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Nautical Science (Blended Learning) HND

(SCQF level 8)

Nautical Studies & Marine Engineering, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


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Riverside Campus


The City of Glasgow College provides an HND Nautical Science blended learning option for: 

  • Deck Officers progressing towards Chief Mate (Unlimited) certification and 
  • Holders of the HNC Nautical Science who wish to complete the HND 

Blended learning is a combination of techniques to deliver the same syllabus that you would receive via conventional classroom-based methods. You can access study material via the college virtual learning environment that consists of workbooks, videos, e-learning modules and quizzes as well as access to a range of library e-books.

As each unit of the HND is completed you are required to sit mock assessments to ensure that learning objectives have been completed. Additional support is provided by designated lecturers via email, Skype and telephone. Unit assessments and the HND graded unit exams are undertaken within a college approved facility. A preparatory course for the HND graded unit exam is provided within the college. 

The benefits of following this route include: 

  • Fit your learning around your work and home life 
  • Progress at your own pace 
  • Continue to work as you study 
  • Save on college accommodation costs

Full details of the program including detailed costs can be found in our blended learning brochure.


  • You can enrol on the course anytime throughout the academic year.
  • You can purchase each HND subject unit individually, to spread the cost. 
  • The cost shown on the right hand side panel is per unit and not the full cost of the course.  There are 9 subject units and 2 graded units costing between £250 and £500 per unit.  Total cost for the HND course is £3750. 

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • You must be in possession of an SQA HNC Nautical Science (Sometimes referred to as Part 1 of the HND Nautical Science) to undertake the HND program.
  • Equivalent academic qualifications may be accepted at the discretion of the college. 

If you intend to undertake the MCA Chief Mate (Unlimited) certificate on completion of the HND you must also hold a valid OOW (Unlimited). If your OOW certificate was obtained outwith the UK, you should satisfy yourself that your Certificate of Competency is acceptable to the MCA prior to commencing the program.

After the course


On successful completion of the HND, students seeking Chief Mate (Unlimited) certification will attend college to undertake the MCA written exam preparation course and MCA Oral exam preparation course as well as NAEST Management and HELM Management short courses.

  • Start Date:
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus