Chief Mate (Unlimited UK COC) - Advanced Diploma Nautical Science - MMTI

Course Code: MD1EC78

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Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
AnytimeCommunity Based1 YearEnquire

Course Overview

Prepare for a Merchant Navy career or one of a growing number of shore-based opportunities with the AdD in 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 AdD in Nautical Science, when combined with the required STCW short courses and other MCA requirements, will entitle you to apply for a Chief Mate (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency.

It provides the required knowledge, skills and experience for eventual seagoing employment as a Chief Officer in the Merchant Navy.

The AdD 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 the summative 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.

Entry Requirements

  • 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 have an MCA approved Unlimited Officer of the Watch (OOW) Certificate of Competency and completed 12 months’ seagoing service as an OOW will also be eligible.

English language requirements

  • If you hold UK Certificate of Competency this will be sufficient evidence of your proficiency in English Language. 
  • If you do not hold a UK COC we will require a copy of your IELTS Certificate - Overall score 5.5 (Academic, General or UKVI).

Career Options and Progression

Modules and Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

The AdD 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 AdD, 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

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

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