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About Blended Learning

Blended learning for Deck Officer of the Watch Unlimited, Chief Mate Unlimited, Engineering Officer of the Watch Unlimited and Chief Engineer Unlimited

Blended learning is a form of distance learning that combines online study with College-based assessment, allowing you to qualify for an AdC/AdD in Nautical Science and Marine Engineering, 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 the college’s Learning Resource Centre through the remote desktop
  • Submit assessments electronically
  • Regular supportive feedback from our expert tutors
  • Practical information and advice from our Blended Learning team


Our AdC/AdD in Nautical Science and Marine Engineering combines formative on-line assessments with practical and summative written assessments undertaken at college. 

Once you have reached the required standard in each unit you will either attempt a pre-college test for summative written exams at college or begin the on-line summative assignment for units assessed by that method, please see the programme specifications for further details.

Once you successfully pass a pre-college test, you can plan to attend college for the summative assessments subject to availability of written exams. Dates for the summative written assessments at college, are published for each term.  

Scholarship opportunities

There are two Merchant Navy scholarships available to serving seafarers, managed by the Marine Society. 

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The John William Slater Scholarship Fund helps ratings study for the first certificate of competency. Worth up to £18,500, this scholarship is administered by the Marine Society on behalf of Nautilus International. Find out more at

The Worcester Scholarship is aimed at officers who wish to take academic qualifications such as a bachelors or masters degree in Nautical Science, Marine Engineering or Electro-Technical. In certain circumstances, it can be used for advanced professional qualifications where there is no support available anywhere else or for those who are overqualified for a JW Slater Scholarship.

You can receive up to £1000. The amount awarded depends on what you are studying and the cost. You may also be eligible for an Interest-free loan – please refer to the interest-free loans page. 

You can find out more at

Our Blended Learning Courses

All our blended learning courses can be found on our courses page.

Life in Fleetwood

Fleetwood Nautical Campus is based in Fleetwood, Lancashire. Find out more about life in the town and surrounding area.

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