Chief Mate SQA Exam Support (Two Subjects)


Course Code: MX1EC160


Maritime and Nautical

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Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
31/01/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Weeks/ £1,375Enquire  
05/02/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Weeks/ £1,375Enquire  
01/10/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Weeks/ £1,485Enquire  
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30/01/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Weeks/ £1,485Enquire  
04/02/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Weeks/ £1,485Enquire  

Course Overview

This course prepares you for your Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) external examinations administered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The course is designed to support both Navigation and Stability examinations. 

You will have already gained the academic knowledge required following the requisite period of sea service holding your first Certificate of Competency (CoC).

The course is part of a suite of qualifications that forms part of the criteria required to apply for the Chief Mate Certificate of Competency and is designed to develop the higher management skills to work in a senior role on board a vessel .

This course is suitable for students who have previously attempted SQA in either Stability and/or Navigation (in the last 12 months) and require support to achieve a Pass. 

Minimum 5-week course is our requirement for anyone making a third attempt or more.

This course is also available over a 9 to 10 week period (HND to Chief Mates 1 term Course) for those seeking a longer period of preparation.

The course fee shown does not include the MCA/SQA exam fee.

Entry Requirements

  • HND Nautical Science from a UK institute
  • Attempted the SQA examination in the last 12 months

If you have attempted the SQA examinations more than 12 months ago, you will need to complete the HND to Chief Mates course (this lasts one term).

Career Options and Progression

Successful completion of this course enables you to progress towards obtaining a UK Chief Mate Unlimited II/2 Certificate of Competency (CoC) of a merchant vessel.

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 Director/Fleet Manager
  • Fleet Assistant
  • Personnel Manager
  • Training Manager
  • Personnel Officer
  • Training Officer
  • Operations Manager
  • Safety/Quality Manager
  • Marine Superintendent

Assessment Methods

This course prepares you to the MCA/SQA syllabus for:

  • Navigation
  • Ship Stability & Structure

MCA/SQA external assessments will be conducted at the end of the course.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Classroom based teaching and learning supported with online resources to prepare you for the external exams.

Evening ‘clinics’ support also available from Monday to Thursday.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

There is no requirement for industry placements or field trips to complete this course.

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

You will need to bring personal stationery items including calculators and equipment for navigation classes.

The price of this course does not include the MCA/SQA Chief Mate exam fee.

Expert Tutors

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Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

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Awarding Body: N/A

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