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MCA Class 2 Orals

(SCQF level 6)

Nautical Studies & Marine Engineering, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


Riverside Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    This is an intensive course which has been specifically designed for serving Deck Officers holding an OOW Unlimited (STCW II/1) Certificate of Competency who wish to progress their qualifications to Chief Mates Unlimited (STCW II/1). The course will prepare you for the MCA Chief Mate Oral Examination.

    Course Dates

    The course runs a minimum of three times a year. The dates for 2020/21 are as follows:

    • 10th August 2020 - 4th September 2020.
    • 4th January 2021 - 29th January 2021.
    • 19th April 2021 - 14th May 2021.

    Please be advised in the current Covid-19 conditions the classes will be held remotely online. If you have any further questions or to book your place please contact

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    To qualify for the issue of UK Chief Mate unlimited, II/2, Certificate of Competency you must already hold a valid OOW unlimited, II/1, Certificate of Competency issued under the authority of an administration (Countries) whose Certificate of Competency (CoC) are accepted by MCA for the issue of a certificate of equivalent competency (CEC). Candidates holding a valid OOW unlimited CoC from any other country must have approval of acceptance from the MCA or an MCA issued NOE.

    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

    All the relevant topics from the syllabus as stipulated in MGN 69 for Chief Mate unlimited II/2

    (The course does not include Human Element, Leadership & Management (HELM) or Medical Care on Board (MCOB) as standard, but these can be booked as optional extras. Please discuss this with us at time of booking).

    After the course


    The course will prepare you to sit the Chief Mates MCA Oral exam, leading to a Ch.Mates (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency, 

    Progression to ships master's CoC after completion of the required sea time and success in the Master's Orals examination, or shore employment within the marine sector.

    Continuing Study

    Master's COC Unlimited on completion of the required sea time as stipulated by the MCA (Ref. MSN 1856).


    How the course is taught

    In the current Covid-19 conditions the classes will be held remotely online. 


    Assessment methods

    The College does not arrange your Oral Exam appointment, this is your responsibility to arrange directly with the MCA after obtaining your Notice of Eligibility. Assistance to apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) can be provided as required.

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      31st Aug 2020, 1 year
    • Location:
      Riverside Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome