Marine Engineering - Advanced Certificate (Blended Learning)

Course Code: MD1EC104

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
AnytimeFleetwood Nautical Campus5 Years Enquire

Course Overview

The Advanced Certificate in Marine Engineering qualification forms part of the education and training towards a UK Certificate of Competency (CoC). Those issued by Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) must be completed in an MCA approved training centre if they are being used towards gaining a CoC.

Fleetwood Nautical Campus currently offers the Advanced Certificate (AdC) in Marine Engineering by Blended Learning to students who are overseas, work full time or prefer to study in a flexible mode.

Blended Learning combines online learning with college based assessment.

Fee Information

Full course fee - £4245

Fee payable at enrolment for Set One - £1525

Set One must be paid for at enrolment; the remaining sets can be purchased individually throughout the course once you have attended college for the Set One exams.


 There are a range of potential funding options available to you:  

  • Sponsorship from your employer 
  • Scholarship opportunities, such as those found through the Marine Society:  
  • As an active student you can also become a student member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). This offers benefits such as Awards, Funding, Sponsorship, Scholarships and bursaries:

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is at the discretion of the centre.

The entry requirements are 4 GCSEs Grade A-C including English, Maths and Science and 48 UCAS at level 3 with at least one science based subject. Typically, you will have completed a level 3 diploma in shipping and maritime operations.

Where non-UK qualifications are used to measure suitable entry level, then the learner would have equivalent qualifications to the above, including English language as necessary.

Students following the Experienced seafarer programme MSN 1857 3.3.1, require 24 months’ seagoing service on merchant ships of at least 350 kW³

Hold either:

  • An Engine Watch Rating Certificate STCW regulation III/4; or
  • A Marine Engine Operator Licence (MEOL); or
  • A Senior Marine Engine Operator Licence (SMEOL);
  • Hold basic STCW safety training certificates;
  • Personal Survival Techniques (STCW Code A-VI/1-1);
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (STCW Code A-VI/1-2);
  • Elementary First Aid (STCW Code A-VI/1-3);
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (STCW Code A-VI/1-4);
  • Hold a valid ENG1 (medical fitness certificate) or accepted equivalent.

Whilst the sea service articulated is an integral element of the certification to MCA Certificate of Competency, it does not form part of the SQA Advanced award. 
Unfortunately, the College can NOT advise on any issues concerning sea-time or certificate validity. You MUST contact the MCA.

Career Options and Progression

Modules and Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

Following enrolment to a set of modules, your teaching and learning will be supported by learning materials which have been created by the blended learning team. These resources provide an outline of each module, a recommended reading list and provide details of the module syllabus and learning outcomes. Interactive resources are utilised on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) including, but not limited to, Marine Notices, Power Points, useful web links to industry publications, Excel spreadsheets, video tutorials, clinics, and e-books.

You will submit work using the VLE, both formative and summative assessments, where appropriate.

Any practical activities can be supported with on-site attendance, as identified in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP) or during subsequent progression meetings. Practical activities are not mandatory, but further enhance your learning experience. These activities are often a reflection of industrial activities, and can therefore be undertaken in an industrial setting.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of maritime and nautical courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice. .

Tuition Fees

Methods of Payment;

Payments may be made by the following methods only;

  • Bankers draft – made payable to Blackpool and The Fylde College
  • Bank transfer (bank details provided on request)
  • Credit / Debit Card


All International students wishing to enter the UK for the purpose of Deck OOW CoC must meet the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) criteria for short term study visa. We strongly recommend you check that you meet the criteria before applying to enrol onto the course.

MMTI students are to pay tuition fees at enrolment with B&FC

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

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