Chief Mate SQA Exam Support

Course Code: MX1EC160

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
27/09/2021Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Weeks / £1,060Enquire
25/10/2021Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Weeks / £1,060Enquire
31/01/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Weeks / £1,060Enquire
14/02/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Weeks / £1,060Enquire
30/05/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Weeks / £1,060Enquire

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

Modules and Assessment

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

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of maritime and nautical courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice. .

Tuition Fees

Fees, Cancellation & Transfer Policy

Private delegate - tuition fees are to be paid in full at the time of booking.

All fees are strictly non-refundable except when the College cancels the course.

Company sponsored delegate

  • Companies who hold credit accounts with the College will be invoiced following delivery of the Course
  • New companies are required to pay at the time of booking for their first course; credit facilities may be available on request, following successful credit checks.

Off-Premises and Distance Contracts Only

Please refer to College Terms & Conditions.

Course Transfers

If you are unable to attend your course you may be able to transfer to another available date. All transfer requests must be received in writing by FOSC no later than 5 working days prior to the commencement date of the course. Email cancellations during the weekend period are strictly not acceptable for courses that commence on a Monday or Tuesday. Company delegates that fail to attend on the commencement date of the course and have not provided 5 working days written notice will be invoiced the full course fee. Private delegates that fail to attend and have not provided 5 working days written notice will be charged the full course fee, no course transfer date will be processed and their payment will be lost. All second transfer requests incur a £55.00 administration fee. Delegates who have made multiple transfers (3+) and fail to attend without the required prior notice in writing will be charged a relevant fee at the discretion of FOSC.

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: NONE

Regulatory Body:

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