Shipping and Maritime Operations SCQF 6 (Mallaig) NC

What is special about this course?

This course is designed to allow entrance to several different industries within the maritime sector. 
You'll be given the grounding to enable you to progress to further qualifications which form part of deck and engineer officer training programmes in the Merchant Navy or, alternatively, to follow a career in shore based maritime operations. 

These options could include aquaculture, logistics and a range of modern apprenticeships including harbour operations, deck rating and aquaculture. 

RYA Certification studied during the course:

  • RYA Day Skipper Theory
  • RYA Intermediate or Advanced Powerboat

The level the student undertakes will be determined by the course and RYA tutors based on experience and performance.

You will also have the advantage of being taught by a master mariner and have the use of our own vessel, the Levanto, for practical aspects of your course. 

During your course, we introduce you to using a range of digital technologies, which will help you get the most from your course and at the same time develop your digital skills.  Find out more about key computing skills and essential student skills.

Entry requirements

There are several routes to gain entry to the course:

  • Successful completion of the NQ in Maritime and Aquaculture Skills
  • Have Nat 5 in Maths and one science subject and an interest in working in the maritime sector
  • Be considering a career change or progression  into the maritime sector and have suitable experience or any combination of relevant Highers and HNC/HND or Degree qualifications

We’ll be inviting you by email to attend course information sessions between now and the start of your course. We’d urge you to come along if at all possible.

  • Computing Office and Personal Productivity Applications
  • Communication - Level 6
  • Shipboard Operations  - An introduction
  • Maritime Industry - An introduction
  • Transverse Stability of Ships - An introduction
  • Naval Architecture - An introduction
  • Mathematics for the Maritime Industry - Engineering Officer
  • Mathematics for the Martime Industry - Deck Officer
  • Nautical Science - An Introduction
  • Chartwork and Tides - An introduction
  • Bridge Operations - An introduction
  • Safety and Security of a Vessel whilst in a Port Environment
  • Marine Mechanics - An introduction
  • Marine Engineering Practice - An introduction

More than just your subject

Imagine coming out of college with your subject qualification PLUS a portfolio of skills endorsed by employers. That’s exactly what you will get with us. Our skills+ portfolio is part of your full-time course. You will develop skills in digital literacy, entrepreneurship, metaskills, work-readiness, net-zero, wellbeing, and the skills you need for your future aspirations. Our skills+ portfolio becomes your portfolio to take away with you. Whilst studying your subject you will build your skills+ portfolio and gain confidence and resilience along the way.


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 Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone and camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You normally need to commit to 18 hours per week (2-3 days: Mon/Tue/Wed) of blended learning time consisting of timetabled learning and personal study.

For the practical elements of your course, some of your timetabled learning will take place in and around our Mallaig College Centre. 

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Mallaig

Start date

Late August


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


Students may qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Pathway 1: Cadetship, this course provides a pathway into engineering and deck officer positions after three more years of study. 

Pathway 2: Modern apprenticeship with a suitable ferry or merchant navy shipping company. Apprenticeships are available in retail, hospitality, Engineering, Deck and Harbour Operations

Pathways 3:  Aquaculture entering the sector at farm technician, senior farm technician or boat crew.

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