National Motorsport Academy

Studying with NMA

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 for over 30 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.

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.

Online Learning Environment

NMA are leading experts in delivering online motorsport engineering qualifications. We listen to our students, and have designed the functions of our online Virtual Learning Studio (VLS) to be easy to use and deliver stimulating course material.

The VLS is our exclusive, online resource which replaces the normal lectures given in Colleges and Universities. This provides links to other online resources and contains videos, images, quizzes and lectures. Students can rewind and re-watch until they are sure they have understood each topic. No frantic note taking and no missing an important lecture. Study when and where it suits you!

The VLS also has an industry zone to keep you up to date with the latest motorsport developments and career opportunities.

NMA's Flexible Online Learning

Studying with the NMA you can choose your own start date, there are no term times or semesters and no compulsory login times for seminars. You study at your own pace and can access the course anywhere you can get an internet connection.

Student Support & Guidance

The National Motorsport Academy has a team of dedicated staff and their goal is to support our students in every way possible to achieve their qualification in motorsport engineering. You will be assigned a subject expert tutor for each module of your course. The tutors can be contacted via email, phone or Skype as often as you need. Personal tutorials can also be arranged.

We also have a dedicated Student Support and Administration Team to help deal with any other queries such as payments, student loans advice and anything else you may need a helping hand with.

Our Student Support Helpline and your personal Tutor are available to contact anytime, Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm British Time.

Questions? Contact our Support Team now!

Motorsport Engineering Taught Online?

Motorsport Engineering is a very practical subject, however our ten step plan makes studying online easy

Login to your personal VLS profile and complete an online induction which introduces you to your tutor, the VLS and all the information about how the programme will be studied.

Complete a short worksheet on the information covered then upload this to complete the induction process.

The first module of the online course content will then be released and available on your VLS for you to view.

You can now view your personal deadline and how many days you have to complete the module.

Students will then read the module content and, for international degree students, read more extensively from the reading list supplied online and in the Student Handbook.

Complete supplied formative tasks to help develop the requisite skills and knowledge.

Once all assignment tasks are complete the student will upload their work through the VLS.

Students then have the chance to ask their tutor for feedback before finally submitting work for marking.

Receive detailed written feedback from your tutor against each assessment criteria and how to improve your performance in the future.

Talk to your tutor on email or via Skype to discuss your feedback and progression options.

You will not have to take an exam! Your personal tutor will assess your assignments as you submit them throughout the course. The Mathematics for Motorsports module is assessed through online, multiple choice tests which you can take at any time to suit you.

Entry Requirements

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.

A full list of entry requirements can be found on each course page.

NMA Student Engineers

Practical Work Experience

If you can’t find experience yourself the NMA can assist you with finding work
experience as a volunteer with a race team at weekends, once you are enrolled and studying on the programme. Additional practical experience for students is
also available by applying to join Team NMA at British GT Cup race weekends.

Online Student Forum

Our online student forum is located on the VLS. This is a closed forum so only NMA students can join the conversations. Students enjoy discussing their design projects, encouraging others and offering advice as well as sharing work and offering top tips for approaching modules.

We have an extremely active student and Alumni-base on the forum and whenever you visit, even evenings or weekends, when Tutors are away from the office, there are always others willing to support you.

Industry Leading Software

As an NMA student you will have free access to the most expensive, Industry leading software during your studies. You will be taught how to master this software through step-by-step video tutorials and student tasks.

Many manufacturers and large race teams look for software and simulation skills in their R&D Engineers and having experience of this leading software gives you a competitive advantage when applying to join the top teams.

Alongside the more usual 3D CAD and Finite Element Analysis packages you will also become an expert at using GT-Suite, ChassisSim, Star-CCM+ and MATLAB.

Find out more in our full course guide

Why Study with NMA?

Degree Student Entitlements

Thanks to our partnership with De Montfort University Leicester (DMU), even though you will be studying online, all of our degree students are also entitled to benefits such as NUS Cards, free access to AutoCAD software and also use of the DMU library services and any other library under the SCONUL access scheme, either by post or online.