Written Exam Preparation (Second and Chief Engineers) - Engineering Management


Course Code: MX1EC401


Maritime and Nautical

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Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
19/02/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Weeks/ £1,375Enquire  
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Course Overview

The course is designed to prepare students for the Marine Engineering Management Level Unlimited external examinations in Engineering Knowledge General and Motor conducted by the SQA on behalf of the United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency and to complete short courses required by MCA for the Certificate of Competency (COC).

To meet the STCW 2010, the MCA has made changes to the engineer academic structure, which means the Chief and Second Engineer exams no longer exist. The replacement is the single Management Level course and engineering (EK) exams. 

This course consists of preparation for the General and Motor external exams and is delivered prior to the orals preparation element of the course.

Note: to be issued with a management certificate of competency, candidates are required to undertake an MCA oral exam at either second or chief engineer level.

Additional courses

Candidates may also wish to undertake the following courses prior to undertaking the Engineering Knowledge exams: Human Element, Leadership and Management (Management Level) and High Voltage (Management Level) courses

Entry Requirements

  • Have completed 12 months’ seagoing service as an EOOW, III/1, on vessels of at least 750 kW in engine power. This time must include at least 9 months in full charge of the watch or with designated UMS duties.
  • HND Marine Engineering with pass of at least 50% in each academic subject. A transcript or college Education and Training (E&T) letter confirming your results will be required.


  • Each enrolment is approved on an individual basis. All HND certificates and E&T letter must have been achieved before applying for Certificate of Competency as per MSN 1857.
  • Students already in possession of an E&T letter from the college they attended and completed the HND in Marine Engineering require no further HND units.
  • Transcripts of HND qualifications with the evidence of 50% pass mark in each subject must be produced before advice and guidance can be given.
  • Students without a full or academic HND but who have completed most of HND units may be able to enrol and complete their HND by registering with SQA and completing the outstanding units.

Career Options and Progression

Progression opportunities to Second and Chief Engineer Certificate of Competency. Please refer to MSN 1857.

Assessment Methods

Students must sit an SQA written exam and undertake an MCA oral exam

Teaching and Learning Methods

The course will be predominantly classroom based, with elements in the Engine Room Simulator.  Each week will consist of a combination of tutor-led delivery, self-study and mock assessments.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

This course has no work placements and no field trips.

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

All equipment/resources you require for this course are provided by B&FC at no extra cost.


 There are a range of potential funding options available to you:  

Expert Tutors

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Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: N/A

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