Marine Engineering - Advanced Certificate (Subject to Re-validation)


Course Code: MH1HE71


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
06/09/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus42 Weeks/ £6,500Apply  
10/01/2023Fleetwood Nautical Campus42 Weeks/ £6,500Apply  
28/04/2023Fleetwood Nautical Campus42 Weeks/ £6,500Apply  

Course Overview

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 Engineering Officer 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.

Read the HNC Maritime Engineering Programme Specification

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirements are 4 GCSEs (grades A*-C/9-4), including English and Maths, and 48 UCAS points, acquired through the Level 3 Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations (Engine).

You will also be required to achieve an appropriate level of English and meet certain medical standards (on which sponsorship is dependent).

Qualification Obtained

Advanced Certificate Marine Engineering

Career Options and Progression

Successful completion of the full cadetship leads to the award of Engineer Officer of the Watch Unlimited Certificate of Competency, with graduates normally taking up the position of fourth or third or engineer officer on board a vessel. With additional training and sea going service, they can then qualify for a Marine Engineering Management Level Certificate of Competency.

Alternatively, the maritime and engineering industries offer plenty of lucrative land-based careers. These include (for maritime) ship management, fleet operation, ship broking, marine insurance, finance, ship repair and shipbuilding, equipment manufacturing, port operations, maritime education and training, surveying and inspecting, and maritime administration. Engineering opportunities are available within power generation, heavy engineering, production engineering and mechanical engineerin


Assessment Methods

The HNC consists of the following modules:

  • FOLV 34 Chartwork and Tides - 16 credits
  • F0MO 34 Navigational Mathematics and Science - 8 credits
  • F0LH 34 Marine Meteorology: An introduction - 8 credits
  • F0LR 34 Bridge Watchkeeping - 12 credits
  • F0LM 34 Marine Cargo Operations - 12 credits
  • F0LD 34 Ship Stability: An Introduction - 12 credits
  • F0LF 34 Naval Architecture: Ship Construction - 8 credits
  • F0LS 35 Celestial Navigation - 12 credits
  • F13B 34 Nautical Science Graded Unit 1 - 8 credits

Additionally for candidates who require an Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency the following additional Units would be required.

  • F0LK 34 Marine Emergency Response and Communications - 8 credits
  • F0LJ 34 Marine Law and Management - 8 credits

Assessment will consist of several assessment methods including Examinations, assignments, case studies and practical demonstrations . Programmes may integrate academic and work-based learning so assessment often includes lots of reflection, portfolio building and case studies.

  • FOLV 34 Chartwork and Tides - 100% Examination
  • F0MO 34 Navigational Mathematics and Science - 100% Examination
  • F0LH 34 Marine Meteorology: An introduction - 100% Examination

  • F0LR 34 Bridge Watchkeeping - 100% Examination
  • F0LM 34 Marine Cargo Operations - 100% Examination
  • F0LD 34 Ship Stability: An Introduction - 100% Examination
  • F0LF 34 Naval Architecture: Ship Construction - 100% Examination
  • F0LS 35 Celestial Navigation - 100% Examination
  • F13B 34 Nautical Science Graded Unit 1 - 100% Examination

Additionally for candidates who require an Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency the following additional Units would be required.

  • F0LK 34 Marine Emergency Response and Communications - 100% Examination
  • F0LJ 34 Marine Law and Management - 100% Examination

Teaching and Learning Methods

Teaching consists of both traditional and student-centred learning activities. Our team of highly qualified industry specialists provide vocationally-relevant, structured input through lectures, presentations and simulations.

The course focuses on developing your skills, knowledge and understanding in the areas of navigation, meteorology, ship construction and stability, as well as marine cargo and bridge watch-keeping. A large part of the taught sessions will help you to further enhance your maths and science skills, to enable you to get the best out of the complementary modules on the programme. You will be given calculations to solve, the results of which you will use to predict outcomes, and plot and plan actions.

Working in groups and individually, you will be given opportunities to identify and solve problems, work with charts and plans, and understand and respond to potential emergency situations as they arise.

Unit Indicative Contact hours Self-study
HNC (Eng) Engineering Mathematics 1 40 80
HNC (Eng) Auxiliary Systems 40 80
HNC (Eng) Electrotechnology 40 80
HNC (Eng) Fundamentals of Controls & Transducers 40 80
HND (Eng) Strength of Materials 40 80
HNC (Eng) Propulsion 40 80
HNC (Eng) Mechanical Principles 40 80
HNC (Eng) Stability and Structures for Merchant Ships 40 80
HNC (Eng) Marine Legislation and Leadership 40 80
HND (Eng) Project Management for IT 40 80
HNC (Eng) Thermodynamics 40 80
HNC (Eng) Pneumatics and Hydraulic Systems 40 80
HNC (Eng) Safety Engineering and the Environment 40 80
HNC (Eng) Graded Unit 1 0 80

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed


Students will be required to purchase a scientific calculator, mapping rulers and compass. These can be purchased from any supplier therefore prices may vary, however full guidance can be provided on what to purchase by contacting Fleetwood Nautical Campus.


There are a range of potential funding options available to you: 

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Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: SQA

Terms and Conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

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