Officer of the Watch Deck (Unlimited) - HNC
Course Code: MH1HE06
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This programme is aimed at applicants wishing to pursue a career at sea. It allows you to study for an HNC whilst employed at sea as a trainee officer. Successful students therefore will achieve not only an HNC but also a vocational qualification that will allow them to sail as an OOW on merchant vessels. The programme is designed in a phased model, with academic College-based phases being interspersed with time served at sea on board ship. Progression to a Higher National Diploma (HND) might also be available.
To do this course, you should be at least 18 years of age
You will also need to have completed 36 months' sea time, ideally on sea going vessels of at least 24 metres in length or not less than 80gt proceeding to sea. Six months of this sea time must be within the last 5 years.
You will need to produce a statement from your employer(s), or the Master(s) under whom you have served, that at least six of the last 12 months of your sea service were spent on navigational watch-keeping duties under the supervision of a certified officer. Duties may include keeping a lookout on the bridge or acting as helmsman but these should not generally be performed for longer than two of the required six months.
Where watch-keeping service is required for other certificates, candidates must provide proof of having served as watch-keeping officer for not less than eight hours out of every 24 hours' service claimed.
If English isn't your native language, you must score a minimum grade 4.0 for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking in the International English Language Testing System certificate IELTS for UKVI.
There can be a lengthy waiting time for IELTS for UKVI appointments so we strongly recommend that you arrange your test appointment in advance.
For further information regarding test dates and your local test centre, please go to: https://www.ielts.org/default.aspx
Modules and Assessment
Teaching and Learning Methods
This course is delivered using several methods. You will develop theoretical knowledge, brought to life through practical hands-on skills training and linked to industry through simulation. Finally, you will consolidate your skills and knowledge with a period of work-based learning spent on board one or more Merchant Navy vessels.
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||Credit value||Guided learning hours||Self-study|
|Navigational Mathematics and Science||8||33||47|
|Marine Cargo Operations||12||30||90|
|Ship Stability: An Introduction||12||54||66|
|Marine Law & Management||8||36||44|
|Chart-work & Tides||16||71||89|
|Marine Emergency Response and Communications||8||30||50|
|Naval Architecture & Ship Construction||8||39||41|
|Nautical Science (Unit 1)||8||3||77|
Work Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
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. .