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Esports Coaching and Performance (Distance Learning)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25-26

25-26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

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

DDM-DMM

112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

112-128

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Distance learning (full-time) | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Distance learning (full-time) | 2022

Subjects

Sport and exercise sciences

Sports management

Human-computer interaction

Sports coaching

Do you love the thrill and challenge of video gaming? Are you keen to turn your gaming skills into a rewarding career in the rapidly emerging esports industry?

This first-of-its-kind BSc (Hons) in Esports Coaching and Performance distance learning course is for you. Designed and delivered in partnership with IFoEC Ltd – the training partner of the International Federation of Esports Coaches – it's an essential next step if you want to set yourself apart as an esports coach.

You'll:
- Use theory, research and practical experience to understand how esports coaching helps players achieve peak gaming performance, across different games, platforms and levels of play

- Be taught by lecturers with esports coaching experience and links to the industry

- Learn how to work with individual gamers, shotcallers, stacks and multi-player teams, and run an esports coaching organisation of your own

- Receive student membership to the International Federation of Esports Coaches with access to events, mentoring and its online community, helping you build a professional network and get involved in esports research

- Get experience on a work-based learning placement in the esports sector

- You'll also have the chance to do a sandwich year working in an established esports organisation, setting up your own esports business, or studying esports performance overseas.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to make an impact in the pro gaming world as a professional esports coach, within competitive organisations, with league developers, as a freelance coach or consultant, or by running your own teams.

**What you'll experience**
On this course, you'll:
- Gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of coaching and performance in esports that will set you apart in the industry

- Build learning and development experiences across genres, including MOBA, FPS and strategy games

- Develop your communication and leadership skills, essential for an esports coach

- Put what you learn into practice using our ties to competitive and non-competitive esports organisations

- Become a student member of the International Federation of Esports Coaches, with the opportunity to build an esports industry network and take part in esports research projects

- Support coaches and others responsible for creating esports performance environments, contributing to the growth of the industry, allowing for more diversity and inclusion, and raising the bar for performance

- Be able to pursue specialist qualifications that match your career aspirations in areas such as safeguarding children, learning disability awareness and autism awareness

- Be eligible to earn the International Federation of Esports Coaches Level 5 Award qualification once you graduate

Modules

Year 1
Core modules
Introduction to Esports
Foundations of Esports Coaching
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules
Esports Performance
Principles of Skill Acquisition
Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Applied Esports Coaching
Preparing Research, Innovation or Enterprise Projects
Work-Based Learning
There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 3
Core modules
Project
Applied Skill Acquisition
Professional Practice in Sports Psychology
Strategic Esports Development
Professional Development
There are no optional modules in this year.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through:

Practical assessments
Client reports
Video submissions
Blogs
Infographics
Essays
Portfolios
Presentations
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Sport and exercise sciences
72%
med
Sports management
69%
med
Human-computer interaction
81%
med
Sports coaching

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
75%
Male students
25%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

Tourism, transport and travel

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

33%
UK students
67%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

Computer science

Teaching and learning

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
76%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

74%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport & exercise science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
68%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Sports and fitness occupations
9%
Public services and other associate professionals
7%
Teaching and educational professionals

One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

Tourism, transport and travel

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
66%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
20%
Managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

This course sits in a wide group of smaller subjects that don't necessarily have that much in common - so bear this in mind when you look at any employment data. Most graduates took a hospitality, events management or tourism-related course, but there are a group of sports and leisure graduates in here as well who do different things. Events management was the most common job for graduates from this group of subjects, and so it’s no surprise that graduates from specialist events management courses did better last year than many of the other graduates under this subject umbrella - but all did about as well as graduates on average or a little better. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
72%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Information technology technicians

There are a lot of computing courses out there, and they vary a lot in content, modules and the way they work with employers, so individual courses can have very different outcomes. This is a course where you really need to get a good grade — employers really pay attention to the class of your degree and a low grade will serious hit your prospects. But you can get a job on pretty much any industry in the country with a computing degree - and organisation with an IT system and a web site needs graduates in this discipline - and many employers report difficulty in finding graduates. So most students do get jobs, and starting salaries are good, particularly in London. If you want to find out more about the prospects for a computer science course at a particular institution, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do.

Sport and exercise sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
68%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Sports and fitness occupations
9%
Public services and other associate professionals
7%
Teaching and educational professionals

One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sport and exercise sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Business and management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£29k

£29k

£34k

£34k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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