OOW SQA Exam Support

Course Code: MX1EC231

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
28/02/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 Weeks / £1,330Enquire
25/04/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus4 Weeks / £1,330Enquire
13/06/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 Weeks / £1,330Enquire
05/09/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 Weeks / £1,330Enquire
31/10/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 Weeks / £1,330Enquire

Course Overview

This course prepares you for your Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) external examinations administered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) for Deck Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency.

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

You will have already gained the academic knowledge required by completing an Advanced Certificate (AdC), previously called Higher National Certificate (HNC), in Nautical Science.

The SQA preparation course is available within a 3 year cadetship, either level 3 to AdC or a 3 year AdD programme. (FD students are not required to sit OOW SQA external assessments unless MCA exemptions are lost). This course is also available for those students who are undertaking the experienced seafarer route to obtain Deck OOW CoC.

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. 


The course fee shown includes the SQA exam fee.

Course duration

The course durations shown above include the exam week.  The durations vary as they are worked around SQA exam schedules.  All students will receive the same amount of taught hours, however this will be timetabled around the exam dates.  As a result, courses will run over three to five weeks, depending on exam date proximity. Some courses will therefore be more intensively delivered than others. 

Students can have two re-sits of the SQA examinations following their initial SQA examination (first attempt). If the student has not passed the exam after their second re-sit/third attempt, they will then be required to complete a preparation course before they are permitted to sit the examinations again (fourth attempt/third re-sit).

If the student is taking their second resit (third attempt) and is unsuccessful, before the next attempt the student will need to take a full SQA preparation course. As a result, it might be wise to consider SQA prep courses dates before making the final decision on the dates.


Entry Requirements

An Advanced Certificate/HNC in Nautical Science (or equivalent) is required prior to undertaking the preparation course in order to obtain the underpinning knowledge required for the exams.

Career Options and Progression

Modules and Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

Classroom based teaching and learning supported by online resources will prepare you for the external exams.

Evening support is 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

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