Entry Requirements

Depending on which route you are interested in will depend on the grades/qualifications you will needed to have gained.


If you are interested in completing a Deck (Navigation), Engineering or Electro Technical Cadetship and you will be 16+ at the commencement of the course then your academic qualifications will determine the routes that will be open to you.

HND in Marine Operations (Deck) or Marine Engineering

This route would be suited to candidates who have or will expect to have 5 GCSE’s or Scottish Standard Awards – (grades A*-C or 1-3), which must include Mathematics, English and a Dual Award Science.

Foundation Degree in Marine Operations, Marine Engineering or Marine Electrical/Electronic Engineering

Suitable for candidates who possess the above criteria, but who will also have or expect to attain a minimum of 120 UCAS points through A Levels or their equivalents, preferably in Mathematics or Physics.

Engineering Specialised Route (Fast Track)

For those applicants whom have recently passed a BSc Marine Engineering / Electrical Engineering based degree, BEng or industry based apprenticeship, and who display a mature outlook on life, we are able to offer a fast track system. Eligibility for this type of route will also be determined by the MCA’s provision of a “Letter of Assessment”, defining the exact make-up of their training.


You will need to be in possession of a valid Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) approved medical certificate, known as an ENG 1. This would normally be organised after a successful interview, but for an overview of the required medical standards then click here.


To qualify for sponsorship you must be a passport holder of an EEA state and be ordinarily resident within the UK, as defined by the governing regulations surrounding the provision of grants for the training of officer cadets for the British Merchant Navy.


Candidates are invited to apply for either the September or January intake throughout the year and if successful following the interview stage , will commence training at one of the leading maritime colleges within the UK.

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  • For more information and guidance on a Officer Trainee programme, please see the Careers At Sea website and the individual sponsor's websites for their entry criteria for each course.