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MCA Certificate Distance Learning Course

(SCQF level 7)

, 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.

Students can also request student cards to be provided to gain access to the College and make use of the College Library and facilities (courier fees may apply).

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


The registration process is very simple

  1. Complete and return the Student Application Form form to us. This form must be completed in full.
  2. We will log your request and send you an invite to make payment.
  3. You make payment following the instructions on the payment guide.
  4. Once we have matched your payment to your application, we will send you a link to finish your registration on the website, enabling access to the Online Learning environment (OLE).
  5. You begin studying your course.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • No minimum requirements as such for this course however, you should be working towards a Management Level Certificate of Competency in Engineering.
  • There are additional requirements for obtaining a Notice of Eligibility, please refer to MSN1857 for further details, specifically sections 3.5 & 3.6.

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.

Due to MCA restrictions, Engineering Knowledge Professional Subjects are not available as Distance Learning at this time.

After the course


Students will further their career in the Merchant Navy.

Please see the following flow chart for Potential Career Routes.

Further Questions

If you have any further questions not covered on this page, please feel free to contact us using the contact a lecturer button above. We endeavour to reply to queries in about 2 business days.


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.

Course content is offered in a variety of formats from documents, presentations, videos and practice quizzes. 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. Course Completion Certificates will be awarded for work that meets the passing requirements.

Past Papers are also available online for students to download and practice.

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

  • Mode of Study:
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Cost:
    £ 500