HNC Nautical Science (blended learning) - SQA (SCQF Level 7)

This blended learning course is suitable for deck ratings who wish to work towards the Officer of the Watch (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency.


North East Scotland College, Scotland
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This course is available on the North East Scotland College website.


Why take this course?

Successful completion will lead to the award of an Officer of the Watch (OOW) (Unlimited) Certificate of Competency when taken in conjunction with the required STCW short courses, SQA written and oral exams.

This programme is ideal for those who are working at sea on four weeks on/off or similar pattern. This course is a mixture of self-study and attendance at the Academy allowing you to achieve a HNC without lengthy periods of study leave from employment.

To apply for this course (on a unit by unit basis) please contact us.

What you will experience

This programme consists of the following units. It is recommended that each unit is undertaken one at a time.

  • Celestial Navigation
  • Marine Meteorology
  • Bridge Watchkeeping
  • Navigational Mathematics and Science
  • Ship Construction
  • Chart work and Tides
  • Ship Stability
  • Marine Cargo Ops
  • Emergency Response and Communications
  • Marine Law and Management and Nautical Science Graded Unit 1

About North East Scotland College

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North East Scotland College is the single largest provider of vocational education and training in the North East of Scotland.

We have a course to suit everyone; whether you’re fresh out of school, currently working, returning to education or simply want to try something new – whatever your educational or occupational background, an opportunity awaits at NESCol.

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