Cadet Programme Access Course

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Thinking about a career at sea?

This preparatory course provides an introduction to maritime training and careers, including a foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge and experience relevant to a range of maritime industries.

It can provide an alternative route into the Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme.

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Apply Now: Course starts June 25th.

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about joining this course please contact the NAFC Marine Centre.

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Introduction

Introduction

This preparatory course provides an introduction to maritime careers for anyone considering or interested in a career at sea.

The course can provide an alternative access pathway to the Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme for anyone wanting to train as a Deck or Engineer Officer who does not meet the normal requirements for direct entry to the cadet programme.

It can also provide an introduction to maritime training and careers for students finishing S4 and planning to return for S5 (the course runs over the summer). 

The course will provide you with a foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge and experience relevant to maritime industries. Successful completion of the course will fulfil the academic entry requirements for the Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme or provide a basis for a range of other maritime careers. It could also provide an entry route to other maritime courses or careers, or you could return to school to somple S5.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

You should normally have at least three National 4s (or equivalent), including English, Mathematics and a Science based subject.

Other equivalent qualifications and/or relevant experience may also be accepted.

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Content

Content

This course covers a range of subjects relevant to maritime careers, including:

  • Maritime Sector Overview
  • Vessel Construction and Stability
  • Basic Navigational Watchkeeping
  • Vessel Ropework, Anchoring, and Mooring Activities
  • Basic Vessel Engineering Systems
  • Mathematics

You may also have the opportunity to make visits to a variety of ships and to engage with people working in the maritime industries.

Assessments

The course will be assessed through a mixture of oral, written and practical assessments throughout the programme.

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Qualifications

Qualifications

On successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • a National Progression Award (NPA) in Maritime Studies (SCQF Level 5)
  • National Certificate (NC) modules:
    • Mathematics
    • Communications

Successful completion of the programme will fulfil the academic entry requirements for the Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme (although they do not guarantee entry to the programme).

If you complete the programme and wish to progress to the Officer Cadet Programme you will be guaranteed an interview with a sponsoring company.

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Delivery

Delivery

This is a full-time taught course delivered at the NAFC Marine Centre over approximately 8 weeks (from June 25th to August 27th).

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Dates

Dates

  • June 25th to August 27th.

Please contact the NAFC Marine Centre for further dates.

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Fees

Fees

Fees will normally be paid for eligible students.

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Apply

Apply

To apply for thes course please complete and sign a Cadet Programme Preparation Application Form (QF20b) and return it to: NAFC Marine Centre, Port Arthur, Scalloway, Shetland ZE1 0UN.

OR email a scanned copy of the signed form to: nainfo@uhi.ac.uk.

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Queries

Queries

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about joining this course please contact the NAFC Marine Centre.