The future for Warsash Maritime Academy

Southampton Solent University's maritime strategy has reached an exciting new phase, starting with the relocation of officer cadet provision to new premises in Southampton city centre from September 2017.

The University's new maritime centre for the tuition of first certification of officer cadets will be located in a dedicated building at St Mary's campus, within the grounds of City College.

The move forms part of Solent's ambitious plans to bring its professional and higher level maritime education programmes from the Warsash campus to the city centre by 2018.

Teaching for the fire school, maritime safety and offshore, first aid and medical, and seamanship courses will remain at the waterside, lower site of the Warsash campus, with investment plans for new and improved facilities.

The University remains committed to investing in high quality maritime education and training and will continue to build upon the heritage associated with Warsash Maritime Academy in the new premises.

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Find out how works for the relocation project are progressing

Officer cadets

St Mary's campus exterior

Move to St Mary's campus

The University is investing £6m in the renovation of the new premises at St Mary's campus. From September 2017, the new maritime centre of excellence will provide a distinct modern teaching environment exclusively for seafarers studying for their first Certificate of Competency.

St Mary's campus interiorGround floor

  • Dedicated reception and administration area.
  • Engineering workshop (including welding area, electrical and control laboratories).

First floor

  • Teaching rooms, including two IT rooms.
  • Social break-out area and informal learning space.
  • Private study space facilities.

St Mary's campus interiorSecond floor

  • Teaching rooms.
  • ECDIS suite and METO simulator suite.
  • Staff offices.
  • Chart rooms.




Download detailed floorplans of the St Mary's campus

City centre location

Locations in Southampton city centre

St Mary's campus is just a 10-minute walk from the main University campus at East Park Terrace, meaning officer cadets can take full advantage of all the facilities on offer there, including:

  • 24-hour library
  • Learning resource centre
  • Sports facilities
  • Student Union events
  • Wide range of food outlets and cafés.

Additionally, cadets can use the City College canteen facilities, which serve breakfast, lunch and refreshments, with indoor and outdoor seating.

The location also puts cadets within easy reach of excellent access to rail and bus transport links and the full range of Southampton city centre's amenities.

Cadet accommodation

Cadets at Warsash Maritime Academy will have use of the University's David Moxon and Emily Davies student residences. Both residences are located in Southampton city centre and are a short walk from the St Mary's campus, and the University's main East Park Terrace campus.

David Moxon student residenceThe David Moxon student residence offers:

  • A total of 117 single-study en-suite bedrooms
  • Self-catered, fully equipped shared kitchen-diners
  • Communal area with wi-fi access, Sky TV and DVD player
  • Vending machines for drinks and confectionery
  • Laundry room with washing, drying and ironing facilities
  • Secure bicycle storage
  • All study-bedrooms fitted with fixed network and wi-fi access
  • Electronic access control, and residence team available 24/7
  • Close proximity to shops and convenience stores.


Emily Davies student residenceThe Emily Davies student residence offers:

  • Flat configuration containing three or four study-bedrooms of varying size.
  • A choice of individual or shared study-bedrooms.
  • Individual toilet and shower facilities in each flat.
  • Kitchen in each flat equipped with storage area, fridge/freezers, electric hobs, conventional and microwave ovens, kettle and vacuum cleaner.
  • Combined laundry and common room with Sky TV, DVD player, card operated washing machines and tumble dryers and facilities for ironing.
  • Bicycle storage points and parking for 26 cars.
  • All study-bedrooms are fitted with WiFi access.
  • Designated quieter areas available.

Senior officers, yacht certification, and simulation training

Location of RM building at East Park Terrace campusThe teaching provision for Merchant Navy senior officers, commercial yacht certification, bridge, engine and liquid cargo operations simulation courses will remain at the Warsash campus until transition to the East Park Terrace campus from 2018.

For these courses, the University is embarking on a refurbishment programme of the Reginald Mitchell building at its East Park Terrace campus (shown in the image, left). This will include classrooms, labs, workshops and the simulator suite, and is only a ten minute walk from the new building at St Mary's campus.


Warsash lower site development

Warsash lower siteTuition for fire fighting, maritime safety and offshore, medical, and seamanship certification will remain at Warsash lower site, with plans for development (subject to planning permissions and funding), including:

  • Reception facility and administration hub
  • Indoor pool and offshore survival training facility
  • Maritime and medical building
  • Redevelopment of fire school.



Location of course provision from September 2017

Transfer to City College campus from September 2017

  • All cadet provision including
    • Deck foundation degree and HND
    • Engineer foundation degree and HND
    • METO foundation degree
  • Deck OOW HNC for experienced seafarers
  • Deck HNC for superyacht crew
  • Marine engineer OOW course (predominantly workshops, but with some IAMI exam prep) for experienced seafarers.

Transfer to East Park Terrace campus from September 2017

  • BSc (Hons) Marine Operations Management Top-up

Remain at Warsash campus and transition to East Park Terrace campus in 2018

  • Master/Chief Mate two-term HND top-up
  • Chief Mate post HND and post foundation degree
  • Master's orals
  • Chief/Second Engineer courses
  • Commercial yacht (limited) certification, ie, OOW/Master less than 3,000GT courses for deck, and Chief Engineer Y4-Y2 courses, with the exception of the Y4 Engineering Skills Test and Approved Engine Course (Yachts) courses, both of which are workshop based (and will be delivered at the St Mary's campus)
  • BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering Management Top-up
  • Management and leadership courses, eg, HELM
  • Petrochemical and tanker courses, including liquid cargo operations training
  • Radio communications courses (ROC and GOC)
  • Bridge simulation and related courses (eg, ECDIS), although one of the current TRANSAS suites will move to the St Mary's campus
  • Engine room simulation courses, including high voltage.

Remain at Warsash campus (lower site)

  • Fire fighting courses
  • Maritime safety and offshore courses
  • First aid and medical
  • Seamanship (eg, efficient deck hand)