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Merchant Navy Training Programs, Apprenticeships & Professional Maritime Training at Great Yarmouth & Lowestoft Campuses in UK

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Operational since 2017, East Coast College (ECC) is a federation of two former colleges in East Anglia - Great Yarmouth College and Lowestoft College. East Coast College Offers a full range of vocational and traditional academic courses with integrated degree level opportunities. Students progress from East Coast College onto higher education at Universities across the UK or onto apprenticeships programs.

The Great Yarmouth campus is located at Suffolk Road, Great Yarmouth and the Lowestoft campus is located at St. Peter's Street, Lowestoft. East Coast College is a leading provider of training and competence services to the maritime, offshore and energy industries. The college delivers of first class training to seafarers, offshore and energy personnel worldwide.


The college also offers apprenticeships, which are available in a broad range of careers with employers across a wide area. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. The students gain qualifications in the workplace and supported by the college to gain specific skills while earning. The students are usually required to attend college once a week though this is flexible. Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on the level and progress.

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Training Programs




Merchant Navy Programs

  • Merchant Navy Deck Cadet Program - Level 3 & 4 (3 years, full time): On successful completion of the program, Cadets can gain employment as a fully qualified officer of the watch. When you reach Senior Navigation (Deck) Officer level, you’ll direct and supervise a small team of professional seafarers, including Junior Officers and Ratings. You can also progress in Nautical Science by studying for a HND Nautical and if you wish to you can then top-up to Bachelor’s degree in a Maritime related field.
  • Officer of the Watch (Deck) STCW REG II/1 (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency - Level 4 (10-12 months, full time): This course leads to the Certificate of Competency for Officer of the Watch (Unlimited), which is a statutory requirement for a Junior Bridge Watchkeeping Officer. You must be at least eighteen years old and must have served at sea in ordinary trading vessels, for either three years’ sea service in any acceptable deck capacity OR for two and a half years as a cadet or trainee deck officer undergoing a training program recognized by the MCA, in UK ships or in ships manned by UK senior officers, such program being controlled from a UK based office.
  • Chief Mate/Master STCW REG II/2 (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency - Level 5 (10-12 months): This is a full time program and there are three intakes per year - January, May and September.

Maritime Apprenticeships

  • Boat Builder Apprenticeships: Level 3 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced apprenticeships, and combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprenticeship you will work alongside experienced staff; gain job-specific skills; earn a wage and get a holiday pay; and study towards the related qualification. To start an apprenticeship, you'll need to be 16 or over; living in England; not in a full time education when the apprenticeship starts; and you need to find an apprenticeship vacancy as you must be employed to be an apprentice.

Maritime Training Courses

  • Advanced Maritime Pilot Simulation Course
  • Advanced Ship Handling Simulation Course
  • Advanced Tug Handling Simulation Course
  • ASD Tug Handling Simulator Course (Basic)
  • Azimuth Propulsion Simulation Training (Supply Boats)
  • Bridge Resources Management
  • Bridge Team Management
  • City & Guilds Fundamental Inspection, Testing and Initial Verification (2392)
  • Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 1
  • Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 2
  • Dynamic Positioning Introduction
  • Dynamic Positioning Onshore Personnel
  • ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems)
  • Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)
  • Elementary First Aid (EFA) – Maritime
  • Emergency Ship Handling Simulator Course
  • FPSO Tandem Mooring Simulator Course
  • Full Mission Simulation Consultancy Research
  • GMDSS General Operating Certificate (GOC)
  • GMDSS Restricted Operating Certificate (ROC)
  • GMDSS Short Range Certificate (VHF Marine Band)
  • Handling Large Ships in Ports Simulator Course
  • Human Element Leadership & Management (Management Level) HELM M
  • Human Element Leadership & Management (Operation Level)
  • Human Element Leadership & Management (Operational Level) HELM O
  • Marine Transfer Training
  • Maritime Pilot Simulator Course (Basic)
  • Master (200GT) Oral Preparation Course
  • Master (Yachts) – Navigation, Radar and ARPA Simulator
  • Master Unlimited STCW Reg 11/2 Oral Exam Prep course
  • MCA Advanced Engine Course (AEC 1)
  • MCA Small Workboat Stability Course
  • Medical Care Aboard Ship
  • Medical Care Aboard Ship Refresher
  • Medical First Aid Aboard Ship
  • NAEST Operational (Navigation Aids & Equipment Simulator Training)
  • Officer of the Watch (Yachts) – Navigation & Radar
  • Officer of the Watch Reg II/1 Unlimited (HNC in Nautical Science)
  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities (PSSR)
  • Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
  • Personal Survival Techniques (PST) Update
  • Pilot Transfer Training
  • Ship-to-Ship Transfer Simulator Course (Basic)
  • Shipboard Safety Officer
  • Single Buoy Mooring Simulator Course
  • Specialist Tanker Training (Oil)
  • STCW Proficiency for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties
  • STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness
  • STCW Ship Security Officer
  • Tanker Familiarisation