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Merchant Navy Deck, Engineering & Electro Technical Courses and, Maritime Professional Training Programs in Glasgow

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Scotland’s largest college, City of Glasgow College was formed in 2010 with merging three prominent colleges in Glasgow, Central College Glasgow; Glasgow Metropolitan College; and Glasgow College of Nautical Studies. City of Glasgow College now has a portfolio of over 2,600 courses across a wide variety of areas which can be studied in various modes of attendance such as full time, part time, day release and distance learning. The College is currently the home of 40,000 students and 1,200 staff.

Two new campuses are being built for the college. Building work has started on a Marine Skills Centre on the banks of the River Clyde near Thistle Street.. The new college has the support of Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Funding Council.


Glasgow College of Nautical Studies (Which merged with the City of Glasgow College and now Faculty of Nautical Studies) is a UK Border Agency (UKBA) highly trusted student sponsor. Many of the programs and courses are approved by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and/or the Merchant Navy Training Board.

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Training Programs




Precadetship Program

  • Access to Maritime and STEM (August Pre-Cadetship) (SCQF 5) (1 year): This course is designed for students who have achieved National 4's at school or who would like to pursue a career at sea as an Officer, but do not yet meet the academic requirements for company selection.  This college course will give you the minimum academic requirements to apply for an HNC Cadet Program through a sponsoring company or training provider.

Deck Cadetship Programs

Company Sponsored Courses

  • HNC Deck Cadet Program (SCQF 7) (3 years): This course forms part of the Education & Training requirements to complete the Deck Officer of the Watch (OOW) training program and is aimed at cadets who have achieved National 5's at school or who have completed an appropriate access program.  Applications for this program should be made through an appropriate sponsor. 
  • HND Deck Cadet Program (SCQF 8) (3 years): This course forms part of the Education & Training requirements to complete the Deck Officer of the Watch (OOW) training program and is aimed at cadets who have achieved grade B National 5's at school or have completed the Access to Maritime and STEM course.  Applications for this program should be made through an an appropriate sponsor
  • SPD Deck Cadet Program  (SCQF 9) (3 years): This course forms part of the Education & Training requirements to complete the Deck Officer of the Watch (OOW) training program and is aimed at cadets who have achieved Highers at school.  Applications for this program should be made through an appropriate sponsor.  
  • OOW Unlimited Superyacht Cadetship: You will gain an Officer of the Watch Unlimited Certificate of Competency as well as the academic award ‘Scottish Professional Diploma in Marine Operations’ in your time at City of Glasgow College. As part of your sea time, you will also gain valuable experience on a superyacht through our training partner Trinity House which will enhance your future career prospects.

ETO Cadetship Program

Company Sponsored Courses

  • HND Marine Electro-technology Cadet Program (SCQF 8) (3 years): This course forms part of the Education & Training requirements to complete the Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) training program and is aimed at cadets who have achieved National 5’s at school or who have completed the Access to Maritime & STEM course.  Applications for this program should be made through an appropriate sponsor.

Marine Engineering Cadetship Programs

Company Sponsored Courses

  • HNC Marine Engineering Cadet Program (SCQF 7) (3 years): This course forms part of the Education & Training requirements to complete the Engine Officer (EOOW) training program and is aimed at cadets who have achieved National 5's at school or who have completed an appropriate access program.  Applications for this program should be made through an appropriate sponsor. 
  • HND Marine Engineering Cadet Program (SCQF 8) (3 years): This course forms part of the Education & Training requirements to complete the Engine Officer (EOOW) training program and is aimed at cadets who have achieved good National 5's (B or Above) at school or who have scored highly on an appropriate access program.  Applications for this program should be made through an appropriate sponsor. 
  • SPD Marine Engineering Cadet Program  (SCQF 9) (3 years): This course forms part of the Education & Training requirements to complete the Engine Officer (EOOW) training program and is aimed at cadets who have achieved Highers at school or who have scored highly on an NC Shipping and Maritime Operations qualification.  Applications for this program should be made through an appropriate sponsor.  
  • Alternative Route for EOOW: The 'alternative route' is designed for those with relevant Engineering qualifications (eg. an Engineering Degree) to apply directly to City of Glasgow College for an action plan detailing the requirements they must meet to obtain an EOOW certificate of competency.

Blended & Distance Learning Courses

  • HND Nautical Science (Blended Learning) (SCQF level 8) (36 months to complete): As each unit of the HND is completed you will sit mock assessments to ensure that learning objectives have been completed. Unit assessments and the HND graded unit exams are undertaken within a college approved facility. On completion of the HND you can continue your studies towards Chief Mate (Unlimited) certification.
  • MCA Engineering Management Level Courses (Distance Learning) (SCQF level 7): The Distance Learning Program (DLP) is for students who need to complete the MCA’s academic subjects leading to award of MCAs Certificates of Competency (CoC) for engineer officers at management level. The DLP is ideal for professionals who are unable to attend full-time, college-based courses. No minimum requirements as such for this course however, you should be working towards a Management Level Certificate of Competency in Engineering. There are additional requirements for obtaining a Notice of Eligibility.
  • Chief Mates HND Blended Learning (SCQF level 8) (36 months to complete): - As each unit of the HND is completed you will sit mock assessments to ensure that learning objectives have been completed. Unit assessments and the HND graded unit exams are undertaken within a college approved facility. On completion of the HND you can continue your studies towards Chief Mate (Unlimited) certification.

Navigation & Deck Courses

  • Chief Mates Full HND Course (6 months): This course is designed for you to progress from OOW level (deck) to chief mates level. You will also complete the following short courses HELM Management, NAEST Management and a medical care certificate. The course will equip you to become a competent and efficient chief mate.
  • Chief Mate/Master (Reg II/2) Post HND Nautical Science (5 months): This course is designed for you to progress from OOW level (deck) to Chief Mates or Masters level (Management CoC). It is for Officers who do hold a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Nautical Science from a UK Establishment. If you do not hold an HND, or hold an SPD or FD, then this course is not for you.
  • MCA/SQA Chief Mate Written Prep (3 months): The course will prepare you for MCA/SQA written examinations covering Navigation and Ship Stability & Structure.
  • Nautical Studies Tutorial: These structured tutorial classes, delivered in the run-up to the written exams, cover areas relevant to the MCA written syllabus. In addition to this evening support, students will be allowed to attend the day classes should they wish to do so.

MCA (STCW) First Aid Courses

Maritime Short Courses

  • Advanced Training for Ships Operating in Polar Waters
  • Basic Training for Ships Operating in Polar Waters
  • Bridge Resource Management
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (CPSC)
  • Confined Space Working
  • Corporate Team Building
  • Corporate Team Building
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Efficient Deck Hand
  • Engineroom Resource Management
  • Free Fall Lifeboat Training
  • Health and Safety
  • High Voltage Management
  • High Voltage Operational
  • Human Element Assessment
  • Human Element Management
  • Human Element Operational
  • MCA Electronic Chart Display and Information System ECDIS
  • MNTB TRB Boiler Course
  • MNTB TRB Evaporator Course
  • NAEST Management
  • NAEST Operational
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)
  • Ship Board Security Officer
  • Ship Handling
  • Small Boat Navigation
  • STCW Basic Fire
  • STCW Basic Medical
  • STCW Basic Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR)
  • STCW Basic Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
  • STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)
  • Tanker Familiarization - Advanced Chemical
  • Tanker Familiarization - Advanced Gas
  • Tanker Familiarization - Advanced Oil
  • Tug Training      

OPITO Courses

  • OPITO Control Room Operator (CRO) Emergency Response
  • OPITO Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) Controlling Emergencies
  • OPITO Major Emergency Management Initial Response (MEMIR)