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RIII/1 EOOW - Foundation Degree


  • Price: POA

Course Details

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

Engineer Cadet - Foundation Degree Programme

The Academy offers a full engineer officer cadet programme by a degree route, leading ultimately to the award of a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Engineer Officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW A-III/I OOW), a Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Marine Engineering and a direct top-up pathway to BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering and 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 four distinct but complementary elements:

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

Engineering workshop skills training at the Academy to MNTB-approved standard.

Practical training aboard 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

FdEng Marine Engineering


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

Plus GCSE' 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.




Continual and examination.

Teaching methods

Practical and classroom.

Entry level

See prerequisites

Career opportunities

Marine Engineer

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

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