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MCA Class 1 Orals Only

(SCQF level 7)

Nautical Studies & Marine Engineering, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study



Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This is an intensive course which has been specifically designed for serving Deck Officers holding a Chief Mate Unlimited (STCW II/2) Certificate of Competency who wish to progress their qualifications to Master Unlimited (STCW II/2). The course will prepare you for the MCA Masters Oral Examination. Masters Orals classes are conducted in conjunction with the Chief Mates Orals classes for better and diverse learning experience.

Under the current Covid-19 conditions our MCA Orals classes will be primarily delivered remotely online. We may conduct classes as face-to-face as well while being delivered remotely from the classroom.

In addition to the day classes, all Masters candidates will have scheduled evening sessions in the 360° full mission bridge simulator at no extra cost.

Course Dates

The course runs a minimum of three times a year. The dates for 2020/21 are as follows:

  • 10th August 2020 - 04th September 2020.
  • 4th January 2021 - 29th January 2021.
  • 19th April 2021 - 14th May 2021.

These are the current dates however, there may be further dates added in the future. If these dates are not suitable, please contact us to register your interest, and we can keep you posted on any new courses added.

The course will prepare you to sit the Masters Oral exam, leading to a Masters (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency.

Ready to Apply?

Download the application pack and follow the instructions inside.

If you have any further questions not covered on this page or the application pack please contact us. We aim to reply to queries in about 2 business days.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

You must meet one of the following criteria

  • 36 months sea service as a Watch Keeping Deck Officer while holding an OOW Unlimited II/1 CoC OR
  • 24 months services as a watchkeeping officer if at least 12 months of such seagoing service has been served as Chief Mate while holding a Chief Mate unlimited, II/2, Certificate of Competency.

NB: Please refer to MSN 1856 Section 3.4 and Annex A for further details.

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

There are four weeks of core classes, with three extra days allocated for mock orals and additional topics as required.

You’ll study:

  • Navigation.
  • Cargo Handling and Stowage.
  • Response to Emergencies.
  • Shipboard Operations and Management.
  • Business and Law.

In addition to the day classes, all Masters candidates normally have scheduled evening sessions in the 360° full mission bridge simulator at no extra cost. However, this may not be possible under the Covid-19 operating conditions but we'll keep you informed.

The course does not include Human Element, Leadership & Management (HELM) or Medical Care on Board (MCOB) as standard, but these can be booked as optional extras. Please discuss this with us at time of booking.

The college does not arrange your Oral Exam appointment, this is your responsibility to arrange directly with the MCA after obtaining your Notice of Eligibility. Assistance to apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) can be provided as required.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome