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Esports BTEC starts in September

Start after your GCSEs 

Virtual Open Evening | Tuesday April 4th

6.30pm - 7.30pm GMT

Virtual Open Evening | Tuesday April 4th

6.30pm - 7.30pm GMT


Your new term starts on September 4th 2023!

Do you love gaming? Are you passionate about the world of esports? Not sure what to do after your GCSEs?

Minerva's Virtual Academy is excited to announce our new BTEC in esports is coming to our Sixth Form in September 2023!

Welcome to Minerva's Virtual Academy, the award-winning online school for 11-18 year olds. We are proud to announce that we are now offering a BTEC in esports at Sixth Form level, a course designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the world of competitive gaming.

Students will learn about the evolution of esports as well as the business and marketing side of the industry and learn how to apply their skills to any area of the esports industry. The BTEC will provide you with the skills you need to succeed in this exciting and dynamic industry.

Due to the immense demand for a dedicated esports qualification available to more young people across the UK,  MVA has teamed up with the award-winning esports educator James Fraser-Murison (who works in partnership with Guild, Excel and Fnatic) to deliver this fantastic qualification.

The BTEC is available to any 16-year-old in the country looking to get ahead in one of the most exciting industries in the world!
Key benefits:

  • Highly respected qualification equivalent to one A Level
  • Practical skills, knowledge, and understanding to prepare for a career in the esports industry
  • Opportunity to study anywhere you like, with in-person requirement every six weeks at our partner centre
  • Join hundreds of young people making a fresh start at our buzzing virtual sixth form
  • Study A Levels alongside your BTEC if you wish - choose from over 10 subjects
  • Learn from highly-experienced teachers
  • Transferable skills including teamwork, problem-solving, communication, and project management
  • Opportunity to also study A levels alongside the BTEC in esports

for our Open Evening on
4th April at 6.30pm!

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Looking to pursue a career in the exciting world of esports? MVA can help you!

Join our Open Evening to find out more!

Start a new educational journey, meet new friends, and enter the world of esports professionally.

Tuesday, 4th April
6.30pm-7.30pm GMT

During the Open Evening, you will…

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Learn about MVA & The ESPORTS BTEC

Learn about Minerva's Virtual Academy and our innovative esports BTEC programme, designed to prepare sixth form students for successful careers in the fast-growing esports industry.
Picture of James at BTEC E-Sport Event

Meet Our Teachers

Meet our passionate and experienced teachers who will be guiding you through the course, sharing their knowledge and expertise to help you get started in the esports industry.


Ask Any Questions

Ask any questions you may have about the esports BTEC or Minerva's Virtual Academy, and get all the information you need to make an informed decision about your future education and career path.

What is a BTEC in esports?

BTECs are work-related qualifications awarded by Pearson, the UK's largest academic awarding organisation. The BTEC in esports is a practical, 2 year work-related course that prepares you for a career in the esports industry. The course covers a range of topics, from game design and development to event management and marketing. BTECs are equivalent to A levels and are recognised by universities, employers, and professional bodies.

What is Minerva's Virtual Academy?

Minerva's Virtual Academy is an award-winning online school that offers world-class education to 11-18-year-olds. We are the fastest-growing online school in the UK, with a buzzing community of students from all over the world. Our ground-breaking mixture of Live Lessons with brilliant teachers, community activities, and interactive self-study enables students to study anywhere they like, providing them with the flexibility they need to learn at their own pace. We are passionate about offering progressive virtual schooling to students that are being held back by traditional school, and helping them to achieve their full potential.

What is Sixth Form life like at MVA?

Our school has a buzzing community of students who come from all over the UK and the world to study with us. We offer a flexible learning environment that allows you to study at your own pace with personal mentoring and support every step of the way. Our online community is active and supportive, and we run regular in person trips and events so our students can strengthen friendships made online. 

Who is running the BTEC in esports?

With our team of experienced teachers, students on the MVA BTEC esports course can be assured of receiving an exceptional education that will equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the industry. 

Lawrence Tubb
Headmaster, Minerva's Virtual Academy
'As the Headmaster of a school as exciting as MVA, I am thrilled to say that we are in a fortunate position when it comes to hiring the best teaching talent for our pupils.'
Picture of James at BTEC E-Sport Event
James Fraser-Murison
Director of esports
'I am thrilled to co-create the esports BTEC at Minerva's Virtual Academy and provide students with an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the esports industry. It's an exciting time to be part of this fast-growing field, and I am excited to see how our students will develop and succeed in their careers.'
Co-creator of the esports BTEC, national award-winner. Worked with Guild, Excel & @fnatic Twitter: @FraserEsports Instagram: @the_esports_teacher

Why join an online school?

We offer the flexibility to study from anywhere, which can be particularly beneficial for students who may face challenges attending physical schools or colleges. Sstudents have the freedom to create their own schedules and study at their own pace, providing greater control over their education.

MVA allows students to connect with other students from around the world and form friendships that can last a lifetime. Our buzzing community of engaged students is continually growing and evolving. Every day at MVA students have the opportunity to contribute to new ideas and the growth of the school.

We run after-school clubs that provide further opportunities for socialising and meeting like-minded peers.

We offer a highly unique sixth form program called 'Symposia,' which is designed to prepare pupils for the kind of thinking needed for the transition to university. This programme includes a series of seminars and workshops on topics such as philosophy, literature, and critical thinking, helping students to develop the skills they need to succeed in higher education.

We run a full careers service and UCAS training sessions, providing students with support and guidance as they navigate the often-challenging process of applying for universities and jobs. With our focus on preparing students for the future, we aim to ensure that our students are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen careers.

What qualifications do I get by studying the BTEC?

The BTEC in esports is equivalent to 1 A level and gives you the same UCAS points. The qualification is recognized by universities, colleges, and employers across the UK and around the world.

What will I learn in the course?

The BTEC in esports covers a range of topics, from game design and development to event management and marketing. You will learn how to design, develop, and manage esports events and tournaments, as well as develop your skills in game design and development.