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EOOW and IAMI Examination Preparation and Record Book Guidance

(SCQF level 6)

Nautical Studies & Marine Engineering, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st May 2021, 3 weeks


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


9:00 - 17:00


Riverside Campus


£ 3700


This four-week course will assist you in preparing for:

  • International Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI) Engineering Knowledge (EK) written examinations.
  • MCA oral examination for Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW) at III/1 level.

NOE application must be made by you direct to MCA Southampton.  MCA can be contacted via phone on: +44 23 8032 9231 (choose option three).

The IAMI administers the written Engineering Knowledge examination on behalf of MCA.  The college provides the examination form and associated guidance during induction.  Oral examinations are booked directly with the MCA examination centre of your choice.

As part of your application, we'll assess your documentation and advise you of any ancillary courses you may need to achieve your Officer rating.

Following sea time requirements apply:

  • 9 months of approved sea time;
  • 12 months of approved sea time; if you have not managed to obtain 9 months sea time within 5 years of enrolling on your HND (Start date at your parent college i.e. AMET, BP Marine, MTI etc).

Alternative Route

If you take longer than five years to complete your HND and obtain the minimum sea time you are removed from the MNTB 1+1 overseas route you originally started on and can obtain your EOOW COC using the Alternative Route. MCA guidance on the Alternative Route can be found in MIN 511.

EK Past Papers

View a sample of IAMI written EK exam papers here.

View the engineering results page here.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

The ability to obtain NOE at EOOW III/1 level which includes:

  1. A completed Training Record Book and Workbook.
  2. The required sea time.
  3. MNTB/MCA Workshop Skills Certificate.
Training Record Book
Additional Studies Required
Application Process
Visa Support for International Students
Points to Remember


Training Record Book

The college is now responsible for assessing your training record book (TRB) for completion and the workbook for the quality of report submission.  This is in order to guarantee the quality of work you have completed before applying for an NOE and will help reduce NOE refusals.

The college will assess your progress and recommend remedial work to be done either at City of Glasgow College or your parent institute.  In exceptional cases, we will recommend additional sea time to complete the remaining tasks.

Additional Studies Required

If you have outstanding units of study required to obtain your HND or complete the MNTB workshop skills certificate, we will provide an appropriate lesson plan to commence after the first IAMI exam attempt has been completed.  Most subjects will be offered on an exam only basis and you will be expected to study in your own time prior to arriving in the UK.  You will have full access to the study materials via our distance learning portal on MyCity once you have been accepted on the course and enrolled.

The college will not permit students with outstanding academic resits to join during the June course and they will be asked to attend the next course starting after the Summer break.  This is because there will be limited staff available to teach and/or host examinations.

Application Process

In the first instance, you must complete the online application for the course you wish to attend.

This is started by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ buttons at top of the page.

As part of the application process, you are required to upload supporting documents in a PDF file format. These should include

  1. Scanned pages of your full training record book.
  2. Scanned pages of your workbook including reports and diagrams.
  3. Copy of your HND or any Further Education Certificate you hold.
  4. Scanned copy of your discharge book (photo and ship details).
  5. Scanned copy of your Sea-service testimonials.
  6. Scanned copy of your current passport (photo and address pages).
  7. Scanned copy of your MNTB/MCA Workshop Skills Certificate.

All PDF documents must be a maximum file size of 20MB but you are allowed to upload multiple files if required. 

Once a full booking submission has been made, the college will conduct a suitability assessment. This includes a check for any additional units of study required, college fees owed, minimum sea time has been attained and a full assessment of your TRB and workbook.

We will issue you with this suitability assessment, TRB/workbook recommendations and an invoice for all course fees required which must be paid in advance.

Once all college fees have been paid an NOE supporting letter / College Action plan and a visa supporting letter if required will be issued. It would then be possible to apply for an NOE from your home country.

Visa Support for International Students

  • If you require a visa to enter the UK, the college will be able to support your visa application in the "Short-term study visa" category.
  • Your Visa Letter will only be issued if your start date is less than 3 months away.
  • View Government advice on Short-term study visa application.
  • Additional guidance on obtaining a visa can be obtained from the UK Council for International Students Affairs.

Before submitting your visitor application, please ensure:

  • You have selected to apply for a "Short-term study visa" - DO NOT apply for a Standard Visitor visa.
  • You must enter your visit dates so that they exactly correspond with the dates given on your support letter.
  • You must disclose any previous visa refusals and/or periods of overstaying in the UK. If you do not do this, you will be liable to receive a ban on travelling to the UK.

Points to Remember:

  • You need to provide the original documents and a photocopy of each.
  • You need to provide a certified translation of any documents that aren't in English.
  • You need a page in your passport that is blank on both sides for your visa.
  • You need to provide evidence that you can financially support yourself during your trip, eg bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months (or equivalent from your financial sponsor).
  • As far as possible, you must demonstrate the source of your maintenance funds.
  • You should also include with your application where possible, evidence of your ties to your home country (familial ties to your home country, property owned etc) as this helps to demonstrate that you are a genuine and credible student who will leave the UK at the end of their period of study.
  • For students following our HND route to Officer progression you should state your occupation as "student" and not "employed" on the visa application.


Once you receive the outcome of your visa application, please send a scanned copy of your visa (or visa refusal) to the International Office.

Additional selection requirements

Ideally, this course is for City of Glasgow College international students following the one + one route, in either:

  • HND (Mechanical Engineering) with Marine Engineering; OR
  • HND (Marine Engineering).

What you study

You'll study the syllabus for both:

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st May 2021, 3 weeks
  • Day(s):
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    9:00 - 17:00
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Cost:
    £ 3700