[Tom Baker – Bute Motorsport]

I’m the marketing and media co-ordinator for the GT cup championship which is run by Bute Motorsport.

[Rupert Manwaring – Lotus Motorsport]

I’m the head of motorsport for Lotus Cars at Hethel based in Norfolk.

[Rosen Daskalov – Sin Cars]

I am behind the project of Sin Cars which is sitting behind us.

[James Cannon – Severn Valley Motorsport]

I’m from Severn Valley Motorsport and we’re the UK’s biggest tuning company.

[Will Pedley – Will Pedley Racing]

I’m the Director of Will Pedley Racing, a company I started 5 years ago.

Why did you choose to work in the motorsport industry?

[Tom Baker – Bute Motorsport]

Working in the motorsport industry, it’s a fantastic industry, it’s completely bonkers really to be brutally honest but we get to work with some real characters, the cars obviously have such diversity and range of engineering and design.

You get the noise of the cars out of track and the engines and the drama, it’s a really heady mix of excitement and a challenge. But also, they are beautiful looking cars, they sound fantastic, the action out on track whilst cars are racing, it’s fantastic. There isn’t a day that I don’t think I’ve got the best job in the world that’s what everyone in motorsport thinks.

[Rupert Manwaring – Lotus Motorsport]

Motorsport is a very exciting industry to be based in, it’s all I’ve ever done. But it’s very reactive, technology is always changing and adapting to the world. The business is global and it’s growing. It’s a fantastic industry to be in.

[Rosen Daskalov – Sin Cars]

Four years ago I came here for the first time to actually have a look for a racing car for myself. And I thought ‘wow’ this is a country where motorsport is at the top of everything. And in this country you can do everything in motorsport and people are constantly falling in love with the sport. Here you can see thousands of people coming and there is no place quite like it for motorsport.

[James Cannon – Severn Valley Motorsport]

It’s very challenging to be fair, if you’re given a job of an engine build that’s got to be completed in 2 days. Or if a vehicle comes in for a 580 conversion with us, some people want their car back the same day. That involves us getting the gearbox out, replacing circlips, upgrading pipes and exhausts. All that to be done in a day is a challenging job, but at the same time it’s exciting as well.

What are your thoughts on the National Motorsport Academy courses?

[Tom Baker – Bute Motorsport]

Being online it allows people to learn in their own time, whilst still having a fulltime job, whether that is in motorsport or they have aspirations of getting into motorsport so it’s a really superb idea to allow people to get the qualifications they need to progress in the industry.

[Rupert Manwaring – Lotus Motorsport]

The National Motorsport Academy online degree course is a very useful tool for someone that maybe went straight into work from school, missed university, it gives them a second chance to get that incredible qualification online whilst working and develop their career.

[Rosen Daskalov – Sin Cars]

It’s very good idea. I personally had problems when I was young and studied for engineering to go on all of the courses as I had to work at that time and you normally have to stop working to go to classes and this made me very unhappy. I am very excited now that young people can take this advantage and opportunity to work and improve their working and academic skills.

[Will Pedley – Will Pedley Racing]

I studied as a mature student and had to take a break from my career to go and study. If there had been the opportunity for me to study online at the same time as I was still working, that would have been absolutely phenomenal. And I think an online degree will really open the door to a lot of people who are currently working and really want to progress with their career.

[James Cannon – Severn Valley Motorsport]

I think it’s a great idea. If people are struggling to travel, it’s very convenient to use the computer, obviously it’s there and easy access for them. With the placement being involved as well I think it’s better that they are getting some hands-on experience as obviously all of the work isn’t just down to the computer.

Would you recommend the National Motorsport Academy?

[Tom Baker – Bute Motorsport]

I’d recommend the National Motorsport Academy to people within the GT Cup and also our championships and suppliers as well. It’s a fantastic idea that allows people to progress their careers and hopefully have a long and successful future in motorsport.

[Rupert Manwaring – Lotus Motorsport]

I would definitely recommend the National Motorsport Academy online degree course. I used the classic route for a degree but I think that it’s a fantastic opportunity for people to get a degree online.

[James Cannon – Severn Valley Motorsport]

If we’ve got staff members involved in the company that have been working with us for a long time but they’re not qualified and we know they’re a good mechanic then we probably would put them through that course just so that they have that engineering degree behind them as well as having the practical experience.

What skills do you look for in potential employees?

[Rupert Manwaring – Lotus Motorsport]

The sort of skills that we look for when employing an engineer are of course vital academic skills, quite specialised these days, actually character and the ability to work in a team, work hard and be reactive and pragmatic.

[Rosen Daskalov – Sin Cars]

The most important for aspect for me is practical skills. To know every fret is 6m or 8m or how to screw on a bolt, it is very important. And then to go upstairs, if they know the basics of motorsport, the adjustment of the car, how to prepare, how to change tires and so on. Then this can only be positive. Now they can work daily as just a normal mechanic or paint work on the motorsport teams or in the workshop to improve their skills and then when they receive the knowledge from the distance learning and they become engineers, then I think that is very positive.

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Course modules

Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Motorsport Engineering

Equivalent to the first two years of a university degree – (Study method part-time, online)


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BSc (Hons) Motorsport Engineering

Final year top-up - (Study method part-time, online)


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Entry requirements

To achieve a full BSc (Hons) Motorsport Engineering you will start with the Foundation Degree (FdSc) Motorsport Engineering (equivalent to Years 1 & 2 at university) you will then continue onto the BSc (Hons) Motorsport Engineering final year top-up (equivalent to year 3 at University). Direct Entry onto the BSc (Hons) final year is also available to those who meet the entry requirements.

You are required to submit a CV with your application. If you don't already have one, we have provided a Microsoft Word CV template to download and complete.

International students – equivalent qualifications are accepted.
The degrees are taught in English. If this is not your first language you will require IELTS Level 6 or equivalent English qualification.

Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Motorsport Engineering

Entry from school/college

  • GCSE Maths grade A–C or equivalent

Plus a Level 3 Diploma (or extended Diploma) in one of the following:

  • Motorsport Engineering, Technology or equivalent
  • Automotive Maintenance or equivalent
  • Automotive Engineering or equivalent
  • An Engineering Discipline or equivalent

Plus CV showing evidence of automotive or motorsport practical engineering experience e.g. as a team volunteer etc.


  • A total of 100 UCAS points that must include one A level in Physics or Maths or equivalent plus a CV showing evidence of automotive or motorsport practical engineering experience e.g. as a team volunteer etc.

Entry for mature students

We welcome applications from mature students aged 21+.

  • Entry is by CV showing evidence of relevant practical experience of automotive and/or motorsport engineering plus a good standard of Maths

BSc (Hons) Motorsport Engineering final year top-up

Foundation Degree or HND or equivalent in one of the following:

  • Motorsport Engineering or equivalent
  • Motorsport Technology or equivalent
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Equivalent engineering qualification

Plus CV showing evidence of automotive or motorsport practical engineering experience e.g. as a team volunteer etc.


  • HNC in one of the above plus a CV showing evidence of relevant practical experience of automotive and/or motorsport engineering

Entry for mature students

We welcome applications from mature students aged 21+

  • Entry is by CV showing evidence of previous and current practical experience of automotive and/or motorsport engineering at a senior level plus a good standard of maths

If you would like to discuss equivalent qualifications or experience please contact us

Motorsport student checking tyre pressure

Studying online


Many people imagine studying such a practical subject as Motorsport Engineering online would be a touch challenging. However, our involvement and experience with online education over the past 27 years shows that it can be very effectively achieved. Studying online, part-time with NMA, is truly flexible and allows you to fit your studies around work and family commitments.

Our tutors are highly qualified with years of motorsport experience and trained in online course delivery methods. You will have your own personal Tutor and will receive unlimited support. All students have their own individual study plan to suit their own circumstances. The motorsport engineering degree courses are designed to challenge, stimulate and develop all the necessary skills required to be part of this exciting global industry.

Studying a practical course via online distance learning is achieved through our VLS online portal, where Motorsport Academy students are provided with stimulating, interactive course materials that are part of the learning process for each module. These include videos, lectures, and links to interesting sites to help students to undertake their own research. These are followed up by 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 will be expected to have some current experience of motorsport (or performance automotive) or to undertake practical work experience to support their online learning. Ideally, this will involve working or volunteering on a regular basis (such as weekends during the motorsport season) for a motorsport team or organisation As a student you should attend local and national motorsport events and exhibitions and talk to teams who compete in a series that excites you.

The NMA can assist with you finding work experience once you are enrolled and studying on the programme.

Additional practical experience for students is also available through one of the National Motorsport Academy teams. The teams will race at circuits throughout the UK and Europe in 2018.

The practical assignments are written in such a way that, no matter where you are, you can complete the practical assignments.

As you progress through the degree, your practical skills will develop, alongside the knowledge you have gained from your course, with the support of your tutor.

Motorsport students working on an engine

New for 2018*

The World's First online Master's Degree in Advanced Motorsport Engineering.

*Subject to final validation


  1. Research Methods
  2. Design, Modelling & Validation of Motorsport Systems
  3. Advanced Vehicle Dynamics
  4. Engineering Management Practices
  5. Multi-physics Analysis for Motorsport
  6. Driver Coaching
  7. Race car Applications
  8. Race Strategy Optimisation

Length of study: 15 – 24 months flexible.
Post Graduate Student Loans available for UK students
Progression Scholarships for NMA BSc (Hons) graduates

To receive progress updates email motorsport@nda.ac.uk and supply your name and your previous qualifications.

UK tuition fees

Tuition fees are £5,500 per year/level for UK students

Student tuition fee loans - the affordable way to study for a career in motorsport

  • If you live in England or Wales a student loan will pay all tuition fees and pay the total cost of your degree (rules for Ireland and Scotland vary).
  • Undergraduate student loans are available to most students (including mature students).
  • Your income is not taken into account and your credit rating is not affected.
  • Low repayments start after 4 years but only if you are earning £21,000+ or you don’t repay until you do.

Even if you already have a degree in another subject you can still have a student loan to study an Engineering subject.

Student loans explained

Prefer not to use a student loan?

You can spread the cost of your tuition fees and pay by 10 monthly instalments of £550. Alternatively, if you pay your fees in full at the start of each level you will receive a £250 discount = £5,250.

Motorsport student working on an car

International tuition fees

Tuition fees are £6,500 per year/level

You can spread the cost of your tuition fees and pay by 6 monthly instalments of £1,083.00. Alternatively, if you pay your fees in full at the start of each level you will receive a £250 discount = £6,250.