Overview top


Entry Requirements top

The minimum entry qualifications for Foundation Degree courses are

  • A UCAS tariff of 56 is preferred, but which also includes GCSE passes in four subjects at grade B / 6 or better including Mathematics, a Physical Science, English or a subject which makes use of English such as History and one other. Suitable prior courses include: Scottish Highers; National Certificate/Diploma at merit/merit grade or higher in suitable subjects
  • Or Qualifications equivalent to this level and discipline, which must include either GCSE pass at grade C or better in English OR International English language Testing Services (IELTS) grade 5.0 or higher

Assessment top

All assessments are 100% formal examination all taken within the college.

The awarding body is University of Sunderland.

MCA Oral examination is carried out by MCA examiners.

Professional Opportunities top

Further periods of sea service and study lead to the award of the MCA Chief Mate Certificate of Competency and Master Mariner Certificate of Competency qualifying the holder to serve as Master of a merchant vessel. Successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Marine Operations gives entry into a maritime BSc/BSc(Hons) programme if this option is required.

Further Information top

All students are employed or sponsored by shipping companies and the first step is to apply to companies which are recruiting. They will support you through your training and pay you a salary or allowance during you raining period.  An full list of shipping and training companies can be found on the MNTB and Careers at Sea websites.

Health: Candidates must be able to pass a medical examination (normal good health) and an eyesight test (colour and form).

Marine admin office details contact email / telephone number:

Lucy Howlett for deck cadet enquiries:


t: 0191 427 3695



Dates & Fees

Contact us for current course dates and fees.