Overview top

This is a two week programme covering all the topics on the Chief Mate orals syllabus (MIN653 - Amendment 1). For recent updates, please check the MCA website here. Maritime and Coastguard Agency - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 



This course is specifically designed to cover the Chief Mate orals syllabus and each lecture is taught by a subject specific lecturer who will utilise our world class facilities and resources to their fullest extent. 

You will also spend half a day at our Marine Offshore Safety Training Centre. 

We have an excellent link with our local MCA exam office and examiners and our pass rates are excellent.


Entry Requirements top

It is recommended that candidates for the oral preparation course have complete the academic underpinning knowledge for Chief Mates.

For a Chief Mates CoC candidates will also need to meet the following:

The MCA regulations require a candidate:

  • Not less than 12 months sea service as a watch-keeping officer whilst holding an OOW Certificate of Competency (CoC). 
  • Discharge book entries verifying sea service.
  • Watch-keeping certificates to support all watch-keeping sea service.

A candidate who does not have a discharge book will need to obtain documentation from their shipping company verifying their sea service. 

It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that all entry requirements for the course and the issue of a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) by the MCA are met prior to attending the course.

For further information, please refer to MGN1856 - Amendment 1 on the MCA website. Maritime and Coastguard Agency - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Assessment top

The MCA oral examination is conducted via Microsoft Teams by MCA examiners. 

Professional Opportunities top

With further sea service experience, candidates will be eligible to enter the oral examination for Masters (Unlimited) certification. 

Successful Chief Mates students can also progress onto our BSc (Hons) (Top Up) in Marine Operations.

Further Information top

To apply for this course e-mail nadmin@tynecoast.ac.uk for more information and an application form.

For UK students a £500 deposit is required and a deposit of £1000 for Non-UK students to reserve your place on the course (subject to availability).  For overseas students full payment will be required before a CAS (if required for this course) will be issued.

Any fees paid by Bankers Draft should be made payable to Tyne Coast College.

Accommodation is available in the college at Dr Winterbottom Hall or in private lodgings. For full details, please refer to the separate information page or contact Dr Winterbottom Hall directly.  Please telephone: +44 (0)191 427 3666 or email DWH@tynecoast.ac.uk for more information. 


Dates & Fees

Contact us for current course dates and fees.