Esports

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BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
S200
UCAS code:
S202
UCAS code:
S201
Study option:
Full-time, Staffordshire University London
Study option:
Full-time, Staffordshire University London, with a placement year
Study option:
Full-time, with a foundation year at Capital City Colleges Group t/a WKCIC GROUP - Har
Duration:
3 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Duration:
4 Years
Start date:
13 September 2021

Hands on learning

Work on live projects right from the start

Industry network

Our wide industry network provides opportunities throughout your course

Pro-games training facility

Study in our new pro-gamer training facility in Here East, London

The BA (Hons) Esports will give you all the skills you need to work in this diverse and exciting industry.

You will learn within a practical technical environment everything required to host small and large scale events. Developing your skills for single player and multi-player team events you will create business plans to build teams, create online communities and promote your events through digital marketing. You will also get the opportunity to explore the culture of esports, its audience and fan base as well as a variety of the most popular current game genres. As the sector evolves, the ethical and legislative regulations are trying to keep pace, you will learn what is happening in the industry right now and how these issues are affecting the esports environment.

You will learn within a practical technical environment everything required to host small and large scale events. Developing your skills for single player and multi-player team events you will create business plans to build teams, create online communities and promote your events through digital marketing. You will also get the opportunity to explore the culture of esports, its audience and fan base as well as a variety of the most popular current game genres. As the sector evolves, the ethical and legislative regulations are trying to keep pace, you will learn what is happening in the industry right now and how these issues are affecting the esports environment.

You will learn within a practical technical environment everything required to host small and large scale events. Developing your skills for single player and multi-player team events you will create business plans to build teams, create online communities and promote your events through digital marketing. You will also get the opportunity to explore the culture of esports, its audience and fan base as well as a variety of the most popular current game genres. As the sector evolves, the ethical and legislative regulations are trying to keep pace, you will learn what is happening in the industry right now and how these issues are affecting the esports environment.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Esports

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Esports

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Esports

Course content

In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to esports cultures and learn about streaming techniques and layouts. You will learn about the business of competitive gaming and event marketing, and work towards organising your first esports event.

In Year 2 you’ll continue your studies of event management to develop and deliver a team-based esports event. You will learn about the technical set up that’s required to deliver these events, along with public relations skills to promote the event You will also learn how to add hype and excitement through casting and hosting, skills that are in demand across the sector.

In the final year you will become totally immersed in esports and develop a large-scale commercial event from start to finish. You will also learn about games community management and the legal issues involved with esports. Building teams is big business and you will learn what it takes to set them up and run them effectively and through the use of data analytics learn how to present meaningful statistics during game play.

In Year 1, you’ll be introduced to esports cultures and learn about streaming techniques and layouts. You will learn about the business of competitive gaming and event marketing, and work towards organising your first esports event.

In Year 2 you’ll continue your studies of event management to develop and deliver a team-based esports event. You will learn about the technical set up that’s required to deliver these events, along with public relations skills to promote the event You will also learn how to add hype and excitement through casting and hosting, skills that are in demand across the sector.

In the final year you will become totally immersed in esports and develop a large-scale commercial event from start to finish. You will also learn about games community management and the legal issues involved with esports. Building teams is big business and you will learn what it takes to set them up and run them effectively and through the use of data analytics learn how to present meaningful statistics during game play.

Our Esports foundation year is designed to give you a basic knowledge of the industry and technical skills you need before you move on to study a BA (Hons) Esports at Staffordshire University London’s Digital Institute, based in Queen Elizabeth Park.

During the course you’ll focus on the business side of the entertainment and sports industry that’s taking over the globe. You’ll learn how to survive and thrive in the hosting of both small and large scale events – from technical setups to planning, marketing and implementation.

Our focus throughout our courses is your employability when you graduate, and that’s why we offer work experience opportunities, as well as making sure we keep you ahead of the game with industry legislation and ethical issues.

In our foundation year you’ll be taught at the Tottenham campus of College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London with high levels of tutor support and guidance. Upon completion you’ll move to our Here East campus at Queen Elizabeth Park, London, where you’ll learn with experienced experts in the latest and greatest facilities, including a state-of-the-art Esports Arena and next-level broadcasting and shoutcasting equipment. With us, you’ll become an expert in esports culture, single and multi-player team events, and audience trends, ready to start a career in a passionate and exciting field.

Esports at Staffordshire University London

Esports at Staffordshire University London

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Student Jamie speaks about his time studying Esports at the Digital Institute London.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Competitive Gaming Culture 15 credits
Esports Broadcasting 30 credits
Esports Ecosystems 15 credits
Esports Events Experience 30 credits
Resourcing Esports Events 15 credits
Single Player Esports Events 15 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Building Teams 15 credits
Content Creation 15 credits
Esports Integrity Regulation And Risk 15 credits
Event Planning And Strategy 30 credits
Multiplayer Events 30 credits
On-Air Talent 15 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Community Management 15 credits
Driving Digital Traffic And Social Media 30 credits
Esports Analytics 15 credits
Esports Expo 60 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Competitive Gaming Culture 15 credits
Esports Broadcasting 30 credits
Esports Ecosystems 15 credits
Esports Events Experience 30 credits
Resourcing Esports Events 15 credits
Single Player Esports Events 15 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Building Teams 15 credits
Content Creation 15 credits
Esports Integrity Regulation And Risk 15 credits
Event Planning And Strategy 30 credits
Multiplayer Events 30 credits
On-Air Talent 15 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Cdt Industrial Placement 120 credits
Year 4 compulsory modules
Year 4 compulsory modules
Community Management 15 credits
Driving Digital Traffic And Social Media 30 credits
Esports Analytics 15 credits
Esports Expo 60 credits

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Contemporary Issues In Esports 30 credits
Digital Media Skills For Games And Esports 60 credits
Study Skills And Professional Development 30 credits

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

UCAS tariff : 48 points

A level: DD

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016): PPP

Esports Arena London

Esports Arena London

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Join Jamie for a tour of our professional grade Esports Arena and production studio.

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Facilities

Careers

Esports is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, and as a result, new and varied roles are being introduced every year to help the organisation and development of the sport and entertainment business. There are a wide variety of career opportunities in the esports industry, including shoutcaster, host, analyst PR/marketing executive, broadcast/production crew, and event manager.

Staffordshire University London campus tour

Staffordshire University London campus tour

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Sammy Engele is leading you through a tour of our brand new campus in East London.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

This course has integrated theoretical, technical, practical and creative modes of study. This means the theoretical underpinning is taught alongside the technical knowledge, community management creative skills and the creative, practical elements of social media, content creation and PR for games.

This course has integrated theoretical, technical, practical and creative modes of study. This means the theoretical underpinning is taught alongside the technical knowledge, community management creative skills and the creative, practical elements of social media, content creation and PR for games.

This course has integrated theoretical, technical, practical and creative modes of study. This means the theoretical underpinning is taught alongside the technical knowledge, community management creative skills and the creative, practical elements of social media, content creation and PR for games.

Assessment

There are no exams for this course – assessment is based entirely on coursework. We find this is the best way to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to professional practice, such as a portfolio of work or showreel, word-processed reflective evaluations, essays and case studies. Your approach to the coursework for a given module should be individual and distinctive. Tutors see this work throughout its development thus forming a one-to-one professional working relationship with you throughout each module. Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and critique situations and feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor and/or yourself. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer- or self-assessment exercises.

There are no exams for this course – assessment is based entirely on coursework. We find this is the best way to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to professional practice, such as a portfolio of work or showreel, word-processed reflective evaluations, essays and case studies. Your approach to the coursework for a given module should be individual and distinctive. Tutors see this work throughout its development thus forming a one-to-one professional working relationship with you throughout each module. Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and critique situations and feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor and/or yourself. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer- or self-assessment exercises.

There are no exams for this course – assessment is based entirely on coursework. We find this is the best way to assess the integrated approach to theory and practice that you’ll engage in. Your coursework, carried out in response to assignments, project briefs or self-initiated proposals, will be presented in forms appropriate to professional practice, such as a portfolio of work or showreel, word-processed reflective evaluations, essays and case studies. Your approach to the coursework for a given module should be individual and distinctive. Tutors see this work throughout its development thus forming a one-to-one professional working relationship with you throughout each module. Formative assessment is carried out in tutorial and critique situations and feedback is usually provided to you orally, with a written record kept either by the tutor and/or yourself. This is sometimes produced as the result of peer- or self-assessment exercises.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Feedback is an important part of the assessment process and not only justifies the mark you receive but guides you on how to improve. Extensive feedback will be available throughout the course that will be constructive, develop your capabilities and motivate you to continue. Feedback will always be given in a timely manner to allow you to reflect on your progress and be a better critic of your own work.

Assessment feedback comes in a variety of forms throughout your studies and in a written format at the end of each period of study. At the end of modules once assessments are complete you will receive feedback in written comments, completed checklists/mark sheets, and in the case of demos and presentations direct feedback from the tutors.

Feedback is an important part of the assessment process and not only justifies the mark you receive but guides you on how to improve. Extensive feedback will be available throughout the course that will be constructive, develop your capabilities and motivate you to continue. Feedback will always be given in a timely manner to allow you to reflect on your progress and be a better critic of your own work.

Assessment feedback comes in a variety of forms throughout your studies and in a written format at the end of each period of study. At the end of modules once assessments are complete you will receive feedback in written comments, completed checklists/mark sheets, and in the case of demos and presentations direct feedback from the tutors.

Feedback is an important part of the assessment process and not only justifies the mark you receive but guides you on how to improve. Extensive feedback will be available throughout the course that will be constructive, develop your capabilities and motivate you to continue. Feedback will always be given in a timely manner to allow you to reflect on your progress and be a better critic of your own work.

Assessment feedback comes in a variety of forms throughout your studies and in a written format at the end of each period of study. At the end of modules once assessments are complete you will receive feedback in written comments, completed checklists/mark sheets, and in the case of demos and presentations direct feedback from the tutors.

Year 1

22% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
78% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

26% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
74% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

16% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
84% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 1

4% practical exams
84% coursework
13% written exams

Year 2

38% practical exams
62% coursework
0% written exams

Year 3

25% practical exams
75% coursework
0% written exams

Fees

For the course starting on 13 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Full-time, Staffordshire University London
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 13 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons) Full-time, Staffordshire University London, with a placement year
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons) Full-time, with a foundation year at Capital City Colleges Group t/a WKCIC GROUP - Har
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate £14,000 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

The course has been so amazing at inspiring me

In my first semester here I have created a society around our course, helped at Esports taster events at the Uni, met industry professionals, been invited to London for meetings and just genuinely been involved in as many things Esports related as I can.

Adam Fortune

esports Student

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