Officer of The Watch (Unlimited UK COC) - Advanced Certificate Nautical Science (Blended Learning)

Course Code: MD1EC79

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
AnytimeFleetwood Nautical Campus5 Years Enquire

Course Overview

The AdC in Nautical Science qualification leads to 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 Certificate (AdC) in Nautical Science by Blended Learning to students who are overseas, work full time or prefer to study in a flexible mode.

Blended Learning combines online learning with college based assessment.

Fee Information

  • Full course fee - £5155
  • Fee payable at enrolment for Set One - £1515

Set One must be paid for at enrolment; the remaining sets can be purchased individually throughout the course once you have attended college for the Set One exams.


 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

36 months seagoing service with 6 months engaged in bridge watchkeeping duties (experienced seafarer route).

However students with less than 36 months seagoing service can also enrol onto the AdC at the discretion of Fleetwood Nautical Campus and accrue seagoing service whilst learning.

These students will be required to complete a Sea Service Declaration form at enrolment.

Although we require notification/evidence of your sea time at time of booking, may we please remind you that it is the student's responsibility to validate sea time with the MCA before entering for an examination. 

Unfortunately, the College can NOT advise on any issues concerning sea-time or certificate validity. You MUST contact the MCA.

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 AdC 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 Advanced Certificate (AdC), 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 (i.e. all Formative Assessments have been passed) 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.

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 on to 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

Terms and Conditions

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