Chief Mate Deck (Unlimited) - HND (SQA)
Qualification Obtained: HND in Nautical Science
This programme is aimed at applicants wishing to pursue a career at sea. Students will either have a sponsoring company or be undertaking the qualification in their own right. The HND, when combined with certain professional qualifications, will entitle successful students to apply to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for a Certificate of Competency ( for employment as a chief officer on board merchant vessels). For applicants who have already completed an HNCNautical Science, this course precedes the sea service required to qualify for Chief Mate (unlimited) Certificate of Competency.
Course Entry Requirements
Minimum 18 months sea-time as a watchkeeping officer while holding an STCW95 Officer of The Watch Certificate of Competency (CoC)
Career Options and Progression
After gaining the required seatime as Chief Officer students can undertake a short course preparing them for their MCA Masters Orals examination; allowing them to become Master of a Merchant Vessel.
Modules and Assessment
This course is for experienced seafarers who have gained the required sea-time as Officer of The Watch and are looking to study towards their Chief Officer Certificate of Competency (CoC)
HND builds on the knowledge gained at HNC and develops core areas of study to enable problem solving from a management level. Students will be able to evaluate a wide range of information and will develop the research skills needed to complete a major project. Students will also achieve professional level practice skills through on board training.
- Develop the skills required to manage and control the safe navigation of the vessel in all conditions.
- Develop the skills required to manage and control vessel operations in compliance with current legislation.
- Develop a sound understanding of shipboard management issues and techniques.
- Develop a sound understanding of the ship Masters role with respect to the legal aspects of managing the navigation and operation of the vessel.
- Develop an understanding of the vessels propulsion maintenance and engineering requirements.
- Prepare candidates for the MCA written and Oral examinations at Chief Mate Level.
All Higher Education programmes delivered at Blackpool and The Fylde College consist of modules. A module is a coherent unit of subject material, which is complete with its own learning outcomes and assessments. More detailed information on module content is available in the programme handbook.
The level 5 course will consist of the below modules/optional module
- D75X 34 Information Technology: Applications Software 1 - 8 credits
- F0LG 35 Marine Passage Planning - 12 credits
- F0LW 35 Management of Bridge Operations - 12 credits
- F0LP 35 Applied Marine Meteorology - 12 credits
- F0LC 35 Ship Stability: Theory and Practical Application - 12 credits
- F0LY 35 Marine Vessels: Structures and Maintenance - 8 credits
- F0LX 35 Management of Vessel Operations - 16 credits
- F0LN 35 Shipmasters Business - 16 credits
- F0LB 35 Shipboard Management - 8 credits
- F13C 35 Nautical Science Graded Unit 2 - 8 credits
- F13D 35 Nautical Science Graded Unit 3 - 8 credits
D78P 35 Marine Engineering Systems - 8 credits
Assessment will consist of several assessment methods including Examinations, assignments, case studies and practical demonstrations . Programmes may integrate academic and work-based learning so assessment often includes lots of reflection, portfolio building and case studies.
- D75X 34 Information Technology: Applications Software 1 - 100% Examination
- F0LG 35 Marine Passage Planning - 100% Examination
- F0LW 35 Management of Bridge Operations - 100% Examination
- F0LP 35 Applied Marine Meteorology - 100% Examination
- F0LC 35 Ship Stability: Theory and Practical Application - 100% Examination
- F0LY 35 Marine Vessels: Structures and Maintenance - 50% Assignment and 50% Examination
- F0LX 35 Management of Vessel Operations - 100% Examination
- F0LN 35 Shipmasters Business - 50% Assignment and 50% Examination
- F0LB 35 Shipboard Management - 50% Assignment and 50% Examination
- F13C 35 Nautical Science Graded Unit 2 - 100% Examination
- F13D 35 Nautical Science Graded Unit 3 - 100% Examination
Teaching and Learning Methods
This course is delivered using several methods. Typically you will receive theoretical underpinning knowledge reinforced with practical hands-on training and industry linked simulation.
The HNC/D in Nautical Science is taught using a blend of traditional and student centred learning activities. Our team of highly qualified industry specialists will provide vocationally relevant structured input through lectures, presentations and simulations. You will be expected to develop your skills knowledge and understanding of navigation, meteorology, ship construction and stability as well as marine cargo and bridge watch keeping. A large part of the taught sessions will help you to develop and further enhance your Maths and Science skills to enable you to get the best out of the other complimentary modules on the programme. You will be given calculations to solve and will use the results of these to predict outcomes and plot and plan actions. You will be provided with the opportunity to work in groups and individually to identify and solve problems work with charts and plans and understand and respond to potential emergency situations as they arise.
Work Placement and Field Trips
There is no work placement included in this course.
All staff involved in the delivery of maritime and nautical 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.
Read our tuition fees guide.
Equipment - the student will be required to purchase a scientific calculator, mapping rulers and compass. These can be purchased from any supplier therefore prices may vary, however full guidance can be provided on what to purchase by contacting Fleetwood Campus.
Regulation and Accreditation
This programme is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Terms and Conditions
Read our full terms and conditions for more information.
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