Deck Shipping and Maritime Operations - Level 3

Course Code: MF1FE19

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration
21/02/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus20 WeeksApply
05/09/2022Fleetwood Nautical Campus27 WeeksApply

Course Overview

A Merchant Navy career is considered to be coveted and much sought after because of the possibility of seeing the world and being trained, while you earn high possibly tax free wages.

This qualification is considered as an entry qualification for wide variety of maritime employment. This award, which is available to non-sponsored candidates looking for careers in the merchant navy or wider maritime industry, includes river navigation, code vessel employability, off-shore market, merchant navy etc.


Entry Requirements

4 or more GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English, Maths and Science).  
To progress and gain sponsorship with a company, you must also be medically fit and able to see clearly with colour vision. 
Details on the medical and eye test including colour visions are provided in this guide.

Qualification Obtained

Diploma in Maritime Studies

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods

Teaching and Learning Methods

The majority of the teaching and learning is delivered by class room teaching, outdoor learning, activity based learning, ship visits and tutorials. There will also be an element of independent learning to prepare for the higher education you will progress to after this qualification.

Independent learning is mainly by e-Learning using electronic material and college’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

Throughout the programme of study, you will be formatively assessed in the class using short pieces of work, oral examinations, report writing on the ship visits, short tests in the class etc. There will be summative exams which are either written or oral examinations under controlled conditions, for the units you study in Level 3 Diploma.

The following table outlines the credit value of each unit, together with timetabled hours and the amount of time we expect you to devote to independent study

Unit SCQF Credit Points Contact hours (approx.) Independent Study hours
Shipboard Operations; An Introduction 6 30 30
Maritime Industry; An Introduction  6 30 30
Transverse Stability of Ships  6 30 30
Naval Architecture;  An Introduction 6 30 30
Maths for Maritime 12 60 60
Bridge Operations; An Introduction 12 60 60
Chartwork and Tides; An introduction 6 30 30
Nautical Science; An Introduction  6 30 30


Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
Lancaster University
Disabled Confident
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