Mates and Masters Orals Preparation


Course Code: MX1EC255


Maritime and Nautical

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Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
08/07/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus4 Weeks/ £1,425Enquire  
02/09/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus4 Weeks/ £1,540Enquire  
04/11/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus4 Weeks/ £1,540Enquire  
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28/04/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus4 Weeks/ £1,540Enquire  
30/06/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus4 Weeks/ £1,540Enquire  

Course Overview

Prepare for your Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) orals examination at Chief Mates and Masters level with this combined course.

This intensive programme of study will provide the knowledge and understanding required by senior officers seeking to complete their certification to Chief Mate or Master Mariner.  

You will learn techniques to enable you to express your knowledge and demonstrate a the appropriate level of management skills during the oral examination interview.


Entry Requirements

For Chief Mates

You will need to hold:

  • UK OOW Certificate of Competency (unlimited - II/1)

For Masters

You will need to hold:

  • UK Chief Mates Certificate of Competency (unlimited – II/2) 

In both cases you will also need:

Career Options and Progression

Completion of this qualification can lead to two outcomes, depending on the level you were at when you commenced the course:

  • Chief Mate Certificate of Competency 


  • Masters Certificate of Competency 

Assessment Methods

There are no specific modules or assessments within this this course as it is the preparation for a formal orals assessment by an MCA external examiner.

The syllabus followed is an international standard that is contained within the Standards for Training, Certification of Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).  You can find details of the syllabus in Marine Information Notes MIN 653.


Teaching and Learning Methods

This is a classroom based course that is centred on the knowledge and understanding required for the oral assessments. Questions and answer sessions are the core, through explanation and relation to the appropriate regulations. 

Industry Placement and Field Trips

There is no work placement or field trips as part of this qualification. 

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

  • Accommodation, transfers and meals are not provided within this course. 
  • All equipment required by the course is provided.
  • Please note the cost of the MCA Orals examination is not included in the above course costs.  
  • All students are required to produce their passports at the commencement of their course as part of the enrolment procedure and to provide evidence of identity. You will also need to bring an original or attested copy of your Seaman’s Discharge Book/CDC with you to enrolment.  
  • Students need to apply for their Notice of Eligibility (NoE) 6 to 8 weeks prior to the start date of their course. The MCA will accept an attested copy of your passport along with your original seaman’s discharge book/ CDC, Certificate of Competency and sea service testimonials.  
  • Students need to book their own orals before starting the course, at any Maritime Office, which can only be done once the student is in possession of a valid NoE (the nearest office to the campus is Liverpool). For further help or guidance contact the college directly. 

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

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