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Course Code: MH1HE76


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
06/09/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus25 Weeks/ £6,500Apply  
10/01/2023Fleetwood Nautical Campus23 Weeks/ £6,500Apply  

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 study at Higher Education Level. 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  
  • 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

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Nautical Science is an integral step in achieving the Chief Mate (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency which 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.

With 12 months seagoing service, while holding an OOW unlimited, II/1, COC, and HND to Chief Mate course, candidates are eligible to enter the MCA/SQA written and oral examination for Chief Mates Unlimited COC.

Candidates are required to have a minimum of 36 months sea service as Officer of the Watch (OOW) whilst holding an OOW Unlimited / Class 4 COC (or equivalent) or 12 months seagoing service as Chief Mate (while holding a Chief Mate unlimited, II/2, COC) for the Masters unlimited COC or you can progress to BSc Nautical Science at a university.

Assessment Methods

Module Assessment (weighting)
Information Technology Applications Software 1 Coursework (100%)  
Marine Passage Planning Coursework (50%) Examination (50%)
Management Of Bridge Operations   Examination (100%)
Applied Marine Meteorology   Examination (100%)
Ship Stability: Theory And Practical Application   Examination (100%)
Shipmaster's Law And Business   Examination (100%)
Shipboard Management   Examination (100%)
Marine Vessels Structures And Maintenance   Examination (100%)
Management Of Vessel Operations Coursework (50%) Examination (50%)
Nautical Science: Graded Unit 2 Examination (100%)  
Nautical Science: Graded Unit 3 Examination (100%)  
Marine Engineering Systems Examination (100%)  

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.


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

Expert Tutors

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.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: SQA

Terms and Conditions

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