Chief Mate (Unlimited COC) - Advanced Diploma Nautical Science


Course Code: MH1HE75


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
06/09/2022Fleetwood Nautical CampusApply  
10/01/2023Fleetwood Nautical CampusApply  
02/05/2023Fleetwood Nautical CampusApply  

Course Overview

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Nautical Science is delivered at Fleetwood Nautical Campus (FNC) and provides students with the fundamental knowledge and key study skills required to allow further higher education study.

Students will achieve good understanding of Marine Navigation, Ship Stability, Shipboard Operations, Shipmasters Business and Shipboard Management and solve problems from a management perspective.

Students will also develop practical skills through bridge simulation and cargo/stability programmes.

Successful completion of this programme will enable you to:

  • Progress towards you obtaining a UK Chief Mate Unlimited II/2 Certificate of Competency (CoC) of a merchant vessel.
  • Take responsibility of managing watches at sea and in port.
  • Effectively manage navigation of a vessel by traditional and modern means.
  • Manage a vessel in a safe and effective manner.
  • Work with others in a safe and effective manner.
  • Develop skills to deal with emergency situations.
  • Develop discipline and compliance with current maritime legislation.
  • Prepare for the external MCA written and oral examinations at Chief Officer Level.

Entry Requirements

  • MCA approved HNC Nautical Science 120 Credits / Advanced Certificate in Nautical Science  
  • Minimum 12 months’ watchkeeping service while holding an OOW unlimited, II/1, Certificate of Competency issued by an administration acceptable to UK MCA for Certificate of Equivalent Competency. see MSN 1856
  • IELTS for UKVI. Students must score a minimum grade of 4.0 in each of the following elements, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Qualification Obtained

Advanced Diploma Nautical Science

Career Options and Progression

Achieving the Chief Mate (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency leads to employment as a Chief Officer in the Merchant Navy, responsible for operating and managing commercial ships.

A range of shore-based opportunities are also available, in ship management and in areas such as maritime law, ship surveying, and maritime education and training.

  • Fleet Manager / Fleet Director
  • Personnel Manager
  • Training Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Safety/Quality Manager
  • Marine Superintendent
  • Marine Surveyor / Class Surveyor
  • Maritime Lawyer
  • Ship Broker

Assessment Methods

EXAMINATIONS (Methods of Assessment)



HW74 48 Marine Passage Planning

1 x End Exam

1 Assignment

HW75 48 Management of Bridge Operations

2 x PPT/video

2 x Assignment

HW76 48 Applied Marine Meteorology

1 x PPT/video

1 x Assignment

HW 77 48 Ship Stability: Theory and Practical Application

1 x 3 Hours Examination

HW7A 48 Marine Vessels: Structures and Maintenance

1 x PPT/video

1 x Assignment

HR1X 35 Management of Vessel Operations

2 x PPT/video

2 x Assignment

HP6L 47 Information Technology: Application Software 1

Combined with Management of Vessel Operations

HW78 48 Shipmasters Law and Business

1 x Assignment

HW79 48 Shipboard Management

1x Assignment

HW7E 48 Nautical Science Graded Unit 2

1 x 3 Hours Examination

HW7F 48 Nautical Science Graded Unit 3

1 x 3 Hours Examination

HW7J 48 Marine Engineering Systems

1 x Assignment

                           Total: 4 Exams & 10 Assignments & 6PPT/videos (for AdD)

  • MCA Navigation Exam (MCA External Exam Conducted by SQA)
  • MCA Stability & Structure Exam (MCA External Exam Conducted by SQA)
  • External MCA Orals Exam (to be taken at a MCA Marine Office)

Teaching and Learning Methods

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Nautical Science is delivered using a blend of learning styles, with assessments being conducted at the end of each unit.

To complete your underpinning knowledge, you will need to attend the college regularly and work through all of the learning material and submit your formative assessments for marking on a regular basis. 

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

You will be required to purchase the following items for your course, these can be purchased from any supplier therefore prices may vary:

  • Compass
  • Parallel rule
  • Dividers
  • Drawing instruments
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Erasers. 

Notice of Eligibility for MCA Orals exam must be applied for by the students directly prior to arrival at Fleetwood for SQA exams and short courses.

There is a cost of £220 (correct as at Aug 2020) for the Notice of Eligibility.


 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

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