Shipping and Maritime Operations NC Level 6

What is special about this course?

This course will enable you to progress to further qualifications which form part of deck and engineer officer training programmes or alternatively if you wish to follow a career in shore based maritime operations.

The course offers a relevant mix of competencies to enable career progression whilst at the same time providing you with an articulation route to HNC/HNDs currently used in training programmes for Merchant Navy officers.

The course forms part of a scheme of training approved for professional certification by the Merchant Navy Training Board.

Entry requirements

You should have at least 3 Standard Grades at credit level / 3 National 5s or an equivalent combination of both.

Alternatively you could have completed our Certificate in Maritime Skills. Mature students will be considered on merit.

  • Computing: Office and Personal Productivity Applications
  • Maritime Industry: An Introduction
  • Mathematics for Science
  • Safety Training for Seafarers
  • Ship Construction and Stability: An Introduction
  • Shipboard Operations: An Introduction
  • Bridge Watch keeping: An Introduction
  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Marine Heat Engines
  • Nautical Science: An Introduction
  • Strength of Materials
  • Core Skills Communication

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

34 Week

Where can I study my course?

    • Mallaig

Start date



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 qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course can provide students with a sound platform from which to progress towards completion of HNC/HND marine training programmes and then on to other Merchant Navy Certificates of Competency.

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What our students, graduates and staff say

My main aim in coming to Mallaig was to get a qualification, which would help me to get a cadetship.

I had Highers from school in Glasgow and so I was able to come straight on to Shipping and Maritime Operations, which does have a fair bit of marine related maths and science.

I have also been able to pick up three parts of the STCW ticket: PST, PSR and First Aid. I’ve done Day Skipper too. All of these are great for my CV when I finish.

I have upped my practical skills and filled the gaps in my theoretical knowledge. I’ve had a good time in Mallaig and we have worked hard.

My application for a cadetship was successful and I feel well prepared for when I start in Glasgow in September.

Robert Mattison

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