Deck Shipping and Maritime Operations - Level 3 Diploma (SQA)
Qualification Obtained: Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations (QCF)
Merchant Navy career is still considered to be coveted and much sought after career because of the possibility of seeing the world and getting trained while you earn high possible tax free wages.
This qualification is considered as an entry qualification for wide variety of maritime employment. Generally this course is provided to all shipping company sponsored candidates undergoing an approved training scheme to become an officer in the merchant navy. This award is now available to all non-sponsored candidates looking for careers in the merchant navy or wider maritime industry which includes river navigation, code vessel employability, off-shore market, merchant navy etc.
B&FC will ensure that all successful candidates will get an interview with the shipping/ cadet training company to get sponsorship to be a merchant navy cadet.
Course Entry Requirements
Candidates applying for this qualification must hold 5 GCSC subjects which include Math, English and Science with Grades C or above and minimum B for English and Mathematics to have option to choose from Foundation Degree (FD) Route or Higher National (HN) Diploma Route. If you do not hold B in Math and English, you will be restricted to HN Route only.
Career Options and Progression
At the end of the course of study, all successful candidates will be given an interview with merchant navy cadet training companies/ shipping companies where by you can get sponsorship to be trained to become an officer ion the merchant navy. B&FC will help you prepare for the interview and your report from the college with regard to your academic ability, attendance and your effort during your Level 3 Diploma will be additional help in your effort to securing a sponsorship. With a sponsorship from a shipping/ cadet training company, you will either be enrolled on to HNC/ D Nautical Science or Foundation Degree in Nautical Science.
Modules and Assessment
Qualification Structure for SQA Level 3
Diploma in Maritime Studies: Shipping and Maritime Operations (Deck)
SQA Code: GA6F 57 Ofqual Code: 600/0255/4
To attain the qualification, learners must achieve a total of 56 Credits. This comprises: 56 Mandatory Credits
Please note: It is important that the SQA Unit codes are used in all your recording documentation and when your results are communicated to SQA.
Mandatory Units: Learners must achieve 56 credits
|SQA Unit Code||Title||Ofqual Unit code||QCF Level||QCF credit value||GLH|
|FA5M 54||Maritime Employment, Environmental and Health and Safety Practice||Y/501/2738||2||2||20|
|FA69 54||Maritime Sector Overview||D/501/2739||2||3||30|
|FA60 54||Vessel Rope work, Anchoring and Mooring Operations||K/602/3897||2||5||50|
|FA62 54||Vessel Construction and Stability||T/602/3904||2||5||50|
|FA61 54||Securing a Vessel for Passage||H/602/3901||2||3||28|
|FF2D 57||Control Operation of Survival Craft and Rescue Boats||L/602/5321||3||3||30|
|FF24 57||Mathematics for Seafarers||R/602/5773||3||5||40|
|FF22 57||Control vessel operations||L/602/5352||3||8||70|
|FF23 60||Numeracy for seafarers||F/502/8092||2||6||60|
|FF2A 57||Nautical Science - an Introduction||A/502/7118||3||8||70|
|FF2C 57||Ship Construction||K/602/5441||3||5||45|
|FA63 54||Assist with a Vessel's Navigational Watch||J/602/3907||2||3||28|
Throughout the program of study, you will 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.
Teaching and Learning Methods
Majority of the teaching and learning are covered 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)
Work Placement and Field Trips
There are ship visits, practical training for making the candidates job ready, pre-sea courses to prepare for their sea phase.
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.
Writing materials and drawing instruments which can be bought from college or any other supplier which normally do not cost more than £50
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