Marine Engineering - Advanced Diploma (Blended Learning)

Course Code: MD1EC106

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
AnytimeFleetwood Nautical Campus5 Years Enquire

Course Overview

The Advanced Diploma 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 Diploma (Adv Dip) in Marine Engineering by Blended Learning to students who are overseas, work full time or prefer to study in a flexible mode.

The Advanced Diploma (Adv Dip) Marine Engineering programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for a career within the maritime industry. The alignment to industry bodies will ensure you meet all the required outcomes to support a career at sea which, when coupled with additional vocational training, will support your eligibility for a career in the field of Marine Engineering and will provide you with the academic exemptions for STCW95 Reg III/2 Chief Engineer Unlimited Engineering Certification. Blended Learning combines online learning with college based assessment.

Fee Information

Full course fee - £6285.00*

Fee payable at enrolment for Set Four or Set Five - £1185 or £1695 (including SQA registration)

The remaining sets can be purchased individually throughout the course once you have passed the exams in Set One.

*Less £1020 for students who obtained 120 unit credits at HNC, as they will start on Set Five.


 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.

You will be required to have completed an Advanced Certificate (Adv Cert) in Marine Engineering or alternatively, hold an MCA recognised Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW) Certificate of Competency (CoC) which is comparable to the 96 credits of the Adv Cert award. In this case, the College will undertake a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) exercise, which is the process for recognising previous learning that has taken place in informal, formal or non-formal contexts: for example, in the workplace and through life experiences.

Once recognised through this process, prior learning can be used to gain credit or exemption for qualifications. This process can also be used to recognise any additional units you have undertaken, of supporting documentation is provided. Please refer to MSN 1857 for CoC requirements.

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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