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Deck Cadet Foundation Degree Programme


  • Price: POA

Course Details

  • School Warsash
  • Location Southampton
  • All Dates Please contact us for dates and availability
  • Duration 36 month(s)
  • Accommodation Included No

Deck Cadet - Foundation Degree Programme

The Academy offers a full deck officer cadet programme by a degree route, leading ultimately to the award of a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Deck Officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW’95 II/I OOW), a Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Marine Operations and a direct top-up pathway to BSc (Hons) Marine Operations Management.

The scheme consists of five phases (usually over three years), three spent at the Academy for academic delivery and two at sea gaining practical experience. The education and training programme consists of three distinct but complementary elements:

Academic education at the Academy in conjunction with work-based learning on board ship to attain the Foundation Degree in Marine Operations, which provides a direct top-up pathway to the BSc (Hons) Marine Operations Management.

Practical training on board ship, including completion of an MNTB Training Record Book. This enables candidates to develop the professional competency needed for initial certification by the UK’s MCA.

In addition to the academic studies, the MCA requires officer cadets to take a number of safety and survival courses during their cadetship.


3 years

Training towards

Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Marine Operations

MCA Certificate of Competency


A) Sponsorship from a shipping company to gain sea service.

B) Holds the minimum academic entry qualifications:

A minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points, including a numerate subject


GCSEs Grade 'C' or above in the following subjects; Mathematics (preferably Higher Tier), English, Science (with Physical Science content).

C) A valid personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA.



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Warsash Maritime School, Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0YN, UK

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