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


Course Code: MH1HE72


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
06/09/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus28 Weeks/ £6,500Apply  
10/01/2023Fleetwood Nautical Campus28 Weeks/ £6,500Apply  

Course Overview

This programme is aimed at applicants wishing to pursue a career at sea. Students will either have a sponsoring company or be undertaking the qualification in their own right.

The HND when combined with certain professional qualifications, will entitle successful students to apply to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for a Certificate of Competency; this will allow you to seek employment as a Second Engineer on board merchant vessels.

Read the HNC Maritime Engineering Programme Specification

Entry Requirements

You will need to have completed the HNC in Marine Engineering.

For Second Engineer Certificate of Competency (CoC) you will require a minimum of 18 months' sea-time (12 under new regulations) as a Watchkeeping Officer while holding an STCW95 Officer of The Watch CoC.

Qualification Obtained

Advanced Diploma Marine Engineering

Career Options and Progression

Successful cadets may be awarded the Engineer Officer of the Watch Unlimited Certificate of Competency, upon successful completion of the full cadetship, and normally will be able to take position of a fourth or third or engineer officer on board of a vessel. After gaining the required sea-going service and completing the appropriate additional training programmes, they will be able to qualify for a Second Engineer and further Chief Engineer Certificate of Competency.

The HND in Marine Engineering will give successful candidates full academic exemptions for STCW95 Reg III/2 Management Level Engineer Unlimited Engineering Certification. Students choosing to undertake the HND Marine Engineering upon completion of their HNC Marine Engineering will find the path to Chief Engineer much smoother and will only be required to undertake the relevant industrial exams and short courses.

Assessment Methods

Level 4

Module Assessment (weighting)
Electrical Power Examination (100%)  
Process Control Coursework (25%) Examination (75%)

Level 5

Module Assessment (weighting)
Graded Unit 2 Practical (100%)  
Management Coursework (100%)  
Heat Engine Principles Examination (100%)  
Applied Mechanics Examination (100%)  
Applied Thermodynamics Examination (100%)  
Naval Architecture Examination (100%)  
Ship Construction And Survey Examination (100%)  
Electrical Distribution Systems Examination (100%)  
Mechanics Examination (100%)  
Electrical Machines Examination (100%)  

Teaching and Learning Methods

The programme is delivered through interactive lectures incorporating short presentations from both tutors and students. 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.

Each module has 40 guided learning hours associated to it and students are expected to complete an additional 80 hours' self-study per module.

Students will use practical equipment for the Pneumatics & Hydraulics module as well as the Process Control module. This allows students to put into practice some of the complex theories taught as part of these modules.

Unit Indicative Contact hours Self-study Placement
Electrical Power 40 40 0
Process Control 20 60 0
Graded Unit 2 28 132 0
Management 40 40 0
Heat Engine Principles 40 40 0
Applied Mechanics 40 40 0
Applied Thermodynamics 40 80 0
Naval Architecture 60 100 0
Ship Construction and Survey 40 40 0
Electrical Distribution Systems 40 40 0
Mechanics 40 80 0
Electrical Machines 40 40 0

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

  • Scientific Calculator
  • Compass
  • Mapping equipment

These can be purchased from any supplier therefore prices may vary, however full guidance can be provided on what to purchase by contacting Fleetwood Campus.


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

Expert Tutors

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Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: SQA

Terms and Conditions

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