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


Course Code: MD1EC80


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration
AnytimeFleetwood Nautical Campus5 YearsEnquire  

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 AdD 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 - £5,935 (for enrolments in 2022/23)
  • Fee payable at enrolment for Set One - £1,615 (2022/23) (including SQA registration)

Remaining units can be purchased throughout your 5 year enrolment allowing you some flexibility after the successful completion of Set One. Units within Sets Two, Three and Four can be purchased individually to best suit you and your learning plan.For a breakdown of units and pricing, see our course information sheet.


There are a range of potential funding options available to you:

  • Sponsorship from your employer
  • 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

HNC / SQA Advanced Certificate in Nautical Science 120 Credits or minimum 12 months’ watch keeping service while holding an OOW unlimited, II/1, Certificate of Competency issued by an administration acceptable to UK MCA for Certificate of Equivalent Competency.

However, students with less than 12 months watchkeeping service whilst holding an OOW Unlimited can also enrol onto this programme at the discretion of Fleetwood Nautical Campus and accrue seagoing service whilst learning.

Please refer to MSN 1856.

Qualification Obtained

Advanced Diploma Nautical Science

Career Options and Progression

Completion of the AdD units forms part of the requirements for Chief Mate Unlimited Certificate of Competency (CoC).

When all the requirements are met, on application, you will be issued with the CoC, which then makes you eligible to take up the role of Chief Officer on a merchant navy vessel on unlimited trade.

Assessment Methods

EXAMINATIONS (Methods of Assessment)



HW74 48 Marine Passage Planning

1 x End Exam

1 Assignment

HW75 48 Management of Bridge Operations

2 x PPT/video

2 x Assignment

HW76 48 Applied Marine Meteorology

1 x PPT/video

1 x Assignment

HW 77 48 Ship Stability: Theory and Practical Application

1 x 3 Hour Examination

HW7A 48 Marine Vessels: Structures and Maintenance

1 x PPT/video

1 x Assignment

HR1X 35 Management of Vessel Operations

2 x PPT/video

2 x Assignment

HP6L 47 Information Technology: Application Software 1

Combined with Management of Vessel Operations

HW78 48 Shipmasters Law and Business

1 x Assignment

HW79 48 Shipboard Management

1x Assignment

HW7E 48 Nautical Science Graded Unit 2

1 x 3 Hour Examination

HW7F 48 Nautical Science Graded Unit 3

1 x 3 Hour Examination

HW7J 48 Marine Engineering Systems

1 x Assignment

                                  Total: 4 Exams, 10 Assignments and 6 PPT/videos (for AdD)

  • MCA Navigation Exam (MCA External Exam Conducted by SQA)
  • MCA Stability & Structure Exam (MCA External Exam Conducted by SQA)
  • External MCA Orals Exam (to be taken at a MCA Marine Office)

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 Advanced Diploma (AdD) 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 AdD, 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.

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

The cost of visas and travel incurred through taking the summative assessments at College must be met by the student.

There are no additional costs needed to complete this course. All relevant writing and drawing materials can be purchased from anywhere in the world and usually amount to around £50.

You will require access to a computer or laptop with internet access.

Tuition fees: how to pay

Payments may be made by the following methods:

  • Bankers draft – made payable to Blackpool and The Fylde College
  • Bank transfer (bank details provided on request)
  • Credit/debit card

The College does not accept cash for payment of deposits or tuition fees. Travellers cheques and personal cheques in foreign currencies are also not accepted.

Expert Tutors

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.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: SQA

Terms and Conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

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