Deck Cadet - Higher National Certificate Programme

About this course

Please note: we are not currently running this programme. Please refer to our Deck Cadet Foundation Degree programme or Deck Cadet Higher National Diploma programme.

Warsash Maritime Academy offers a full deck officer cadet programme by a Higher National Certificate (HNC) route, leading ultimately to the award of an MCA Deck Officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW’95 II/I OOW), and the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Nautical Science.

The scheme consists of five phases (usually over three years), three spent at the Academy and two at sea gaining practical experience. The training consists of four distinct but complementary elements:

  • An HE entry course at WMA, designed to prepare new entrants for study at HNC level.
  • Academic education at WMA to attain the HNC in Nautical Science and the Underpinning Knowledge (UPK) requirements for the MCA/SQA written examinations.
  • Practical training on board ship, including completion of an MNTB Training Record Book. This enables candidates to develop the professional competency needed for initial certification by the MCA.
  • In addition to the academic studies, the MCA requires officer cadets to take a number of safety and survival courses during their cadetship.

Further information

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

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5025

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

Course information




A) Sponsorship from a shipping company to gain sea service.

B) Holds the minimum academic entry qualifications:
  • Four GCSEs Grade C or above, including the following subjects: Mathematics (preferably Higher Tier), English, Science (with Physical Science content).
C) A valid personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA.

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