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Qualify for an exciting career at sea with the AdC Nautical Science, delivered by blended learning.
Fleetwood Nautical Campus is one of the UK’s top nautical establishments, with graduates enjoying outstanding success rates.
The course, when combined with the required STCW short courses and other MCA requirements, will entitle you to apply for an OOW (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency.
It provides the required knowledge, skills and experience for eventual seagoing employment as a Watchkeeping Officer in the Merchant Navy.
The AdC is delivered via blended learning, with formative assessments being conducted online.
You will be able to access teaching support from the Mumbai Maritime Training Institute (MMTI), where you will also complete your final assessments (supervised by B&FC staff).
Afterwards, you will then travel to the UK and attend Fleetwood Nautical Campus for further practical assessments, SQA Preparation, STCW Short Course and MCA Orals Preparation.
Applicants should hold 5 UK GCSEs at grades 9-4 (previously grades A* to C), or equivalent qualifications, including English Language, Maths and Science.
You should have completed at least 36 months’ sea time, including a minimum of 6 months’ watch-keeping, supported by testimonials issued by the ship’s master, CDC entries and documents issued by company representatives.
If you have less than 36 months’ sea service there is the possibility of enrolling onto the AdC and accruing the required seagoing service after completing your award. This will be at the discretion of the MMTI/Fleetwood Nautical Campus however. Please refer to MSN 1856.
You will also need to have English Language proficiency, equivalent to IELTS Overall Score 5.5 (Academic, General or UKVI).
Please note that before travelling to the UK for your MCA Orals exam, you will need to apply for a Notice of Eligibility, which currently costs £220 (correct as at Aug 2020).
Advanced Certificate Nautical Science
|Unit||Methods of assessment|
|HW6P 47 – Chart Work and Tides||Exam|
|HW6E 47 - Navigational Mathematics and Science||Exam|
|HW6R 47 - Marine Meteorology: An Introduction||Practical and exam|
|HW6G 47 - Bridge Watchkeeping||Exam|
|HW6H 47 - Marine Cargo Operations||Exam|
|HW6J 47 - Ship Stability: An Introduction||Exam|
|HW6K 47 - Naval Architecture: Ship Construction||Exam|
|HW6M 47 - Celestial Navigation||Practical and exam|
|HW72 47 - Marine Emergency Response and Communications||Exam*|
|HW73 47 - Marine Law and Management||Exam|
|HW6N 47 - Nautical Science Graded Unit||Exam|
|Total 11 written exams and 2 practical tests|
* MCA Signals exam required for Certificate of Competency.
Teaching and Learning Methods
This course is delivered through Blended Learning at the Mumbai Maritime Training Institute (MMTI), Mumbai, India.
Students are expected to work through the resources and guidance provided and submit the formative assessments. The MMTI staff are available to answer any questions as well as support students throughout their programme of study.
The AdC programme is delivered using a blend of learning styles, with assessments being conducted by distance learning as well as in a college environment.
To complete your underpinning knowledge for the AdC, you will need to work through all of the learning material and submit your work for marking on a regular basis. Throughout this process you will have access to support from staff at both Fleetwood Nautical Campus and the Mumbai Maritime Training Institute.
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
At the start of the course, you will need to purchase your own writing materials and drawing instruments for taking notes and chart work. These can be purchased from the College or any other supplier at a cost of usually no more than £50.
For support provided by the MMTI Staff, there is currently a cost of INR 177000 plus VAT, which may change slightly depending on the financial legislation in India at the time of enrolment.
All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
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Regulation and Accreditation
Accrediting Institution: N/A
Awarding Body: SQA
Terms and Conditions
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