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Marine Engineering (Phase 3) HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Nautical Studies & Marine Engineering, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

21st Oct 2019, 1 year

21st Oct 2019, 1 year


Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This is a three-year training programme aimed at providing the necessary training and qualifications for employment as an Engineering Officer of the Watch.  There are a number of elements to the programme and also a compulsory sea time requirement.

The programme is structured into 5 phases:

  • Phase 1 – College phase where you will complete an NC in shipping and Maritime Operations, compulsory STCW short courses, MCA workshop skills and industrial experience. 
  • Phase 2 – Sea Phase where you will start your MNTB training record book in addition to a work-based learning course and a distance learning maths course.
  • Phase 3 - College phase where you will complete an HNC in Marine Engineering, STCW short courses, MCA workshop skills and industrial experience.
  • Phase 4 – Sea Phase where you will complete your MNTB training record book.
  • Phase 5 - College phase where you will prepare for your IAMI engineering knowledge examination, MCA Oral Examination and complete your final STCW short courses.

There are two main entry dates into this programme: September and January. 

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Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

To gain entry to the course you should have any of the following combinations of qualifications:

  • National 5/GCSE or equivalent which must include: English, Maths, Physical Science (e.g. Physics/Chemistry/Technological Studies/Engineering Science) and one other subject
  • NC Shipping and Maritime Operations (SCQF level 6) without optional Engineering Units.
  • Alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis in conjunction with the sponsoring company or training provider.

Additional selection requirements

  • Students must have a sponsoring company in order to fulfil the sea time requirement of this programme.  
  • Initial applications for this course should be submitted to a training provider or company.

What you study

During this programme, cadets will study the following subjects:

  • Electro-technology.
  • Marine Systems.
  • Mathematics.
  • Mechanics.
  • Naval Architecture.
  • Thermodynamics.
  • Leadership and Management.

Cadets will also complete our MCA approved workshop skills, industrial experience and Engine room ready programme which aims to develop practical understanding and skills required in the engine room to help aid their transition from college to sea.

In order to achieve your first Certificate of Competency, you will also complete short courses including:

  • First Aid.
  • Fire Fighting.
  • Sea Survival.
  • Tanker Familiarisation.
  • Rescue Craft.
  • Personal Survival Techniques.

After the course


On successful completion of the HNC programme, Cadets can gain employment as a fully qualified officer of the watch or choose to progress onto the HND Marine Engineering top up course, which will provide academic exemptions up to management level.


How the course is taught

This course has two distinct elements – at sea and at college. 

During the college phase, cadets will spend approximately 3 days a week in the classroom and 2 days a week in the marine workshop.  Cadets will also have the opportunity to learn in our engine room simulators in addition to completing a number of STCW short courses at locations in and around Glasgow.

At sea, cadets will work closely with ship’s crew in order to understudy the Engineering Officer of the Watch, in order to learn their roles and responsibilities, in addition to completing a training record book.

Assessment methods

During the HNC programme, cadets will be assessed using a variety of methods including:

  • Oral Presentations.
  • Portfolios and reports.
  • Written examinations.
  • Simulation exercises.
  • Competency-based assessments.

Additional Information


Materials will be made available to cadets through our virtual learning environment.

Dress code

As a sponsored cadet you will be expected to wear your company uniform every day into college. 

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    21st Oct 2019
    End Date:
    26th Jun 2020
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome