VTS (V103/1) Module 4 - Nautical Knowledge (Blended Learning)

Course Code: MD1EC64

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Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
AnytimeFleetwood Nautical Campus3 Hours / £1,470Enquire

Course Overview

This course is designed to keep in mind the busy schedule of the port operators.

It provides them the flexibility to complete the module while still at work, benefiting both the operators and their employers.

It is particularly suited to the needs of the individuals who wish to work or continue to work in the VTS operations and do not have the necessary background to meet the VTS Nautical Knowledge module 4 of the IALA (V103/1) requirements.

The syllabus of the course covers the requirement for VTS Operators to be able to carry out certain navigational functions and to have sufficient knowledge of ships to understand limitations of manoeuvrability or the need for special treatment caused by malfunction of shipboard systems or the type of cargo being carried.

This course covers the theory and practice of chart work, provides knowledge of the collision regulations, buoyage and electronic aids to navigation systems as well as shipboard navigational equipment.

It also provides an understanding of ship design matters, certain shipboard systems and some circumstances external to a ship which might influence its behaviour.

This course also provides knowledge of port operations as well as other services provided to shipping by ports, harbours and offshore installations.

The course is split into six different sections covering all the IALA requirements for Nautical Knowledge.

This is a blended learning course. Learners can enrol at any time to suit their needs. It is expected that learners should be able to complete it within 12 months of enrolment. 

The course can typically take around 6 – 12 weeks to complete with 6 hours per day commitment and dedication.

Entry Requirements

There is no specific entry requirements for this course.

Overseas clients need to meet the requirement of the English language as per IALA V103 requirements as follows:

“All VTS personnel are required to meet the English Language requirement. Recommended training hours for Module 1 (Language) of the IALA Model Course V- 103/1 are set on the assumption that VTS trainees have achieved an International English Language Testing Scheme (IELTS) Level 5 or equivalent prior to commencement of training.

"The validity of an IELTS certificate is two years. If the IELTS certificate has been obtained earlier than the two-year validity period, the candidate should demonstrate evidence that they have maintained or improved their proficiency in English.”

Career Options and Progression

Modules and Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

This is a blended learning course.

Blended learning is a form of distance learning, allowing you to qualify from anywhere in the world.

Ideal if you are based overseas, work full-time or prefer a flexible mode of study.

Blended learning facilitates experiential learning while providing you with valuable time at your workplace or home.

There are no scheduled lessons for this course.

You are required to work through the learning material and complete this qualification using the resources and guidance provided online, complete formative assessments in the form of quizzes and complete the final examination.

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

Fees, Cancellation & Transfer Policy

Private delegate - tuition fees are to be paid in full at the time of booking.

All fees are strictly non-refundable except when the College cancels the course.

Company sponsored delegate

  • Companies who hold credit accounts with the College will be invoiced following delivery of the Course
  • New companies are required to pay at the time of booking for their first course; credit facilities may be available on request, following successful credit checks.

Off-Premises and Distance Contracts Only

Please refer to College Terms & Conditions.

Course Transfers

If you are unable to attend your course you may be able to transfer to another available date. All transfer requests must be received in writing by FOSC no later than 5 working days prior to the commencement date of the course. Email cancellations during the weekend period are strictly not acceptable for courses that commence on a Monday or Tuesday. Company delegates that fail to attend on the commencement date of the course and have not provided 5 working days written notice will be invoiced the full course fee. Private delegates that fail to attend and have not provided 5 working days written notice will be charged the full course fee, no course transfer date will be processed and their payment will be lost. All second transfer requests incur a £55.00 administration fee. Delegates who have made multiple transfers (3+) and fail to attend without the required prior notice in writing will be charged a relevant fee at the discretion of FOSC.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: NONE

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