Deck, Engine & CoC Programs, Merchant Marine Professional Courses, and Marine Offshore Safety Training at STC


South Tyneside College (STC) is a large further education college in South Tyneside in North East England, with its main sites in the towns of South Shields and Hebburn. The college offers part-time and full-time courses for both young students and adults alike. The college is one of the largest MCA approved merchant navy training colleges in the United Kingdom, and attracts studentsall over the world.

The courses cover the whole spectrum of marine education including navigation, operations, mechanical and electrical engineering, communications and catering. The college provides training for cadets and trainees through to senior officer certification and degrees and also offers a diverse range of short courses for the marine, offshore and leisure markets. These include Royal Yachting Association (RYA) courses and OPITO approved Offshore Survival training.

The facilities at STC’s Marine School (South Shields Marine School) includes: World class Marine Simulation Department containing two 360 degree full-mission bridges and 12 other integrated bridges; An integrated full-mission engine room and associated engine workstation rooms. The Department also houses an extensive VTS simulator system and fully equipped Navigation Aid Laboratory; A Marine Safety Training Centre which provides realistic survival training in the environmental pool, helicopter escape module and jetty with survival training craft; A Fire Training Centre with a full-sized smoke chamber; Extensive Marine Workshops and Laboratories; and A large Marine Learning Centre for the sole use of marine students.

South Tyneside College is a UK Border Agency (UKBA) highly trusted student sponsor. The college conducts training approved by Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Top-up programs are validated by Northumbria University.

Academic & Training Programs

Pre-Cadet Courses

Marine Pre-Cadetship (1 year, Full-time): The Marine Pre-Cadetship is offered in both engineering and nautical (deck) pathways. This programme is intended for those eventually seeking a cadetship with a sponsoring company but who have yet to be successful in securing a place.

Deck Cadet Courses

  • Foundation Degree in Marine Operations (Merchant Navy Deck Officer Trainee Scheme) - 2 years
  • Merchant Navy Deck Officer Trainee Scheme - 3 years

Engine Cadet Courses

  • Foundation Degree in Marine Engineering - 3 years
  • Foundation Degree in Marine Electrical / Electronics - 3 years
  • HNC in Marine Engineering
  • HND in Marine Engineering
  • BEng / BEng (Hons) in Marine Engineering (30-45 weeks): South Tyneside College offers a B Eng and B Eng (Hons) degree in Marine Engineering, validated by Northumbria University. This program is a top-up degree course that has been designed to enable certificated marine engineers to achieve the academic standard of a degree qualification.

Certificates of Competency (Deck)

  • Officer of the Watch (OOW) - Rating to Officer (12 weeks): The HNC element of the course broadly consists of two 12 week modules. At the end of the module 2 students will attempt the external MCA SQA Examinations.
  • GMDSS General Operator (2 weeks): This full time course is designed to prepare students for assessment leading to the award of the GMDSS GENERAL OPERATORS CERTIFICATE (GOC) consisting of written and practical examinations in the following areas: Knowledge of general principles, basic features
    Navigation Aids, Equipment and Simulator Training (NAEST) - Operational Level MCA Approved (5 weeks): The aim of the training at this level is to equip the trainee officer with the fundamental knowledge and skills to keep a safe navigational watch and to use radar, ARPA and other navigational aids to maintain safety of navigation.
  • Operational use of ECDIS MCA Approved (5 days): This course is intended for Masters and Officers in charge of a navigational watch on a bridge fitted with, or about to be fitted with, ECDIS equipment. The course meets STCW 2010 Manila Amendments according to MNTB NAEST document.
  • Chief Mate/Master Limited Orals D (1 week): One week is allocated to Topic 4.3 (Legislative Requirments) and Topic 1.3 (Compasses) and these topic areas are covered by tutor based learning in the Marine Learning Centre.
  • Chief Mates (Post Foundation Degree route) STCW AII/2 (9 weeks): This is a 9 week package for students following MNTB FD / SPDA route to Chief Mate Certification holding an MCA OOW certificate of competency including all elements currently required for Chief Mate’s certification. Students must have at least 12 months watch-keeping sea time while holding Deck OOW Certificate of Competence.
  • HND to Chief Mate (17 weeks):This course is specifically designed for candidates who achieved the Officer of the Watch (OOW) Certificate of Competency (COC) by following a Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) approved deck cadet training scheme, completing HND NSc Chief Mate UPK but are processing to Chief Mate by the traditional examination route.
  • SQA Chief Mate HND Nautical Science (10 months): This course covers all the material for Chief Mate/Master written examinations (previously Class II/1). It is your responsibility to ensure that all the entry requirements for the course and entry to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) examinations are met prior to attending the course.
  • Masters (Orals Only - 6 weeks): The course is of six weeks duration (78 hours of classroom study with a group size of 25).

Certificates of Competency (Engine)

  • MCA Engineering Officer of the Watch III/1 (2 terms): Training as an engineer officer for experienced seafarers and qualified engineers. On successful completion of the course you can progress to senior ranks of Second and Chief Engineering Officer will follow further training.
  • Second Engineer (III/2) – 2 weeks: Two 11 week academic programs with Part 1 consisting of CEng Heat and CEng Mechanics. Part 2 Consisting of CEng Naval Architecture, CEng Electrotechnology, 2nd Eng Mathematics and 2nd Eng Drawing.
  • Second Engineer (III/2) Engineering Knowledge only: The College offers courses for seafaring marine engineers at Second Engineer (III/2) level to cover the following examinable subject areas: Professional Subjects, Engineering Knowledge – General, Engineering Knowledge – Motor & Engineering Knowledge – Steam.
  • Chief Engineers (III/2): The College offers courses for seafaring marine engineers at Chief Engineer (III/2) level to cover the following examinable subject areas: Academic Subjects, Applied Heat,Applied Mechanics, Naval Architecture, Electrotechnology Professional Subjects, Engineering Knowledge General, Engineering Knowledge Motor & Engineering Knowledge Steam.
  • Chief Engineers (III/2) - Engineering Knowledge Only: he College offers courses for seafaring marine engineers at Chief Engineer (III/2) level to cover the following examinable subject areas: Engineering Knowledge General, Engineering Knowledge Motor & Engineering Knowledge Steam.
  • Electrical AMERC Electronic Principles and Applications (3 weeks): AMERC Electronic Principles and Applications 3 week course is core component of the academic requirement for an ETO Certificate of Competency.
  • ETO: Anyone who has been serving as an ETO (or in a similar capacity) without STCW Certification can obtain the required training and certification at South Shields Marine School.
  • Electronic Navigation Equipment Maintenance (ENEM) (MCA Approved) - 3 weeks: Safety Personal safe working practices when working on navigational equipment and safety of the vessel when involved with equipment used for navigational purposes.
  • GMDSS Radio Maintenance: This is 3 weeks course approximately.

Certificates of Competency (Tanker)

  • Oil Tanker Training Programme (MCA Approved): This course is intended for masters, officers and ratings serving on tankers who are required to undertake additional training and familiarisation in accordance with: The Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Regulations 1997/ Marine Guidance Note (MGN)95 / STCW 95 : Regulation V/1 para 2.2 and STCW Code Section A - V/1 para 8-14.

Professional Development Courses

  • Welding Appreciation for Marine Officers
  • Diesel Electric Propulsion
  • Marine Electrical Maintenance
  • VTS Induction/Underpining Knowledge (V-103/1) (VTS Theory)
  • VTS Nautical Knowledge (Module 4 of IALA V-103/1)
  • VTS On-Job Training (OJT) Instructor Course - IALA V-103/4
  • VTS Operators (Simulator) IALA-103/1
  • VTS Refresher
  • VTS Supervisor Advancement Training - IALA V-103/2
  • Tug Handling
  • Bridge Team Management Training
  • Abrasive Wheels Regulations
  • Chemical Tanker Training (MCA Approved)
  • High Voltage Training - Management Level (MCA Approved)
  • Marine Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Areas
  • Marine Instrumentation and Control

Marine Offshore Safety Training

  • Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System
  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)
  • Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST)
  • OPITO Basic Offshore Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET)
  • OPITO Further Offshore Emergency Training
  • Renewable UK Marine Safety Training
  • Designated Security Duties
  • Efficient Deckhand (MCA Approved)
  • Elementary First Aid (EFA) (MCA Approved)
  • Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting
  • MCA Personal Safety & Social Responsibility
  • Medical First Aid Onboard Ship (MCA Approved)
  • MNTB Enclosed Space Entry
  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • SQA Awd Maritime Studies Watch Deck Rating L2
  • SQA L2 Awd in Maritime Studies
  • Advanced Firefighting
  • MCA PSC & RB
  • MCA STCW Medical Care Aboard Ship L4
  • MCA STCW Medical Care Refresher L4
  • Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher (Route 1)
  • Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher (Route 2)
  • Basic Fire Fighting Refresher
  • Personal Survival Techniques updating training (Refresher Training)
  • PSC & RB Refresher (Route 1)
  • PSC & RB Refresher (Route 2)

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