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Shipping and Maritime Operations NC

(SCQF level 6)

Nautical Studies & Marine Engineering, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

3rd Sep 2018, 1 year

3rd Sep 2018, 1 year


Riverside Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course is for anyone looking to start their career in the Maritime Industry. It will introduce you to a range of topics and provide a background into how the Industry is regulated and the functions of the business ashore and at sea.

This course is an ideal introduction if you want to:

  • Work at sea as a Deck Officer.
  • Work at sea as an Engineer Officer.
  • Work in a ship management company.
  • Work in port operations.

If you want to work at sea this course will give you allow you to choose between a Deck Officer career path. Successful completion of this course does not mean you are qualified to work at sea as an Officer, but it does provide access onto the next stage of the training programme.

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Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above including Maths, Physics, or Technological Studies; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.
  • If you have left school and acquired other life skills which don’t meet the qualifications above, you may be able to gain access through to recognised prior learning of your skills.

Additional selection requirements

  • All students starting a Deck Officer course must be sponsored by a shipping company or training provider.
  • Prior to entry onto a Deck, or Engineering Trainee Officer Programme you will also have to pass a medical examination.

What you study

You'll study a range of subjects which will develop your skills in a maritime context. The course will be delivered through a mix of classroom and practical sessions. You'll develop a range of skills and in subjects such as:

  • Ship Construction and Stability.
  • Bridge Watchkeeping.
  • Shipboard Operations: An Introduction.
  • Maritime Industry: An Introduction.
  • Nautical Science: An Introduction.
  • Safety training of Seafarers.

After the course


After the course you will be working for your sponsoring company ship as Deck cadet and complete your Deck Cadet Training Programme by a Higher National Certificate (HNC) route, leading ultimately to the award of a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Deck Officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW’95 II/I OOW), and the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Nautical Science.

Continuing Study

If you want you can choose to go for HND Nautical Science.  If you achieve the HND Nautical Science, you will be eligible to apply for 2nd or 3rd year entry to main degree programmes at higher education institutions.

Additional Information

Dress code

Cadets are expected to wear nice and clean uniform provided by their training providers.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    3rd Sep 2018
    End Date:
    1st Feb 2019
  • Location:
    Riverside Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome