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Esports Coaching and Performance BSc (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary


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, which you can study online (from September 2021) or on campus (from September 2022), is for you. Designed and delivered in partnership with IFoEC Ltd – the education 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.


  • 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
  • Have an opportunity to experience 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.

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
  • Have the option to transfer from distance learning to campus-based study (or vice versa) after your first year
  • Be eligible to earn coaching qualifications from the International Federation of Esports Coaches once you graduate

Careers and opportunities

Just like traditional sports coaches, esports coaches help players refine and improve their gaming skills and performance for esports tournaments, leagues and events, many of which command major global audiences.

Multi-player teams or individual gamers compete either online or in local-area-network competitions across an array of amateur and professional levels and esports game titles. Esport coaches enable them to play to their best.

Esports is a rapidly expanding sector – the British Esports Association reports that the global market will be worth nearly $2billion by 2022.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,200per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University information

University of Portsmouth

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  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    81st out of 84 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    111 54%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    48.0 48%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%



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