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RIII/1 METO - 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

FdEng Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Warsash Maritime Academy offers a full marine electro-technical officer (METO) cadet programme by a foundation degree route, leading ultimately to the award of:

Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering

UK MCA METO Certificate of Competency (STCW A-III/6 OOW)

A GMDSS radio maintenance certificate and an electronic navigation equipment maintenance (ENEM) certificate.

The programme also offers 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 Warsash 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 Warsash in conjunction with work-based learning on board ship

Engineering workshop skills training at Warsash to MNTB-approved standard

Practical training on board ship, including completion of an MNTB Training Record Book. This enables officer cadets 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. These include:

Personal Survival Techniques

Personal Social and Safety Responsibilities

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting

Elementary First Aid

Proficiency in Medical First Aid

Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats

Advanced Fire Fighting

GMDSS Radio Maintenance and ENEM

Human Element, Leadership and Management - Operational Level (HELM(O))

High Voltage (Operational Level)


3 years

Training towards

Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Marine Electro-Technical Engineering and 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.

Plus Minimum of 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.



Modes of study



Continual and examination.

Teaching methods

Practical and study.

Entry level

See prerequisites.

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

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