There are 2 main departments onboard a ship - Deck Officers and Engineers.
- Responsible for the safe, efficient, timely navigation of a vessel around the world.
- Passage planning for each route and safe berthing of the vessel when arriving in port.
- Looking after cargo operations, whether it is the stable loading and unloading of containers from a ship or the safe load of crude oil or chemicals on a tanker.
- Looking after the overall safety and security of a ship and its personnel. Maintaining all deck equipment.
- Responsible for the safe, efficient, timely running of a vessels propulsive and auxiliary systems and equipment.
- Contribute to the monitoring and completion of the maintenance schedule for a vessels propulsive and auxiliary systems and equipment.
- Assist in looking after the overall safety and security of a ship and its personnel.
There are two routes to qualification for both deck officers and engineers. Each course is fully sponsored. Each training course requires different entry qualifications:
GCSE/standard grade entry:
- Officer of the Watch HND Nautical Science
- Officer of the Watch HND Marine Engineering
5 GCSEs at grades A - C / 5 Standard Grades at grades 1 - 3 or 5 National 5's, must include Maths, English and a Science based subject
A level/highers entry:
- Foundation Degree Marine Operations and MCA Certificate of Competency
- Foundation Degree Marine Engineering and MCA Certificate of Competency
A minimum of 120 UCAS points A Levels or Scottish Highers preferably with at least one numerical based subject, Plus 5 GCSE / Scottish Standard Grades at grades A - C / 1 - 3 including Maths, English and a Science based subject