Cadet Access Course SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

The Cadet Access Course is aimed at students wishing to pursue a career as an officer in the Merchant Navy but do not hold the required qualifications (a minimum of four National 5s (or GCSE or Standard Grade passes at Grade C/3 or above), including English, Mathematics and a Science based subject) for the Merchant Navy Training Board Approved Merchant Navy Cadet Programme.

Entry requirements

Entry requirement at National 4 in Maths, English and a science

It is structured to develop the student’s communication and mathematical skills while they are introduced to the various aspects of a seafarer’s work. Topics such as vessel construction and stability will be studied along with ropework, navigational watchkeeping, basic vessel engineering systems along with a few others and successful candidates will be awarded a NPA in Maritime Studies at SCQF level 5.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Intention is Face-to-face and practical sessions but depending on COVID restrictions there may be some online classes

How long will my course last?

12 Week

You will attend college 5 days a week for 12 weeks from the 2nd of May.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

2nd May 2022


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


Students will need to supply their own boilersuit and safety boots for the practical modules within the course.

Additional costs

Find information on funding here:

What can I do on completion of my course?

Progress on to the MNTB Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme

Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Shetland. UHI Shetland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.