MCA Engineering Knowledge (Motor Propulsion) Management Level

About this course

In order to meet STCW 2010, the MCA has made external changes to the engineer academic structure, meaning the chief and second engineer course and exams will cease to exist from 1 January 2017.

The replacement is the MCA Engineering Knowledge (Motor Propulsion) Management Level course and engineering (EK) exams, which is open to anyone holding a valid engineer officer of the watch certificate.

Warsash Maritime Academy offers a programme leading to STCW 2010 Management Level III/2 certification by an engineering knowledge (EK) exam route for motor propulsion only. The course consists of a 10 week study programme followed by external exams conducted by the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) on behalf of the MCA.

All candidates must possess a minimum of a valid MCA EOOW III/1 certificate (or equivalent) and meet the requirements of MSN 1957 (as amended) to enrol on the course.

Note: to be issued with a management certificate of competency, candidates are required to undertake an MCA oral exam at either second or chief engineer level. Candidates must arrange their own oral exam dates.

For candidates requiring a UK study visa, Solent University may require further evidence of eligibility in order to meet Home Office requirements.

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Summary course information

Course start dates

11 September 2018
8 January 2018
30 April 2018

Please contact the admissions team for availability.

How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5015

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Course information

Training towards

Progression towards second and chief engineer unlimited.




Students must sit an SQA written exam and take an MCA oral exam.

Teaching methods

Teaching is classroom based.


Valid certificate of competency or MCA Notice of Eligibility.