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MCA Certificate Distance Learning Course

(SCQF level 7)

Nautical Studies & Marine Engineering, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study



Riverside Campus


£ 500


The Distance Learning Programme (DLP) is for students who need to complete the MCA’s academic subjects leading to award of Certificates of Competency (CoC).

They are ideal for students of the college, who are unable to attend full-time, college-based courses.

Benefits of Distance Learning:

  • Fit your learning around your work and home life.
  • Progress at your own pace.
  • It costs less than traditional learning - no travel or accommodation costs.

Although distance learning students will not have the advantage of the social interaction with the lecturer and other students in a classroom environment, you will have access to lecturers via email, telephone and Skype, and there will be online discussion forums where you can ‘chat’ to other students. In addition, a one-to-one discussion is arranged with your assigned lecturer prior to sitting your exams.

You can study any number of subjects simultaneously, however, you should take into consideration other work and family commitments.

To enrol on any of our distance learning courses you will need to complete and return the following form to us. This form must be completed in full and emailed to to start your application.

After setting up your application we will create a payment request for you.  Please be advised the average processing time is 10 days to create an account after your payment is made.

Recent MCA Engineering Changes

From 1st January, the second and Chief Engineer academic examinations will be combined to form Management Level Academic (III/2) examinations for each subject.
Please see the changes in detail here: Management Level Changes

Full details can be found on the MCA website.

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Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • No minimum requirements as such, however, you will have been required to complete and pass the subject through a Notice of Eligibility issued to you by the MCA.

Additional selection requirements

  • A new sea time requirement is explained in the following flowchart - Sea Time Requirement Flow Chart.
  • Full details can be found in sections 3.5 and 3.6 of MCA document MSN 1857 (M+F) available from the MCA website.

What you study

MCA Engineering Management level (III/2) Unlimited Academics

Subjects available:

  • Applied Mechanics (040-31).
  • Applied Heat (040-32).
  • Electro-Technology (040-33).
  • Naval Architecture (040-34).
  • Mathematics (040-35). 
  • Engineering, Systems and Ship's Drawings (040-36).

Full syllabus is available on the MCA website.


General Engineering Science Subjects available:

  • General Engineering Science I (Maths & Mechanics).
  • General Engineering Science II (Heat & Electrotechnology).

GES I & II are for Second Engineer <3000, Class 1 Fishing Engineer,
Yacht 2 Chief Engineer (Y)

Full syllabus is available on the MCA website

After the course


Students will further their career in the Merchant Navy.

Please see the following flow chart for Potential Career Routes.


How the course is taught

You will receive a login to MyCity, the college Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), allowing access to course handouts, assessments and discussion forums.

Dedicated lecturer support will be available via Skype lectures, email and telephone.

Each subject requires the submission of an assignment via MyCity. This assignment will be reviewed and feedback provided.

If you live near the college, a student card will be provided, allowing access to college facilities such as the library.

  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Cost:
    £ 500