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.

Course delivery location

This course is delivered from Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please refer to your joining instructions for information of where to report to when you arrive. 

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Getting to Solent University

Contact us

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

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.

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.

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