MSA's AASE Scheme

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The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is a government-funded, performance enhancing course that aims to develop students into elite athletes.


It is a part of the MSA Academy initiative and caters for 16 to 18-year-old drivers and riders (in conjunction with the Auto-Cycle Union), though candidates of up to 24 years old are considered.


AASE is fundamentally a human performance programme but, because it also recognises the educational learnings of the students,

it allows motor sport driving to be a legitimate and responsible career choice.


Students receive three separate qualifications within the AASE framework:

a Level 3 NVQ in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance,

a Level 3 BTEC National Certificate in Sport (Performance and Excellence)

and an MSA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Motor Sport.


Should they wish, candidates are able to continue studying for their A levels at school in place of the BTEC qualification.


AASE has been running since 2004 and is now active across a range of sports, including football, tennis, golf, athletics and swimming.


Each year a panel will select one member of the AASE programme as the MSA Young Driver of the Year

who will attend the MSA Night of Champions in January to receive a trophy and a cheque for 1000.


If you wish to apply for the next AASE intake, please email:

For more information, please visit and download the additional materials on the MSA website

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