Engineering Shipping and Maritime Operations - Level 3


Course Code: MF1FE18


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration
19/02/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus20 WeeksApply   
03/09/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus27 WeeksApply   
18/02/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus20 WeeksApply   

Course Overview

A Merchant Navy career is considered to be coveted and much sought after because of the possibility of seeing the world and being trained while you earn a high, possibly tax free wage.

This qualification is an entry qualification for a wide variety of maritime employment. This award is available to non-sponsored candidates looking for careers in the merchant navy or wider maritime industry which includes river navigation, code vessel employability, off-shore market, merchant navy etc.

B&FC will ensure that all successful candidates will get an interview with the shipping/cadet training company to get sponsorship to be a merchant navy cadet.

Entry Requirements

4 or more GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English, Maths and Science).  
To progress and gain sponsorship with a company, you must also be medically fit and able to see clearly with colour vision.

Details on the medical and eye test including colour visions are provided in this guide.

Qualification Obtained

Diploma in Maritime Studies

Career Options and Progression

The programme team will support students to gain sponsorship with a shipping company/training provider so that you can continue on in your training to become a Merchant Navy officer. Staff will help you prepare for the interview and provide a report from the college detailing your academic ability, attendance and your effort during your Level 3 Diploma. This will be additional help in your effort to securing a sponsorship. With a sponsorship from a shipping/cadet training company, you will either be enrolled on to Advanced Certificate/Diploma Marine Engineering or Foundation Degree in Marine Engineering.

Assessment Methods

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 (Engineering) 
  • Level 3 Marine Thermodynamics: An Introduction 
  • Level 3 Marine Mechanics: An Introduction 
  • Level 3 Electro-technology: An Introduction 
  • Level 3 Marine Engineering Practice: An Introduction
  • Enrichment
  • Work experience 

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

Teaching and Learning Methods

The majority of the teaching and learning are delivered by class room teaching, outdoor learning, activity based learning, ship visits and tutorials. There will also be an element of independent learning to prepare for the higher education you will progress to after this qualification.

Independent learning is mainly by e-Learning using electronic material and college’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

Throughout the programme of study, you will be formatively assessed in the classroom using short pieces of work, oral examinations, report writing on the ship visits, short tests in the class etc. There will be summative exams which are either written or oral examinations under controlled conditions, for the units you study in Level 3 Diploma.
The following table outlines the credit value of each unit, together with 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 Marine Thermodynamics: An Introduction 6 30 30 Marine Mechanics: An Introduction 6 30 30 Marine Electro-technology: An Introduction 6 30 30 Marine Engineering Practice: An Introduction 6 30 30

Industry Placement and Field Trips

As part of this programme, you may have the opportunity to visit working vessels whilst in port. You will also undergo work experience where you will have the chance to work alongside shore based maritime professionals.

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

There are no additional costs needed to complete this course.

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

Mandatory requirements

  • Non-programmable scientific calculator
  • Writing materials and drawing instruments, which can be purchased from college or any other supplier. When purchasing standard items, the cost will not normally exceed £100. 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: Scottish Qualification Authority

Terms and Conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

Contact Us

If you're not sure which course to choose, see the qualifications and study programmes we offer.

And if you want to chat with one of our experts, we're here Monday to Friday:

Disabled Confident Employer
Blackpool and The Fylde College
Disabled Confident Employer
Oil and Gas UK
UK Chamber of Shipping
Lancaster University

*The Complete University Guide League Tables 2021