Deck Shipping and Maritime Operations - Level 3


Course Code: MF1FE01


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration
20/02/2023Fleetwood Nautical Campus22 WeeksApply   
04/09/2023Fleetwood 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 potentially 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.

Qualification Obtained

Diploma in Maritime Studies

Career Options and Progression

This course provides progression to the Advanced Certificate and Advanced Diploma in Nautical Science, thereby allowing you to qualify for the Officer of the Watch (OOW) Unlimited Certificate of Competency (CoC).

As one of the UK's leading nautical establishments, Fleetwood Nautical Campus benefits from strong shipping industry partnerships, which provide excellent employment opportunities for students.

Your course will consist of the following elements. Completion of all SQA academic units will lead to the achievement of a Level 3 Diploma in Maritime and Shipping Operations 

  • Level 3 Shipboard Operations; An Introduction 

  • Level 3 Maritime Industry; An Introduction 

  • Level 3 Naval Architecture; An Introduction  

  • Level 3 Transverse Stability of Ships; An Introduction 

  • Level 3 Maths for Maritime (Deck) 

  • Level 3 Bridge Operations; An Introduction 

  • Level 3 Chartwork and Tides; An Introduction 

  • Level 3 Nautical Science; An Introduction Enrichment

Phase 1 Short courses:    

- Basic Training For Seafarers (STCW 95) 
- Proficiency In Survival Craft and Rescue Boats 
- Designated Security Duties 
- Tanker Familiarisation 
- Entry into Enclosed Spaces 
- Efficient Deck Hand 

Students are assessed by a combination of presentations; written examinations; a portfolio of evidence; assignments; projects; observation and reviews.

Assessment Methods

The following modules are studied on both the Deck and Engineering routes:

  • Maritime Sector Overview

  • Maritime Employment, Environmental, and Health and Safety Practice

  • Numeracy for Seafarers

  • Mathematics for Seafarers

  • Control Vessel Operations

  • Vessel Construction and Stability

The following modules are studied on the Deck route only:

  • Vessel Rope-Work, Anchoring and Mooring Operations

  • Securing a Vessel for Passage

  • Nautical Science – An Introduction

  • Ship Construction

  • Assist with a Vessel's Navigational Watch

  • Control Operation of Survival Craft and Rescue Boats

All units are assessed by either written or practical exams.

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

You will require access to a computer or laptop with internet access. You will also need a pair of 15” parallel rulers, dividers, compasses and 2B pencils in order to do the Chartwork unit.

Mandatory requirements – non-programmable scientific calculator, writing materials and drawing instruments for taking notes which can be purchased from college or any other supplier; when purchasing standard items, the cost will not normally exceed £50. You will be required to purchase these at the start of the course.

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

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