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

The Level 3 Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations is for anyone wanting to progress to an officer role within the Merchant Navy. Offering both deck officer and engine officer routes, the course provides the underpinning knowledge needed to progress to the HNC/HND in Nautical Science or Marine Engineering and thereby qualify for the Officer of the Watch (OOW) Certificate of Competency (CoC). The course is 22 weeks in duration and 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.

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)

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 Credit value Guided learning hours Self-study
Maritime Sector Overview 3 30 30
Vessel Construction and Stability 5 50 50
Mathematics for Seafarers 5 40 40
Numeracy for Seafarers 6 60 60
Control Vessel Operations 8 70 70
Nautical Science – an Introduction 8 40 70
Ship Construction 5 45 45
Assist with a Vessel's Navigational Watch 3 28 28
Maritime Employment, Environment, Health and Safety Practice 2 20 20
Vessel Rope Work, Anchoring and Mooring Operations 5 50 50
Securing a Vessel for Passage 3 28 28
Control Operation of Survival Craft and Rescue Boats 3 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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