Marine Engineering HNC

UCAS code 206J
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

If you aspire to a career in the Merchant Navy, this HNC in Marine Engineering is the first step towards achieving your goal. The course course covers many different aspects of engineering and as such provides an excellent basis for anyone wishing to become an engineer. It.forms part of the Merchant Navy Cadet Programme for engineering officers. The programme runs over three years, the first year is the NC Shipping and Maritime Operations.

You will be sponsored throughout your training by a shipping company and receive an allowance and support at college, as well as spending a portion of your time onboard ships gaining hands-on marine training.

Anyone interested in studying this HNC as a stand-alone course should contact NAFC to discuss.

Special features

  • You will gain all the hands-on experience you need to become an engineer cadet
  • You will have financial support throughout your course by way of sponsorship from a shipping company
  • Engineering officer cadets spend a total of at least 8 months on-board a Merchant Navy vessel during their 3 year cadetship.
  • Ship and local company visits are undertaken during the course to enable you to see engineering in action.

Entry requirements

Year 1 of the Cadet Programme:

  • Minimum 4 Standard Grades, National 4/5, or GCSE at levels 1-3/A-C, including Maths, English and a science subject,

Direct access to the HNC:

  • NC Shipping and Maritime Operations

Applicants with other relevant qualifications and appropriate employment experience will be considered on an individual basis

You will be required to undergo a medical and fitness test

You must be sponsored by the industry (Merchant Navy).

Access routes

NC in Maritime Operations

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Marine Engineering: Propulsion
  • Marine Engineering: Auxiliary Thermodynamic Principles
  • Marine Engineering: Electrical and Electronic Devices
  • Marine Engineering: Dynamics and Machines
  • Marine Engineering: Naval Architecture
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Marine Engineering: Ship Construction
  • Marine Engineering: Electrical Motors and Generators
  • Marine Engineering: Graded Unit 1

Option units may include:

  • Marine engineering auxiliary systems
  • Fundamentals of control systems
  • Safety engineering and the environment

Year 2 - HNC

Year 3 - HNC

How will I study my course?

Full time

You will study your course by way of classroom-based lectures and tutorials, and practical hands-on experiencein the fully equipped workshops and labs at NAFC Marine Centre UHI


How long will my course last?


Full time: 1 year


Where can I study my course?

Start date

September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2016-172017-18
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN unit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2016-172017-18
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434 £434

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2016-172017-18
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434 £434

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact NAFC Marine Centre UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Further studies and exams will lead to a role as a Second/Chief engineer following sea service as an Engineering Officer of the Watch or positions such as

  • Engineering Officer of the Watch on a Merchant Navy Vessel.
  • Shorebased engineer
  • Shipping related shorebased position.

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What our students, graduates and staff say

"I'm really enjoying studying at NAFC Marine Centre UHI. The small class sizes mean we get one-to-one teaching from lecturers and all the personal help and support we need. The teaching staff are very experienced and enthusiastic, making for a fantastic learning experience."

Liam Cumming, Merchant Navy Cadet Programme, NAFC Marine Centre UHI

Apply for Marine Engineering HNC

Please contact us to discuss application to this course.

NAFC Marine Centre

Port Arthur
SCALLOWAY
Shetland
ZE1 0UN

Tel: (01595) 772000

E-mail: info@nafc.uhi.ac.uk

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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