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.
The Advanced Apprenticeship 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 £1,000.
If you wish to apply for the next AASE intake, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, athletes and parents can download respective AASE leaflets below.