Officer of the Watch Deck (Unlimited) - Advanced Certificate

Course Code: MH1HE73

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
10/01/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus25 Weeks / £6,500Apply
29/04/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus25 Weeks / £6,500Apply
05/09/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus25 Weeks / £6,500Apply
09/01/2023Fleetwood Nautical Campus25 Weeks / £6,500Apply

Course Overview

The AdvCert in Nautical Science is designed to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for a career in the Merchant Navy as a Deck Officer.

This 26-week programme leads to the award of the Officer of the Watch (OOW) Certificate of Competency (CoC).

During the course of study cadets are not only improving their academic knowledge in navigation and ship operation, but also being supported by a shipping company or other training provider, they are also receiving training at sea and a number of safety courses.

Regarded as one of the UK’s top nautical institutions, Fleetwood Nautical Campus has cutting-edge facilities and strong shipping industry partnerships which guarantee students excellent employment opportunities.

Entry Requirements

SQA Level 3 Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations or an equivalent HE access course.

Experienced seafarers

This group of candidates will comprise experienced, serving seafarers who are undertaking the AdvCert in Nautical Science to progress their professional qualifications to Officer of the Watch Unlimited.

The entry requirements are fully detailed by the UK MCA in Merchant Shipping Notes (MSNs) and comprise minimum levels of relevant industrial experience and/or existing marine certification. Proof of your English Language proficiency, such as an IELTS certificate or equivalent, must be submitted if English is not your first language. 


Access for this group is at the discretion of the College and consideration will be given to candidates’ past academic and employment history.

Career Options and Progression

Modules and Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

The programme is delivered through the means of 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.

Unit Indicative Contact hours Self-study
Navigational Mathematics and Science 39 41
Bridge Watchkeeping 39 41
Marine Cargo Operations 60 60
Ship Stability: An Introduction 60 60
Naval Architecture: Ship Construction 39 41
Chartwork and Tides 79.5 80.5
Celestial Navigation 79.5 80.5
Nautical Science: Graded Unit 1 0 80
Marine Meteorology: An Introduction 39 41
Marine Law And Management: An Introduction 39 41
Marine Emergency Response And Communication 39 41

Industry 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. .

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

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