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Pre-Cadetship/Apprenticeship Programme

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Level 2 Pre-Cadetship/Apprenticeship in Shipping & Maritime Operations
Code Maritime1
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 2
Course type Full Time


The programme includes coverage of deck, bridge and engineering skills to provide a broad base for students seeking to join the maritime industry in a shipboard role, but is also suitable for those students who are unsure of their final destination or intended career. The programme is suitable for those students who have never studied Nautical Sciences before and are looking to take their first steps into the industry, as well as those who already have some prior knowledge and experience. The college is open to all genders and students benefit from our extensive connections within the maritime industry.

A blended learning pathway comprising of classroom and practical elements covering seamanship skills, industry certification alongside Level 2/3 Engineering. Successful completion of this course prepares students for either direct entry into crew positions, or with strong enough results to enter onto an officer cadetship programme.

This course has a duration of 1 year.


The course is a combination of formal academic qualifications, industry qualifications and sea-time experience.

How will it be delivered?

The course is delivered through a combination of academic, practical and work related experiences.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are a minimum of:

  • Grade 4 - English
  • Grade 4 - Maths
  • Grade 4 - Science

Your next steps...

For students continuing in the maritime industry progression would be to:

  • Level 3 Pre-Cadetship in Shipping & Maritime Operations
  • Employment
  • Sponsored Officer Cadetship at one of the major Nautical College




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