Distance learning for Deck Officer of the Watch Unlimited and Chief Mate Unlimited

Blended learning is a form of distance learning that combines online study with College-based assessment, allowing you to qualify for an HNC/HND in Nautical Science from anywhere in the world.

Ideal if you are based overseas, work full-time or prefer a flexible mode of study, distance learning facilitates experiential learning while providing you with valuable sea time.

The benefits

Teaching methods to suit different learning styles
A vast range of up-to-the-minute interactive resources
Round-the-clock accessibility from all over the world
Monitor and track your progress through the course
Full use of our Learning Resource Centre
Submit many assessments electronically
Arrange your College-based assessments at a time of your choice
Regular supportive feedback from our expert tutors
Practical information and advice from our distance learning team


Our HNC/D in Nautical Science combine informal assessments by distance learning with practical and formal assessments undertaken at College. As you work through each unit on the course, you will need to submit your work for marking on a regular basis.

Once you have reached the required standard in each unit you will attempt a pre-College test. If you are successful, you can then make arrangements to attend College for your formal assessments. You will need to complete all work and assessments in one set before you can progress to the next set.

Scholarship opportunity

If you would like to apply for distance learning for Deck Officer of the Watch Unlimited or Chief Mate Unlimited and you are not supported by a shipping company, you could apply for the John William Slater Scholarship for Ratings. Worth up to 17,000, this scholarship is administered by the Marine Society on behalf of Nautilus International.

Find out more at: www.marine-society.org/slater-scholarships

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