New e-sports program launched at Newcastle College
April 23, 2021 at 8:50 a.m. by Richard Dawson
A new eSports curriculum will be launched in the Northeast in September.
The Newcastle United Foundation is teaming up with Newcastle College for a one- and two-year BTEC qualification for aspiring esports competitors looking to improve their skills.
Esports is any form of competition using video games.
The new course offers students the opportunity to represent the Newcastle United Foundation in competitions and esports events held throughout the academic year, in addition to learning about this growing industry.
Jake Simpson, a professional esports player from the official e-Premier League, will get involved in the new course and offer his expertise to the next generation of competitive players, event managers and game entrepreneurs.
Applications for BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 degrees are now open for enrollment in September 2021 and with the support of Newcastle College, the Newcastle United Foundation is hosting two dedicated recruitment events this month, including an open party on April 29 and a FIFA tournament in April. 30.
Steve Beharall, Director of the Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We are delighted to expand our ongoing partnership with Newcastle College to provide young people in our region with the latest and most exciting opportunities to learn and work. to new and interesting careers. right here in the northeast.
“These new courses are truly unique to the region and we are excited to see what the future holds for the first cohort of students who begin their journey in September.”
The course curriculum will cover all aspects of the esports industry including competitive gaming, live event management, and gaming entrepreneurship.
It will help students prepare for employment in the associated sports, business and leisure industries.
Career paths include an esports professional, gaming psychologist, live event organizer, sports journalist, social media manager, game designer, production team or even an international lawyer.
Scott Bullock, Principal of Newcastle College, said: “We are delighted to offer this new course and hope to help improve the burgeoning tech sector here in the North East.
“In 2020, Newcastle was one of only four cities to be included in the Smart City Index, and this innovative and creative course will help develop transferable skills and multiple learning opportunities for students to incorporate into their future academics. , apprenticeships or career prospects. ”
In recent years, the eSports industry has seen remarkable growth with tournaments hosted and live streamed around the world, viewed by up to 30 million people online per day and broadcast in mainstream media including Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC iPlayer and BBC. Sport online.