Marine Engineering - Advanced Diploma


Course Code: MH1HE90


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
03/09/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus28 Weeks/ £7,000Apply   
07/01/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus28 Weeks/ £7,000Apply   

Course Overview

The Advanced Diploma (AD) Marine Engineering programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for a career within the maritime industry. The alignment to industry bodies will ensure you meet all the required outcomes to support a career at sea which, when coupled with additional vocational training, will support your eligibility for a career in the field of Marine Engineering and will provide you with the academic exemptions for STCW95 Reg III/2 Chief Engineer Unlimited Engineering Certification.

This programme is aligned to support your progression through knowledge acquisition at the appropriate level and onto managerial level, as directed by the Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) 1978, as amended. This is achieved by meeting the requirements of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and approved by the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB). In addition to this programme providing an academic qualification, you may also undertake vocational training that runs alongside the academic award. Topics covered are STCW basic training, workshop training skills, first aid, firefighting, high voltage scenarios, and rescue boat experiences.

You can download the Programme Specification for more detailed information.

Entry Requirements

To enrol on the AD top-up programme, you must have completed an Advanced Certificate (AdC) in Marine Engineering or alternatively, hold an MCA recognised Engineering Officer Of the Watch (EOOW) Certificate of Competency (CoC) which is comparable to the 96 credits of the AdC award. In this case, the College will undertake a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) exercise, which is the process for recognising previous learning that has taken place in informal, formal or non-formal contexts: for example, in the workplace and through life experiences. 

Once recognised through this process, prior learning can be used to gain credit or exemption for qualifications. This process can also be used to recognise any additional units you have undertaken, if supporting documentation is provided. The same conditions apply to all blended learning students for admission on to the course.

Qualification Obtained

Advanced Diploma Marine Engineering

Career Options and Progression

This programme offers a route to certification and also provides you with the knowledge, understanding and proficiency required for an operational position in the maritime industry. The benefit of such a requirement is that you graduate with the AD award and experience specific to the field in which the programme is aimed.

The programme has been designed to prepare you for a career at sea with ultimate progression routes to management roles. On successful completion of the programme you will have acquired the appropriate skills and knowledge to progress in many directions within the maritime sector or related industries.

A career at sea does not always mean working on the water; other areas of employment include a shore based job with a shipping company that manages and controls all aspects of their own ship's operations, or on behalf of other ship owners. In some cases these roles may require individuals to have seagoing experience. Ship management roles include:

  • Fleet operations, Fleet Director, Fleet Manager, Fleet Assistant Staff
  • Fleet personnel, Personnel manager, Training manager, Training officer
  • General operations, Operations Manager, Safety officer.
  • Marine operations, Marine superintendent, Marine technical assistant
  • Engineering operations, engineering superintendent.

Opportunities exist outside of maritime based employment also. There is currently a worldwide shortage of skilled engineers in many other fields. This programme is designed to provide students with attributes such as management and leadership and other graduate skills required by many employers. This programme will provide you with a suite of transferable skills to support future progression possibly outside of the Shipping Industry:

  • Design engineers
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Offshore and petroleum engineering
  • Project management
  • Sales and technical support engineers

If you wish to further your wishing to further your studies, you will be able to progress onto the Lancaster University validated B&FC BSc (Hons) Maritime Operations Management (Marine Engineering).

Assessment Methods

Please refer to page 6 of the Programme Specification for detailed information.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Throughout your programme you will learn and be assessed in a range of ways to support the overall aims and outcomes of the programme in order to equip you with the appropriate skills for roles within the maritime industry. Employers will be looking for a range of skills and competencies, including innovation and initiative. They will be keen to employ strong communicators and team players. The programme is designed to promote the development of these qualities alongside core technical competencies and academic engineering knowledge.

You will be supported through the programme by structured learning, teaching and assessment strategies. Furthermore, all students will continue to have access to all resources on site, and will be offered specific progress support as part of the Partners for success framework.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Not applicable.

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

You are expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant unit profile. 

Candidates will need calculators as specified by the rubric of individual unit and as permitted by the college. The college approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX- 85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source. 

You will require access to a computer or laptop with internet access. 

You will be required to purchase Thermodynamic property tables. Learning Resources are provided on-site and free for students to use Monday to Friday. 

Other equipment during your programme may include personal protective equipment for workshops, such as boots, gloves and overalls are provided by the college.

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

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