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Chief Mate/ Master Post HND

Nautical Studies & Marine Engineering, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

18th Jan 2021, 1 year


Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course is designed for you to progress from OOW level (deck) to Chief mates or Masters level (Management CoC). 

It is for Officers who hold a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Nautical Science from a UK Establishment.  If you do not hold an HND, or hold an SPD or FD, then this course is not for you.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Course Dates

This course is offered twice a year as follows:-

  • 14th September 2020 - 5th February 2021.
  • 18th January 2021 - 21st May 2021.

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Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Valid HND in Nautical Science from an approved UK institute.
  • Recognised sea time of at least 12 months at an OOW level.
  • NAEST Operational Certificate OR NARAS Operational Certificate.

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:

  • Assistance to apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE).
  • Preparation for the SQA Written exams.
  • Preparation for the MCA Oral Exams.
  • Mandatory short courses: 
    • 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 would need 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


The course will equip you with the skills to become a competent and efficient Chief Mate. 

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    18th Jan 2021
    End Date:
    14th May 2021
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome