Advanced Diploma Nautical Science Top Up


Course Code: MH1HE88


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
02/09/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus25 Weeks/ £7,000Apply   
06/01/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus23 Weeks/ £7,000Apply   

Course Overview

The Advanced Diploma Nautical Science aims to provide you with the fundamental knowledge and key study skills required to allow further study at a Higher Education Level. You will achieve good understanding of Marine Navigation, Ship Stability, Shipboard Operations, Shipmasters Business and Shipboard Management and solve problems from a management perspective. You will also develop practical skills through bridge simulation and cargo/stability programmes.

You can find the Programme Specification here.

Entry Requirements

Advanced Certificate/HNC Nautical Science 120 Credits or 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.


Qualification Obtained

Advanced Diploma Nautical Science

Career Options and Progression

Successful completion of this programme will enable you to:

1. Progress towards you obtaining a UK Chief Mate Unlimited II/2 Certificate of Competency (CoC) of a merchant vessel.

2. Take responsibility for managing watches at sea and in port.

3. Effectively manage navigation of a vessel by traditional and modern means.

4. Manage a vessel in a safe and effective manner.

5. Lead others in a safe and effective manner.

6. Develop skills to lead in emergency situations.

7. Develop discipline and ensure compliance with current maritime legislation at senior officer level.

8. Prepare for the external MCA written and oral examinations at Chief Officer and Master Mariner Level.

You may wish to progress to the Maritime Operations Management (Nautical Science) - BSC Hons Degree with Bridging Module from HND/Adv Dip - Topup.

Assessment Methods

Please see the programme specification for this information.

Teaching and Learning Methods

This programme requires commitment to attend online lectures, classrooms lectures (where appropriate) in line with your study timetable. It is a requirement of the programme that you also undertake appropriate independent study and further reading and assessment.

As well as attendance in lectures and blended engagement, you are expected to undertake sufficient self-directed study. For each hour of class contact, you can typically expect to undertake an additional 2-3 hours of work; however, this is dependent upon individual progress. You will need to find the right number of hours based on your own needs. Our tutors can help you with advice and support.


Industry Placement and Field Trips


Other Costs and Equipment Needed

You are expected to provide stationery, including parallel rules and dividers for marine passage planning, celestial navigation and radar plotting and a scientific calculator.

Having your own laptop or similar device is recommended but not essential.

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: Scottish Qualification Authority

Terms and Conditions

Read our full terms and conditions for more information.

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