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Explore the British Esports Student Champs Handbook, your ultimate guide to competing in the definitive esports tournament for early education.
The British Esports Student Champs Handbook contains vital details for each of the tournaments within Student Champs, identifying key equipment suggestions, tournament pricing, safeguarding policies, tournament structures, and important scheduling information.
Featuring the biggest esports games, hundreds of institutions and thousands of amateur esports athletes, the Student Champs is the leading amateur grassroots esports tournament for schools and colleges.
Discover essential IT guidelines and frequently asked questions tailored for teachers in our comprehensive Teacher FAQ guide.
Providing detailed insights into technical requirements, the Teacher FAQ is designed to ensure the seamless integration and support for esports educators in their academic endeavors.
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Explore our game specific rules and guidelines for players and teams competing in League of Legends, Overwatch 2, Rocket League and VALORANT, in the British Esports Student Champs Open tournament.
League of Legends
Tournament Rules for League of Legends in the British Esports Student Champs Open. Providing a guiding framework for maintaining fairness, resolving disputes, and upholding the principles of fair play.
Tournament Rules for Overwatch 2 in the British Esports Student Champs Open. Providing a guiding framework for maintaining fairness, resolving disputes, and upholding the principles of fair play.
Tournament Rules for Rocket League in the British Esports Student Champs Open. Providing a guiding framework for maintaining fairness, resolving disputes, and upholding the principles of fair play.
Tournament Rules for VALORANT in the British Esports Student Champs Open. Providing a guiding framework for maintaining fairness, resolving disputes, and upholding the principles of fair play.
Explore our game specific rules and guidelines for players and teams competing in League of Legends, Overwatch 2, Rocket League and VALORANT, in the British Esports Student Champs Nationals tournament.
Tournament Rules for League of Legends in the British Esports Student Champs Nationals. Providing a guiding framework for maintaining fairness, resolving disputes, and upholding the principles of fair play.
Tournament Rules for Overwatch 2 in the British Esports Student Champs Nationals. Providing a guiding framework for maintaining fairness, resolving disputes, and upholding the principles of fair play.
Tournament Rules for Rocket League in the British Esports Student Champs Nationals. Providing a guiding framework for maintaining fairness, resolving disputes, and upholding the principles of fair play.
Tournament Rules for VALORANT in the British Esports Student Champs Nationals. Providing a guiding framework for maintaining fairness, resolving disputes, and upholding the principles of fair play.
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Explore additional support, resources and useful guides for schools and colleges competing in the British Esports Student Champs.
Explore the Student Champs Handbook, packed full of useful information for participation in the largest amateur grassroots esports tournament for schools and colleges.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Our code of conduct sets clear guidelines for respectful and fair gameplay, fostering an inclusive and positive gaming environment for all participants.
RAISE AN ISSUE
To address formal issues such as match conflicts, connectivity issues, or problems with your account, please raise a support ticket via the tournament platform.
PORTS & IP ADDRESSES
Need some help in setting up specific ports and IP addresses at your school or college? Download our guide to Ports and IP addresses.
Explore a range of technical set ups and equipment geared towards schools and colleges competing in the British Esports Student Champs.
Looking to understand what specific equipment you’ll need to compete in the Student Champs? Explore our Game Specific PC Requirements for the games we feature.
STUDENT CHAMPS FAQ
Explore the Student Champs FAQ, packed full of questions and answers we receive most often.
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The Student Champs is the UK’s largest amateur grassroots esports tournament, designed by British Esports for students aged 12+ and open to all Secondary Schools, Further Education (FE) Colleges and Alternative Provision (AP) Schools throughout the UK.
Engaging a wide demographic of young people, this extracurricular team-based activity helps students develop key transferable skills such as critical thinking and analysis, resilience, tolerance, flexibility, complex problem solving, digital literacy, social emotional learning (SEL) and much more!
Competing in the Student Champ provides students with the opportunity to master their aptitude for competitive play or get hands-on in a variety of creative roles broadcast, production, marketing, shoutcasting, coaching and more.
First established in 2016, The Student Champs continues to help provide an avenue to motivate and inspire students and has featured in excess of 5,000 players and 700 teams throughout its history.
For more information on the Student Champs, visit the Student Champs.
The entry fee for the British Esports Student Champs is £60 (inc VAT) per Champs academic year, plus a £12 (inc VAT) administration fee (per team entered).
There is no limit to the number of teams that a school or college can enter into the Open.
There is an entry limit of one team per school or college for the Nationals.
There is no requirement to pay additional fees for entering both Winter and Spring splits.
There is no fee attached to individual player participation.
Please note, the entry fee is non-refundable.
Visit Terms and Conditions.
We do not provide schools, colleges, players, teams or any other participants with keys or codes to purchase any games featured in the British Esports Student Champs.
Access to the games featured in the British Esports Student Champs, specifically those you wish to participate in, will be required prior to the start of the competition.
To participate in the Student Champs, players must be aged 12+ and registered to a school or college that is eligible to play in the Student Champs. Players must be registered full-time, or part-time at their school or college and study a minimum of 4 hours a week. Players studying online are also eligible to participate.
The Student Champs is open to all students aged 12+ at secondary schools, Further Education (FE) colleges and Alternative Provision (AP) schools throughout the UK.
Entry criteria for the Student Champs requires schools and colleges to be registered with the Department for Education or Education Scotland, or Colleges Scotland. A school or college must be able to provide a unique reference number if requested and accredited to deliver RQF Level 2 and/or Level 3 (SCQF Level 5 and/or Level 6) qualifications.
There are many benefits to participating in the British Esports Student Champs, especially when in conjunction with a national qualification such as the BTEC in Esports.
Through participating as a player, students are exposed to high-end competitive gaming, featuring some of the best student talent from across the UK.
Through participating in one of many support roles, students are gaining valuable hands-on experience and transferable skills that will attract future employers.
Students participating in esports typically study a range of other related academic subjects such as Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Creative Media, Sport and Games Development.
Here are just some of the many benefits that participation includes:
Furthermore, students involved in the British Esports Student Champs can use their participation towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award as part of their Skills Activity.
For more information, visit the Student Champs.
We broadcast our Student Champs fixtures and coverage of major events including the Commonwealth Esports Championships, the Global Esports Games, and other IOC and EOC sanctioned esports events.
Subscribe to Twitch or YouTube to stay up to date with all the latest streams, broadcast and other video content.
You can also catch all of the latest action via Watch.
We actively encourage practicing for the British Esports Student Champs in your spare time, however, we strongly advise that this is considered in moderation, similar to any other passion, hobby, or sport.
A balanced lifestyle, healthy diet, regular exercise and positive mental well-being are all critical components of being successful, in any capacity.
We recommend that teachers also allow students time to practice throughout the academic day, during lunch breaks, or even after school. This will allow students to bond as a team and develop well rehearsed strategies in their game of choice.
We strongly advise that teachers or appropriate adults are able to supervise any practice sessions.
We strongly advise that all participants competing in the British Esports Student Champs do so from the supervision of their classroom or esports centre.
However, special dispensation can be afforded to students who are unable to do so.
*This should not have any impact on the scheduled playing time of fixtures.
The British Esports Student Champs take place throughout the academic year, with registrations kicking off in September.
All registrations must be complete by September 30th. No exceptions will be made to late submissions.
Winter fixtures take place throughout the months of October, November and December.
Spring fixtures take place throughout the months of January, February and March.
Fixtures take place on a regular weekly basis, with the main tournaments taking place every Wednesday (League of Legends, Overwatch 2, Rocket League, and VALORANT *aged 16+ only), starting at 4pm (GMT).
Other selected tournaments take place on Tuesdays (Fifa 23 & Street Fighter VI) and Thursdays (Apex Legends), starting at 4pm (GMT).
All participants should be ready and able to play by 4pm (GMT).
The British Esports Student Champs LAN Finals, typically played on a live stage in front of an audience, take place in April.
On occasion teams will be permitted to reschedule their fixtures, depending on the tournament format. However, this rescheduled fixture must take place within the same week as the original fixture, and is at the discretion of the opponents, as both teams must agree.
For more information, please read our Student Champs Handbook.
There may be a requirement for your school or college to purchase additional IT equipment (hardware that supports specific games, peripherals such as headsets, comfortable chairs to aid with posture etc).
We strongly recommend leveraging existing infrastructure (such as an IT classroom) and liaising with other stakeholders throughout your institution to ensure your equipment, facilities, and safeguarding protocols are fit for purpose.
Can’t find what you are looking for? Get in touch with our Student Champs Team and we’ll do our best to help.
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