The esports BTEC starts on September 4th 2023!

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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.
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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?

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.

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. 

What is Sixth Form life like at MVA?

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.

What's included in the Sixth Form experience at Minerva's Virtual Academy:

  • BTEC esports course, the only school in the world to offer this programme online
  • Choose from over 10 A Level subjects to complement your esports studies
  • Personal mentoring to help you stay on track and achieve your goals
  • Careers advice to help you plan your future and find your ideal career path
  • Lifeskills & Enrichment Programme to help you develop important life skills and pursue your interests
  • Minerva Galactic Award, our version of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme
  • Social activities & meetups to help you connect with other students and have fun
  • UCAS & University mentoring to help you prepare for university and make informed decisions about your future.

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, as well are running some brilliant educational programmes - the esports BTEC is the epitome of this and I can't wait to see it start in September.'
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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

Is there an in-person requirement?

In order to successfully complete the esports BTEC, once every six weeks (during term time) students must spend the day together at our partner college in Basingstoke, Queen Mary's College. The in-person sessions will involve practical sessions, assessments, use of the esports arena, getting hands-on with industry-standard equipment, and spending time with teachers and classmates.

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.


For the 2022/23 Academic Year, the cost for a two-year BTEC esports course and two A Levels of your choice at Minerva's Virtual Academy is £6950 per school year (3 terms) or £2650 per term. Please note that fees for joining during term time will be calculated based on your enrolment date.