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RIII/1 EOOW Higher National Certificate


  • 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 Higher National Certificate Programme

Warsash Maritime Academy offers a full engineer officer cadet programme by a Higher National Certificate (HNC) route, leading ultimately to the award of an MCA engineer officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW III/I OOW), and the award of the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Marine Engineering.

The award of the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Marine Engineering can later be achieved following successful completion of HND Level 5 units.

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

An HE entry course at Warsash, designed to prepare new entrants for study at HNC level.

Academic education at Warsash to attain the HNC in Marine Engineering and the Underpinning Knowledge (UPK) requirements for the MCA/SQA written examinations.

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 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


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

B) Holds the minimum academic entry qualifications:

Four GCSEs Grade C or above, including the following subjects: Mathematics (preferably Higher Tier), English, Science (with Physical Science content).

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



Entry level

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

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