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Nautical Science/ Chief Mate/ Master - January Start HND

Nautical Studies & Marine Engineering, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

10th Jan 2022, 3 years


Riverside Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    This course is designed for you to progress from OOW level (deck) to chief mates level. You will also complete the following short courses HELM Management, NAEST Management and a medical care certificate. The course will equip you to become a competent and efficient chief mate.

    There are assessments for the HND units, preparation for the MCA Mates/Masters written exams and also for the MCA Mates oral exam. Students should enrol on each of the courses separately.

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • A recognised complete sea time of 12 months at OOW level.
    • An MCA approved OOW certificate.
    • A NAEST (M) certificate (to be valid when finally applying for your COC). The NAEST(M) course is scheduled within the course program.

    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

    You'll study:

    • Marine Passage Planning.
    • Management of Bridge Operations.
    • Applied Marine Meteorology.
    • Ship Stability: Theory and Practical Applications.
    • Marine Vessel Structures and Maintenance.
    • Management of Vessel Operations.
    • Ships Master Law and Business.
    • Shipboard Management.
    • Marine Engineering Systems.
    • Compass.
    • Assistance to apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE)
    • Preparation for the SQA Written exams
    • Preparation for the MCA Oral Exams
    • Mandatory Short Courses for Chief Mate unlimited COC:-
      • Human Element, Leadership and Management (HELM Management)
      • Navigation Aids, Equipment Simulator Training (NAEST Management)

    The course does not include Medical Care on Board as standard and this should to be booked as an added extra.  Time is set aside for those requiring to do this course, please discuss this with us at time of booking to arrange.  

    The College do not arrange your Oral Exam appointment, this is your responsibility to arrange directly with the MCA after obtaining your Notice of Eligibility.

    After the course


    Progression to ships Mate /Master or shore employment within the Maritime Sector.


    How the course is taught

    • Online and face to face lectures. 
    • Tutorials. 
    • Study packs.
    • Problem-based scenarios.
    • Case studies. 
    • Group/teamwork.
    • Online materials.
    • Quizzes.

    Assessment methods

    Appropriate assessment tools are in place for all HND units. The assessment strategy reflects the needs of the SQA, STCW and MCA

    Additional Information

    Dress code


    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      10th Jan 2022
      End Date:
      3rd Jun 2022
    • Location:
      Riverside Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome