National Motorsport Academy
The National Motorsport Academy, in partnership with Staffordshire University, offers the world’s first online motorsport degrees. In this competitive, global industry, motorsport engineers must have the broad range of skills demanded by the top teams.
Working closely with the motorsport industry, the courses have been designed specifically to meet the requirements of motor sport teams and employers. The Academy’s Motorsport Engineering Degrees are industry-led, commercially relevant and entirely centred on motorsport.
National Motorsport Academy graduates are qualified motorsport engineers with practical experience, as well as being innovative, resourceful and commercially-focused. As a result, you will be a highly-qualified motorsport engineer with the necessary skills required by any motorsport team.
Some examples of career options for Academy graduates include: Race engineer, Data acquisition technician, Aerodynamicist, Propulsion engineer, Drivetrain engineer, Chassis design engineer, and Manufacturer design team.
Studying online, part-time, is truly flexible and allows you to fit your studies around work and family commitments. The VLS online portal provides access to all the online distance learning. Motorsport Academy students are provided with stimulating, interactive course materials that are part of the learning process for each module. These include videos and lectures, as well as links to interesting sites to help students to undertake their own research.
Students will also need to complete a wide variety of practical assignment projects to underpin the acquired knowledge. The online course develops the theoretical side of Motorsport Engineering, which will then enable you to undertake primary research to support your knowledge and understanding.
Students should have some current experience of motorsport (or performance automotive). Practical work experience will also be necessary to support the online learning. Ideally, this will involve working or volunteering on a regular basis for a motorsport team or organisation. You should also attend local and national motorsport events and exhibitions and talk to teams who compete in a series that excites you.
The National Motorsport Academy supports students searching for work experience once enrolled and studying on the programme. Additional practical experience for students is also available with one of the National Motorsport Academy motorsport teams.
Subjects Available at National Motorsport Academy
The National Motorsport Academy offers a comprehensive list of subjects which are directly relevant to a career in the Motosport industry, including: Mathematics for Motorsport, Engineering Science, Race Car Design & Preparation, and Fundamentals of Motorsport Technology.
The Academy also teaches a range of courses which are applicable to a wide of automotive companies, not just motorsport, such as: Industry-standard CAD and Simulation Packages, Aerodynamics, Vehicle Dynamics, Hybrid & Electric Vehicles, and Data Acquisition.
Other courses focus on Engine design and performance, including: Engine Simulation and Modelling, Engine Performance Analysis, Fluid mechanics & Thermodynamics, Physical Engine Testing and Development, and R & D Simulation & Analysis.
Qualifications Offered by National Motorsport Academy
The National Motorsport Academy offers three different qualifications:
Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Motorsport Engineering
This is the equivalent of the first 2 years of a university degree. Study method: part-time, online.
BSc (Hons) Motorsport Engineering
Final year top-up. Study method: part-time, online.
In 2018, the National Motorsport Academy will also offer an MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering
Industrial Placements with National Motorsport Academy
Students of the National Motorsport Academy have secured either work experience or placements with a number of motor sport teams and championships, including Lotus Cars, GT Cup and Napier Racing.