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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


Start Date



Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


9:00 - 18:00


Riverside Campus


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

The DLP is ideal for professionals 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 other online platforms.

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).


  1. Complete and return the Student Application 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, you will be pre-enrolled.
  5. Complete enrolment by following the instructional steps listed in ‘Remote Enrolment Guide,’ a copy of which will be sent to you.
  6. Only once you have fully enrolled will you have access to the course materials via MyCity, which is the name of the college’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

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

The following are the MCA Engineering Management level (III/2) Unlimited Academics subjects:

  • 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).

The full syllabus is available on the MCA website.

You must complete the units within the following time frames from the start date:

  • 18 months: up to 3 academic subjects.
  • 24 months: 4 or more subjects.

After the course


Students can use the qualifications gained to 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 learning materials. 

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 requirements. 

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

Assessment methods

For each subject you will need to submit an assignment via MyCity. Once you have received feedback, a course completion letter will be issued. You will then be given information on how to book an exam

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
  • Day(s):
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    9:00 - 18:00
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus