Deck Cadet - Higher National Diploma Programme

About this course

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

The scheme consists of five phases (usually over three and a half 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 the Academy, designed to prepare new entrants for study at HND level.
  • Academic education at the Academy to attain the HND in Nautical Science and the Underpinning Knowledge (UPK) requirements for the MCA/SQA written examinations.
  • Practical training aboard ship, including completion of an MNTB Training Record Book. This enables candidates to develop the professional competency needed for initial certification by the UK’s MCA.
  • In addition to the academic studies, the MCA requires officer cadets to take a number of safety and survival courses during their cadetship.

Student testimonial

"Studying at Warsash Maritime Academy has been a pleasure – their professionalism, working atmosphere and facilities are unbeatable. I won’t consider going anywhere else for my chief mates/masters tickets."

Joseph Charalambous, deck officer cadet

Course delivery location

From September 2017, the classroom teaching for this course will be delivered from Solent University's St Mary's campus, located in Southampton city centre. All mandatory STCW maritime safety training courses will continue to be delivered from the Warsash campus.

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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




Sponsorship from a shipping company to gain sea service.

Holds minimum academic entry qualifications of four GCSEs, grade C or above, including Maths, English and Physical Science.

A valid personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA.

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