth area for employment and leads to opportunities in marketing, event management, digital creation, web design, public relations and gaming related industries. Gaming time will be included within the course to develop skills, strategies and analysis.

Our Esports course is a two-year BTEC Level 3 Diploma in E-sports and is equivalent to two A levels. With the addition of the Welsh Bac this qualification equates to 3 A Levels on completion of the two year programme.

This course is delivered in our City Centre Campus.

What you will study

On this course you will study units including:

Year 1:

  • Introduction to Esports
  • Esports Skill, Strategies and Analysis
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Esports Industry
  • Health, Wellbeing and Fitness for Esports

Year 2:

  • Esports events
  • Live-streamed Broadcasting
  • Video Production

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs Grades A* - C including English Language and Maths (or equivalent ) or Esports Level 2 qualification with Merit profile and GCSEs Grade A*-C English Language and Maths (or equivalent). International student will require an IELTS of 6.5 or above. There is a mandatory kit required of approximately £80 for T-shirts and hoodie from Macron

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

2 September 2024

End date

20 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

18 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Esports

Career prospects & further study


The UK esports sector has grown at an annual rate of 8.5% between 2016 –2019 (Ukie 2020).

Progression onto HND Business within Cardiff and Vale College or employment.


What our students say

Studying at Cardiff and Vale College has allowed me to progress onto something that didn’t think I could do. It helped me get on an in Esports course at Nottingham Trent University, broadening my horizons on what I can do in the future and set me on a pathway to one day work in Esports and pursue it as a career, which I’m really excited about. Esports is something I’m passionate about, and I’ve been able to realise my dream thanks to the support I’ve had from the College.

Owain Godfrey
Former Level 3 Esports student


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE