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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 1-year 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.
SQA Level 3 Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations or an equivalent HE access course.
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.
Advanced Certificate Nautical Science
|Navigational Mathematics and Science||Examination (100%)|
|Bridge Watchkeeping||Examination (100%)|
|Marine Cargo Operations||Examination (100%)|
|Ship Stability: An Introduction||Examination (100%)|
|Naval Architecture: Ship Construction||Examination (100%)|
|Chartwork and Tides||Examination (100%)|
|Celestial Navigation||Examination (100%)|
|Nautical Science: Graded Unit 1||Examination (100%)|
|Marine Meteorology: An Introduction||Examination (100%)|
|Marine Law And Management: an Introduction||Examination (100%)|
|Marine Emergency Response and Communication||Examination (100%)|
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|
|Marine Cargo Operations||60||60|
|Ship Stability: An Introduction||60||60|
|Naval Architecture: Ship Construction||39||41|
|Chartwork and Tides||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
All students will be required to purchase a scientific calculator, parallel rulers and compass. These can be purchased from any supplier therefore price may vary.
Uniform and shoes are usually provided by a sponsoring shipping company or trainer provider.
There are a range of potential funding options available to you:
- You can apply for Tuition fee loans via the Government student finance: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/new-fulltime-students
Sponsorship from your employer
Scholarship opportunities, such as those found through the Marine Society: https://www.marine-society.org/
As an active student you can also become a student member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). This offers benefits such as Awards, Funding, Sponsorship, Scholarships and bursaries: https://www.imarest.org/funding
All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.
Regulation and Accreditation
Accrediting Institution: N/A
Awarding Body: SQA
Terms and Conditions
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