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Chief Mate (Unlimited UK COC) - HND Nautical Science (Blended Learning)

Course Code: MD1EC75

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Start DateLocationDuration
AnytimeFleetwood Nautical Campus5 Years Enquire

Course Overview

Prepare for a Merchant Navy career or one of a growing number of shore-based opportunities with the Chief Mate (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency. This qualification comprises the HND Nautical Science, delivered by blended learning to allow you to work online at your own pace, with practical and formal assessments taking place at the College. The blended learning model includes the ability to track your progress throughout the programme and receive regular, supportive feedback on all your submitted work. Successful completion of the programme will effectively qualify you as a Chief Officer in the Merchant Navy, responsible for operating and managing commercial ships.

Fee Information

  • Full course fee - £4735
  • Fee payable at enrolment for Set One - £1590 (including SQA registration and online registration)

The remaining sets can be purchased individually throughout the course once you have attended College for the exam in Set One.

Entry Requirements

To achieve the Chief Mate (Unlimited) UK Certificate of Competency you will need to have the following:

  • 12 months’ watch-keeping service while holding an OOW (Unlimited) (II/I) Certificate of Competency – see MSN 1856
  • HNC Nautical Science
  • STCW short courses as required - see MSN 1865 for details and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) approved countries and centres
  • MCA SQA Navigation and Stability exams
  • MCA Orals

Students who can provide an MCA approved Unlimited Officer of the Watch (OOW) Certificate of Competency and have also completed 12 months’ seagoing service as an OOW will be eligible to join the HND Nautical Science programme.

Career Options and Progression

Modules and Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

There are no scheduled lessons for this course. Students complete this qualification using the resources and guidance provided, receive feedback on formative assessments and complete the summative assessments at College.

The HND programme is delivered using a blend of learning styles, with practical and formal assessments conducted in College and some assessments also occurring by distance learning.

To complete the underpinning knowledge for the Higher National Diploma (HND), you are required to work through the learning material and submit work for marking on a regular basis. Once the required standard has been met (ie all your tutor-marked test questions have been marked as competent) you will then need to attempt a pre-College test. Your College assessments will not be arranged until you have received ‘Proceed to College’ feedback on your pre-College tests.

Please note:

Students who do not submit work on a regular basis, attend College and complete summative assessments (exams) from the first set within the two-year enrolment period, cannot continue onto the remainder of the qualification.

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

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: SQA

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