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UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency Officer of the Watch (Reg11/ 1) (including HNC Nautical Science) HNC

Nautical Studies & Marine Engineering, Faculty of Nautical

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Mode of Study


Start Date

27th Aug 2018, 1 year

27th Aug 2018, 1 year


Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


The COGC offers a full MNTB approved Deck Officer Cadet Training programme by a Higher National Certificate (HNC) route, leading to the award of a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Deck Officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW’95 II/I OOW), and the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Nautical Science.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. For more information on the framework visit:

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, please follow the link below for more information:

What you study

You'll study:

  • Bridge watch-keeping
  • Celestial navigation
  • Marine cargo operations
  • Naval architecture ship construction
  • Marine law and management
  • Ship stability: An introduction
  • Chartwork and Tides
  • Marine Meteorology: An Introduction
  • Navigational Mathematics and Science
  • Marine Emergency Response and Communication
  • Information Technology: Applications

After the course


This course prepares you for a career as a Merchant Navy Deck Officer or shore-based employment in the shipping industry. You could apply for our higher level Deck Officer or Master Mariner qualifications, or a degree in maritime studies with various institutions. 

Additional Information

Dress code

Cadets are expected to wear nice and clean uniform which will be provided by their training providers.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    27th Aug 2018
    End Date:
    19th Apr 2019
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome