Nautical Science HNC

UCAS code 006J
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

This course forms part of the Merchant Navy Cadet Programme for students entering the industry as deck officers. The programme runs over three years, the first year is the NC Shipping and Maritime Operations.

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

All cadets are employed or sponsored directly by a shipping company/ship manager, or indirectly by other organisations acting on their behalf, who provide the sea service and support throughout the programme.

Cadets normally receive a salary or training allowance for the complete duration of the programme from the employing or sponsoring organisation, which also pays tuition and other associated costs, although specific arrangements may vary between employing and sponsoring organisations.

Special features

  • Highly qualified professional staff with experience afloat and ashore.
  • State of the art simulation equipment, engineering workships and training vessels.
  • High quality support infrastructure within modern facilities.
  • Small class sizes providing opportunity for one-to-one teaching.

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, Physics (or equivalent science subject) and English

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).

 

Year 1 - NC Shipping and Maritime Operations

Taught subjects include:

  • STCW Basic safety training in Personal Survival Techniques
  • Fire Prevention and Firefighting
  • Elementary First Aid and Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • National Certificate (NC) in Shipping and Maritime Operations: An Introduction
  • Theoretical and practical aspects of Efficient Deck Hand (EDH), Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSCRB) certificates

Plus 34 weeks/8months seagoing experience

  • Shipboard induction, familiarisation and development of basic seamanship and seafarer skills
  • Undertake planned training as documented in the Trainee Record Book and work based learning

Year 2 - HNC

Taught subject include (28 Weeks):

  • Assess and consolidate onboard learning from Phase 2.
  • Undertake HNC Nautical Science, GMDSS, Medical First Aid and NARAST
  • Operational (Theory)

Further Seagoing Experience plus:

  • Understudy Office of the Watch and complete programme of shipboard training as documented in the Trainee Record Book

Year 3 - HNC

Successful completion will result in:

Maritime and Coastguard Agency Officer of the Watch Qualification

Skills Development and Certification, including:

  • Efficient Deck Hand
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat
  • Officer of the Watch Examinations (SQA/MCA)
  • MCA Oral examinations for Certificate of Competency
  • NARAS Operational (simulator)
  • Advanced Marine Fire Fighting

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You will study your course by way of classroom-based lectures and tutorials, and practical (at sea) training.

How long will my course last?

  • Full Time: 3 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

September 

How much will my course cost?

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) 2016-17
Full-time per year
£1,285
Part-time (per HN unit) £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) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £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) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434

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

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

There are many opportunities for employment in a range of maritime-related industries for well-qualified and experienced ship’s officers.

  • The NC and HNC are prerequisites, together with specified sea service and ancillary short safety training courses, for the issue of the  MCA Certificate of Competency. The Certificate of Competency qualifies the holder to take charge of a navigational watch on the bridge of a ship at sea

Can I progress into further study?

  • Further studies and exams will lead to senior certificates of Chief Mate/Master or following sea service as a junior officer

  • Opportunities exist for employment ashore in a range of maritime related industries for well qualified and experienced ship’s officers

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

What our students, graduates and staff say:

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

"NAFC Marine Centre UHI has excellent facilities, enthusiastic and experienced staff and students benefit from the small class sizes and one-to-one teaching. The design of the course means I spend periods of time at sea, putting what I've learned in the classroom into practice. I have found this method of learning to be very effective"

 

Apply for Nautical Science HNC

Please contact us to discuss your application to this course.

NAFC Marine Centre UHI

Port Arthur
SCALLOWAY
Shetland
ZE1 0UN

Tel: (01595) 772000

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

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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