In a global first, The City of Liverpool College has partnered with alternative education provider, VSI (Visionary Sports Investment), to deliver a ground-breaking course designed to harness the emerging talent within Esports, helping people build a career in the fast-growing industry.

Esports – or electronic sports – is the umbrella term for organised, competitive computer gaming, usually between professionals. It is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and a recent report has predicted that 2018 revenues for Esports will hit £683 million, a staggering 38% increase from 2017’s £495 million.

As part of the course, students will learn how to host small and large scale events for single player and multi-player Esports teams, create business plans to develop teams, create online communities and promote events through digital marketing. They will also get the opportunity to explore the culture of Esports, its audience and fan base and different game genres that make up the most popular ones in current times.

Elaine Bowker, principal of The City of Liverpool College, said:

“Esports is a huge industry in which professional players can forge incredibly successful careers. However, so often young people are leaving education without the right skills they need to turn their talent into a business.

“Having been the first college in the country to create a dedicated digital academy, offering young people coding, software development and a range of digital skills, we are proud to be delivering this innovative new course, which will equip students with the real-life practical skills they need to carve out a successful career in the Esports industry.”

Before collaborating with The City of Liverpool College, VSI has traditionally worked with high profile international footballers, cricketers, rugby league and rugby union professionals on post-graduate education programmes, and has developed the Esport education concept in response to industry demand.

Andy McIntyre, chairman of VSI, said:

“As the digital world continues to grow at a furious pace, organisations, strategies and the people involved have to adapt and change to harness opportunities arising. Through collaboratively developing this world-first course with The City of Liverpool College, we are at the forefront of creating the industry leaders of tomorrow and working to meet the skills requirements in this burgeoning industry.”

About The City of Liverpool College

The City of Liverpool College (COLCC) is a leader in providing high quality skills and education, delivering opportunities for growth to people and businesses in the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

The College has a student population of almost 10,000 and a turnover of approximately £40 million, with more than a third of 16-18 year olds in the city studying with the College and 94% of students going on to further education, university or employment.

Whether it’s apprenticeships, NVQs, A-levels or GCSEs, students benefit from the learning and support of a team of award winning tutors. The City of Liverpool College’s five main campus’ offers students access to some of the best training, learning and leisure facilities in the country.

The City of Liverpool College has Microsoft Associate College status with its £2.5m digital academy – the country’s first dedicated academy of its kind – offering young people coding, software development and a range of digital skills including online marketing and games design.

The City of Liverpool College is proud to be the first college in the North of England to provide the prestigious Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) Chefs Apprenticeship.

The City of Liverpool College supports employers in creating a skilled workforce, responding to economic priorities and drivers for growth and supporting students to achieve and progress in either education or employment.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) praised the college’s ‘good practice’ and management for a ‘dedicated’ focus on development of high level skills, academic competence and student employability. The City of Liverpool College is rated as ‘Good’ by OFSTED and was awarded the gold standard of Higher Education in the first Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) league table.

Find out more at www.liv-coll.ac.uk