FdSc Motorsport Management and Logistics

About the course

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. The United Kingdom is the hub of the Motorsports industry worldwide, employing highly skilled professional people in all aspects of design, manufacture, competition and support. The aim of the Myerscough Motorsports course is to provide the skills that make a team successful, and provide an in depth understanding of the sport.

Motorsports is a multidisciplinary subject which involves the design, construction and preparation of competition vehicles. It also includes the planning of teamwork and the participation in competitive events. This course gives you the grounding and understanding of the fundamentals of motorsport technology whilst also having the opportunity to specialise in the management, marketing and operational aspects of the industry. You will gain an understanding in the current industry practices and standards, essential in preparing you to join the £6bn motorsport industry. The course covers management techniques and skills required to optimise staff performance whilst understanding the tasks, and terminology that they will use in their employment.

Course modules

Year 1

Academic and Vocational Skills

This module provides students with first-hand experience where students will use their industry environment to develop practical and technical skills. Students will record and reflect on their own personal development during the module.

Business Management

This module introduces key areas of management activity such as human resource management, leadership, marketing and finance to allow students to develop further knowledge and skills to improve future employability in land based industries.

Competition Car Preparation

The aim of this module is to enable students to explore the fundamental operating principles of competition Vehicles. Including the selection of components for competition vehicle preparation, race vehicle set-up, adherence to regulation and working to motorsport industry standards.

Engineering Principles

To provide students with the knowledge and practical experience of the most commonly used manufacturing processes, including; health and safety, Fitting and Sheet Metal, Lathework, Measurement and inspection, Milling, CNC Machining and Welding. Skills learned in this module will be transferable throughout the motorsport industry.

Data Collection

The methods used to collect data and the subsequent analysis techniques are a fundamental part of functioning within a scientific discipline. Furthermore, technical professions require graduates who can solve problems through the use of background research and are capable of testing concepts using the appropriate methods. Students will be taught to design experiments so that the data collected can be assessed for accuracy and reliability.

Logistics

Students will study how equipment, resources and people are transported throughout the UK and the EU. This will include various forms of legislation and learning how to comply with these regulations. Students will develop problem solving skills as well as being able to evaluate different solutions to given logistical problems. A major part of the assessment for this module is being able to evaluate the various logistical constraints and their impact on each other.

Year 2

Human Resource Management

People are the most important and expensive part of any business (sometime up to 80% of costs are related to a company’s employees). Therefore to be successful in management it is imperative that students have an understanding of the legal complexities of dealing with employees. This module will examine all aspects of employment law.

Team Management and Logistics

The way in which motorsport teams operate and the impact this has on the staff, drivers and partners of the team is examined in this module. Students will study team operational issues in a practical way and also look at how the different elements which have been covered throughout the course impact on each other.

Industry Project

This module applies the practical, technical and personal skills developed in an industry project. It will utilise a structured work environment for students to identify a suitable project, and work with their supervisor in developing and managing the project and reporting on the outcomes. Students will be encouraged to use the work project to develop professional working relationships and identify their chosen career options.

Management of Events

The delivery of an event can be a key factor in any chosen career. These events can only take place if the team organising them can work together efficiently. This module is used to show the different ways in which a team function, leadership styles and the ability for individuals to work in a team of people. These skills are not only useful in an event management context but also for any day-to-day activity from any chosen career path within the industry.

Marketing and Public Relations (Double module)

Motorsport as an industry is heavily reliant on good Marketing and Public Relations. The sport attracts interest from the general public and from the media, consequently media awareness is essential in running a successful motorsport business. The revenue on which the industry is dependent is in turn reliant upon the publicity and message transmission potentially generated by the sport. For any organisation to be successful in the motorsport industry it needs to understand and apply marketing and public relations strategy.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at Grade C or above (including Maths and English or equivalent)

Plus 48 UCAS Tariff points from one or more of the following:

• 2 A-levels (A2), at least one at C or above

• BTEC/C&G Level 3

• 2 Scottish Highers at C or above

• 3 Irish Highers at C or above

• International Baccalaureate at 24 points

• NVQ Level 3 in a relevant discipline

AS levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Scottish Intermediate 2s may be used to contribute to entry requirements but they are not sufficient for entry on their own. Alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.

All offers may be subject to successful interview

Learning and assessment

Learning Environment:

Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Students are expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and group presentations form an important part of the course. Students will have access to specialist IT hardware and software, an on-line learning environment and reference facility.

Assessment:

Students will face a variety of assessments including formative and summative assessment, essays, technical reports, group and individual presentations, individual study projects and case studies based on work experience.

Additional Information:

Visits to appropriate businesses who welcome Myerscough students are included. Students can be included in the race team support crew and assist at race events throughout the UK and Calendar.

What work experience can I get?

There is no formal work placement on this course. The Academic and Vocational Skills and Industry Project modules will utilise both on and off site working environments to provide the opportunity for students to develop real practical and technical skills and help prepare them for employment in their chosen subject area.

There is the option to intercalate and take a gap year to work in the industry anywhere in the world. This enables students to gain experience in a real working environment as well as increasing employment prospects. Students can gain practical experience through involvement in the College racing/rally teams. In the past this has involved working with current competition teams such as the Ford WRC team M-Sport.

Progression

On successful completion of the course, students may apply to top-up to a full Honours Degree in one year, for example; BSc (Hons) Motorsport Management and Logistics (Top-up).

Careers

Students gaining the Foundation Degree may seek employment in the motorsports industry and opportunities exist in all sections of the sport. Positions such as Team Co-ordinator (who plans the logistical movements for a team), Press Officer, administration and sales are all possible career paths.

Professional accreditations

Students will be encouraged to form links with local and national motorsport organisations such as the MIA and specialist clubs.

Special requirements

Steel toe capped footwear, flameproof overalls and a team race shirt are required.

Extra Costs:

Additional costs for items that are essential for the course include:

Flame proof overalls and safety footwear - £85

Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:

Accommodation and subsistence on field trips, visits and race events - £40

Race Team shirts - £30

Motorsport

The British motorsports industry is recognised as the best in the world with Britons at the heart of a vast range of worldwide motorsport activities. It is a huge industry employing people in businesses from retail performance specialists to preparation companies, with many Formula One and World Rally Teams based in the UK.

Myerscough College has seven motorsport workshops and a number of different competition cars for the continuing development and expansion of motorsport teaching. We believe that hands-on experience is an important aspect of learning and therefore encourages students to take part in a wide range of motorsport events throughout the UK. The department also now features a brand new motorcycle workshop for the learners on our new motorcycle programme.

NEW: Motorcycle Workshop

Myerscough College has recently invested in a brand new state of the art Motorcycle workshop for our new Motorcycle Maintenance course which offers students the chance to work on two wheels, understand the principles of motorcycle mechanics and get involved in the thriving motorcycle sport industry.

Our Partnership with UCLan

All our Higher Education programmes are awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Myerscough College is an Associate School of the University of Central Lancashire, a dynamic, vibrant and contemporary university located in Preston city centre. UCLan is one of the largest universities in the UK with world-leading and internationally excellent research areas. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.