Nautical Science - Foundation Degree

Course Code: MH1HE60

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration
10/09/2018Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 YearsEnquire
11/02/2019Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 YearsEnquire
09/09/2019Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 YearsEnquire

Course Overview

The Foundation Degree in Nautical Science develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for a Merchant Navy career. Approved by the Merchant Navy Training Board, this three-year programme combines theoretical training with safety training and 12 months’ sea-going time, leading to the award of Officer of the Watch (OOW) Certificate of Competency (CoC). Regarded as one of the UK’s top nautical institutions, Fleetwood Nautical Campus has strong industry partnerships, which guarantee students excellent employment opportunities. This programme is only available to students sponsored by a shipping company or cadet training provider due to the work-based learning modules, which should be completed on board ships.

Entry Requirements

Students meeting the following criteria will be offered places on this programme, subject to the availability of places:

  • 48 UCAS points at A/AS level, including subjects which support the application
  • GCSE Mathematics (grade B or above), Science and English Language at grades C or above (or equivalent)
  • where English is not the applicant’s first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent, achieved within the two years prior to applying for the programme
  • other qualifications that are equivalent to the above (normally, the College will review evidence supplied by mature, non-standard applicants regarding their ability to undertake the programme)
  • the award of credits via Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) will be assessed on an individual basis
  • applicants will need to pass an industry-standard medical examination in order to complete a placement at sea (it is advised that applicants complete this prior to arrival)

Career Options and Progression

Modules and Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

The programme is delivered through interactive lectures, incorporating short presentations from both tutors and students, and the operation of Bridge and Cargo simulators. Students will be provided with the opportunity to work in groups to critically analyse and solve problems and apply knowledge and understanding to a range of tutor and student defined contexts. Students will have the opportunity to work both independently and with peers in a supervised manner.

ModuleCredit ValueLearning HoursDelivered HoursPrivate StudyLectureTutorial
Academic and Digital Literacy20 credits200481522424
Cargo and Construction20 credits20080120746
Bridge Operations20 credits200841167410
Work-Based Learning (Operational)20 credits200100100828
Maritime Operations20 credits20082118748
Navigational Maths20 credits20084 7410
Maritime Law and Management20 credits20082118748
Bridge Management20 credits20080120746
Stability and Engine Room Operations20 credits200841167410
Ship Handling and Advanced Navigation20 credits200841167410
Work-Based Learning (Managerial)20 credits200100100828
Maritime Management20 credits200801204040

Work 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. .

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