Maritime Skills Certificate

What is special about this course?

By using a combination of practical and theoretical units, this course is specifically aimed at developing skills, valued by employers in the maritime sector, at local, national and international level. It is the perfect course for anyone planning a career in the Merchant/Royal Navy, commercial sea fishing, aquaculture or leisure sailing industries.

Core Skills are an integral part of the course and you will study ICT & Numeracy. These will be closely tied in with the other units you are studying and will enable you to move on with confidence to your next educational step or place of employment.

Entry requirements

No previous experience in the maritime sector is necessary, but a keen interest in the maritime industry and an ability to work in all weathers are essential. Mature students will be considered on merit. All candidates will attend an interview.

Required Units:

  • Maritime Environment
  • Small Boat Engineering
  • Health and Safety in the Maritime Sector
  • Employability and Careers in the Maritime Sector
  • Core Skills Numeracy & ICT

Additional Modules include:

  • STCW 95 ( Personal Survival Techniques; First Aid; Personal Safety & Social Responsibility)
  • RYA Intermediate Powerboat
  • RYA VHF Radio
  • RYA Day Skipper
  • Rope Handling, Splicing & Knots

The majority of SQA units in this course are at SCQF level 5.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

19 Weeks

3 days per week for 19 weeks.

Where can I study my course?

    • Mallaig

Start date

September & February


Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


Students may also qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You could consider our NC Shipping and Maritime Operations SCQF level 6 or progression onto further education/training through Nautical College or similar. It can also be a route into maritime employment.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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