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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.
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, of supporting documentation is provided. The same conditions apply to all blended learning students for admission on to the course.
Advanced Diploma Marine Engineering
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.
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 will include personal protective equipment for workshops, such as boots, gloves and overalls are provided by the college.
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.
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Regulation and Accreditation
Accrediting Institution: N/A
Awarding Body: SQA
Terms and Conditions
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