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

Course Code: MX1EC401

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
21/02/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Weeks / £1,190Enquire
13/06/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Weeks / £1,190Enquire
12/09/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Weeks / £1,250Enquire

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

Modules and Assessment

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

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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