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Access to Maritime & STEM (Aug pre-cadetship) Access

(SCQF level 5)

, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

26th Aug 2020, 1 year


Riverside Campus


The maritime Industry is anything related to the Oceans, Sea, Shipping, Ports and Harbours and everything in-between! As an island nation, the UK has one of the most vibrant and competitive maritime sectors in the world; and is set to grow exponentially over the next few decades.

The Merchant Navy is the collective term for commercial shipping and includes a variety of vessels from cruise ships to tankers and cargo ships of all description.  In order to train as an officer in the merchant navy, you will first need to pick a specialisation; whether it be Deck, Electro-technical or Marine Engineering.

This course has been designed to allow access to people who want to succeed in the maritime industry who have the drive and determination to succeed; but have missed out on the entry requirement for a sponsored cadetship.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • National 4 Maths, English or Physics.
  • Alternative qualifications and expereince will be considered.

Please be aware that in order to progress onto a full cadetship, an ENG1 medical certificate is required.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited to a group and/or individual interview where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

The Access to Nautical & STEM course will focus on a number of key STEM subjects; including:

  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Nautical Science

Additionally, you will also focus on your development, communication, team work and employability skills.

The Access to Nautical & STEM course will give you a taste of all three Merchant Navy career streams so you can get you can get a real insight into what each department onboard a ship does. Throughout the year we will organise industry speakers and experience days to give you a real flavour of what a career in the Maritime Industry is all about.

After the course


You'll be eligible to apply for the NC Shipping and Maritime Operations course which leads to the first stage of qualification as a sea-going Deck or Engineering Officer.

Continuing study

Successful students can progress on to:

This course has been designed to provide an access route into the Merchant Navy; through a fully sponsored HNC/D Cadetship with a renowned shipping company.  These cadetships are all sponsored three year programmes, which will not only give you training at a world-class college, but also a guaranteed work placement onboard a ship that can be anywhere in the world!


How the course is taught

The course will be delivered through a mix of classroom and practical sessions

Assessment methods

This course will be assessed through a variety of methods, including practical activities; examinations and presentations.

Additional Information

Dress code

On this course, you will be issued with a uniform which you will be expected to maintain and wear each day you are in college or on a college related activity.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    26th Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus