Course: FdSc Nautical Science*

Study Level


Level 5

Course Code


Nautical Science

Location


Lowestoft Campus

Duration


Two Years

FT / PT


Full-time

This two-year programme will give you the skills sought by shipping companies to allow you to gain the internationally recognised qualifications needed to become a professional seafarer. You will gain core leadership, navigation, shipboard operation, and meteorological skills through time spent on ships and in our state-of-the-art simulators.

After completing 18 months of sea service as a qualified Deck Officer holding OOW certification, further training and passing SQA Chief Mate written exams and MCA oral exams will qualify you to have a position as Chief Mate. A similar pattern of experience needs to be undertaken, including a further 18 months of service before you can qualify as Master (or Captain).

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical exercises featuring group and individual problem-based learning; case studies, debate, critiques, oral and visual presentations, fieldwork and professional development planning.

If you are a sponsored student, you will follow an accredited pathway and will receive funding towards tuition fees and living expenses from your sponsoring company during your training. Your sponsoring company will also provide the necessary sea service for you to gain practical experience from a seagoing placement year.

In order to pursue an accredited path and to obtain sponsorship as a UK resident, you need to contact Ship Safe Training Group (SSTG), which is a not-for-profit organisation working with the UK shipping companies to provide recruitment and training service for their ships officers.

After meeting the required criteria and passing the interview, SSTG will facilitate sponsorship to take up your career at sea, including financial support while training at college and sea. SSTG will organise and supervise your cadet training program to provide high quality and progressive training and support throughout your college and sea-based phases.

You can register your interest for this course by clicking ‘Apply Now’. This will open up a new email to our HE team, please let them know the course that you are interested in applying for.

*Please note this course is subject to validation.

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