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Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme

The Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme trains deck (navigation) and engineer officers for the merchant navy. As a cadet you will spend part of your time studying with us and part working at sea as a trainee on board ships. You will be employed by a shipping company which will pay you a training allowance (and pay all your fees and expenses) throughout your training. 

The professional and academic qualifications that you gain as a cadet will enable you to work as a junior deck or engineer officer on ships anywhere in the world or progress to further study. 

Applications for 2022 now open

We are currently recruiting for our 2022 classes. Places are available on:

-Deck Cadet Programme starting September 2022

-Engineering Cadet Programme starting September 2022

Apply now using the Cadet Application form: QF20 Cadet Application Form 2022

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Cadet Access Course

We are running a 12-week Cadet Access Course, starting on the 2nd May 2022, which is aimed at those potential cadets who do not have the minimum entry requirements for the cadetship. These are 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. 

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. 

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When I was 12 years old I wrote a
school report about the Panama Canal.

As an Engineer Officer Cadet I got
to sail through it for real.

Here is a film I made of my incredible experience:

James Black

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