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Shipping and Maritime Operations (August Pre-Cadetship) NC

(SCQF level 6)

Nautical Studies & Marine Engineering, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

26th Aug 2020, 1 year


Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


The maritime Industry is anything related to the Oceans, Sea, Shipping, Ports and Harbours and everything in-between! As an island nation, the UK has one of the most vibrant and competitive maritime sectors in the world; and is set to grow exponentially over the next few decades.

The Merchant Navy is the collective term for commercial shipping and includes a variety of vessels from cruise ships to tankers and cargo ships of all description.  In order to train as an officer in the merchant navy, you will first need to pick a specialisation; whether it be Deck, Electro-technical or Marine Engineering.

This course has been designed to allow access to people who want to succeed in this field and who have the drive and determination to succeed but do not have the required qualifications to gain entry onto a SPD Cadetship.

For further information see Careers at Sea.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above including Mathematics, English or Physics, OR
  • Successful completion of the Access to Maritime & STEM pre-caddetship.
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will be considered.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.

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

The NC Shipping and Maritime Operations is made up of a number of units including:

  • Communication and IT.
  • Electrical Engineering.
  • Marine Engineering.
  • Maths.
  • Nautical Science.

Additionally, you will also focus on your development, leadership, team work and employability skills.

The NC Shipping and Maritime Operations course will give you a taste of all three Merchant Navy career streams so you can get you can get a real insight into what each department onboard a ship does. Throughout the year we will organise industry speakers and experience days to give you a real flavour of what a career in the Maritime Industry is all about!

After the course


If you want to go to sea as a Deck, or Engineering Officer:

  • All students starting a Deck, or Engineering Officer course must be sponsored by a shipping company, or training provider. We will arrange an interview for you with a training provider. If you are successful at interview you will be offered a place on the first year of the Scottish Professional Diploma leading to your first Certificate of Competency as a Deck, or Engineering Officer.
  • Prior to entry onto a Deck, or Engineering Trainee Officer Programme you will also have to pass a medical examination.

Continuing study

Successful students can progress on to:

This course has been designed to provide an enhanced access route into the Merchant Navy; through a fully sponsored SPD Cadetship with a renowned shipping company.  These cadetships are all sponsored three year programmes, which will not only give you training at a world-class college, but also a guaranteed work placement onboard a ship that can be anywhere in the world.

Additional Information

Dress code

During this course you will be expected to maintain a uniform which should be worn throughout the course.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    26th Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome