Officer of the Watch Engineering - HNC (SQA)
Qualification Obtained: HNC in Marine Engineering
This programme is aimed at applicants wishing to pursue a career at sea. It allows you to study for an HNC whilst employed at sea as a trainee officer. Successful students therefore will achieve not only an HNC but also a vocational qualification that will allow them to sail as an Engineering Officer on merchant vessels. The programme is designed in a phased model, with academic College-based phases being interspersed with time served at sea on board ship. Progression to a Higher National Diploma (HND) might also be available.
Course Entry Requirements
4 GCSEs (grades A-C) including English and Maths. 120 UCAS points, which will be gained from the level 3 Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations (Engine). You will also be required to achieve an appropriate level of English.
You should be aware that sponsorship is dependent upon you meeting industry medical standards.
Modules and Assessment
The HNC Nautical Science has been developed to deliver the underpinning knowledge required for Merchant Navy Certificates of Competence as defined in the IMO convention on the Standards of Training and Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW 95).
This underpinning knowledge is clearly defined in STCW 95 and has been further clarified by both the UK Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) and the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
The knowledge and skills developed in the suite of Units within the HNC match the underpinning knowledge required for Officer of the Watch (OOW) Certification. (However, candidates aspiring to OOW certification will be required to undertake additional HN Units as outlined on page 10).
For the safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment, it is essential that seafarers have a level of competence that enables them to carry out their duties safely and effectively.
Accordingly it is a requirement of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that merchant vessels are operated by seafarers who hold a ‘Certificate of Competency’ which attests to their competence at the level or rank for which they are employed. The current requirements are detailed in the IMO ‘Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers’ convention as amended in 1995, commonly referred to as ‘STCW 95’.
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.
FOLV 34 Chartwork and Tides - 100% Examination
F0MO 34 Navigational Mathematics and Science - 100% Examination
F0LH 34 Marine Meteorology: An introduction - 100% Examination
F0LR 34 Bridge Watchkeeping - 100% Examination
F0LM 34 Marine Cargo Operations - 100% Examination
F0LD 34 Ship Stability: An Introduction - 100% Examination
F0LF 34 Naval Architecture: Ship Construction - 100% Examination
F0LS 35 Celestial Navigation - 100% Examination
F13B 34 Nautical Science Graded Unit 1 - 100% Examination
Additionally for candidates who require an Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency the following additional Units would be required.
F0LK 34 Marine Emergency Response and Communications - 100% Examination
F0LJ 34 Marine Law and Management - 100% Examination
Teaching and Learning Methods
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.
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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
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