Deck Shipping and Maritime Operations - Level 3

Course Code: MF1FE01

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration
06/09/2021Fleetwood Nautical Campus22 WeeksApply
21/02/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus22 WeeksApply

Course Overview

This course provides the skills, knowledge and experience to become a deck officer in the Merchant Navy, or to pursue various maritime opportunities, at sea and ashore. It offers an exciting opportunity to train towards a rewarding career while travelling the world and earning a tax-free salary. The course is delivered during the first of five phases that constitute a three-year cadet training programme at one of the UK’s top nautical institutions, Fleetwood Nautical Campus. Benefit from expert tutors, state of the art facilities and strong industry partnerships that lead to excellent employment opportunities.

Entry Requirements

Prior to 2017

4 GCSEs or Scottish Standard Grades including English, Mathematics and Science – Grades A-C

2017 onwards

4 GCSEs or Scottish Standard Grades including English, Mathematics and Science – Grades 9-4 (England), 1-4 (Scotland), A-C (Wales)


Please be aware that sponsoring companies will require you to pass an ENG1 Seafarer Medical examination which will include testing for colour-blindness.

Career Options and Progression

Modules and Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

This course is delivered via interactive lectures incorporating short presentations from both tutors and students. You will also have the opportunity to work in groups to critically analyse and solve problems, and apply your knowledge and understanding to a range of tutor and student-defined contexts.

The following table outlines the credit value of each unit, timetabled hours and the amount of time we expect you to devote to independent study:

Unit SCQF Credit Points  Contact hours (approx.) Independent Study hours
Shipboard Operations; An Introduction 6 30 30
Maritime Industry; An Introduction 6 30 30
Transverse Stability of Ships 6 30 30
Naval Architecture;  An Introduction 6 30 30
Maths for Maritime 12 60 60
Bridge Operations; An Introduction  12 60 30
Chartwork and Tides; An introduction 6 30 30
Nautical Science; An Introduction 6 30 30

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. .

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: SQA

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