National Motorsport Academy

FdSc Degree

Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Motorsport Engineering

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

Course Modules

  • Module 1. Mathematics for Motorsport

    30 Credits

    It is an essential skill for Motorsport Engineers to be able to calculate, transpose and develop mathematical formulae to enable them to problem solve, fault find and analyse race vehicle data. This module enables you to develop your mathematical skills from basic transposition of formula to complex calculus for the engine, chassis and complete vehicle development.
  • Module 2. Race Car Design & Preparation

    30 Credits

    Current race vehicle design, manufacture and preparation follow a complex homologation process. The decision of final race vehicle concept and product are determined by race rules and regulations alongside choice of appropriate components and vehicle behaviour. This module has been developed to encompass all aspects of the design process and the preparation of the vehicle prior to track use.
  • Module 3. R & D Simulation and Analysis

    30 Credits

    Simulation software has become an important part of the engineer’s “toolbox”. Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis and Vehicle Dynamic modelling are used by the industry to cut research and development time and cost. During this module, you will learn the skills to utilise several industry-standard CAD and simulation packages to enable you to produce, analyse and validate appropriate models and components essential in future modules.
  • Module 4. Fundamentals of Motorsport Technology

    30 Credits

    The aim of this module is to investigate a number of major scientific and engineering principles that underpin the skill sets required to succeed in the Motorsport engineering industry. The module will provide you with an overview of engineering science, physics and electrical fundamentals. You will also be introduced to engineering design material selection and failure principles through CAD design.
  • Module 5. Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics

    30 Credits

    Fluid Mechanics & Thermodynamics encompass the majority of engineering physics. This module allows you to develop the knowledge to apply standard formulae and principles in relation to heat transfer, over body flow dynamics and internal fluid flow both in a static and dynamic context. These will be essential for future aerodynamic and engine design modules.
  • Module 6. Engine Design, Development & Simulation

    30 Credits

    1D and 3D engine simulation and modelling provides research and development engineers with a platform help to design and develop high performance engines from initial mathematical concepts to fully-validated virtual models. This module teaches you the mathematics and theoretical knowledge utilised to design race engines. You will then use this knowledge to develop, simulate and analyse engine performance characteristics.
  • Module 7. Vehicle Dynamics, Physics & Data Acquisition

    30 Credits

    This module teaches the fundamentals of longitudinal and lateral vehicle dynamics, suspension systems, tyre modelling and race car set-up, enabling you to determine vehicle interaction with circuit and driver. You will be taught industry-standard data logging techniques and software, as utilised by race engineers, allowing you to directly correlate vehicle physics with measured vehicle handling behaviour.
  • Module 8. Work Experience & Research Study

    30 Credits

    You are expected to complete a minimum of 40 hours of work experience during your programme of study. As part of this remit, you will produce a research study within the industry that includes project management, health and safety within the workplace and the development of a personal development portfolio.


Entry Requirements

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


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