Maritime Skills (SfW) SCQF level 5

What is special about this course?

This 5 unit Maritime Skills course combines practical and theory based activity including small-boat based activities on the water using the College RIB. It is an introduction into the Maritime Industry and has been designed to provide students with opportunities to develop general skills needed to work in the maritime sector

Entry requirements

While no previous experience or qualifications are necessary access to the award is at the discretion of the College. Students would be expected to have a keen interest in the maritime industry and will be required to attend an interview. Due to the water-based activity it is essential that prospective students understand and adhere to all safety instructions given during this course.

Students will be introduced to the operation of boats and their equipment in the unit Seamanship: an Introduction including the following practical activity:-

  • Boat handling,

  • the use of ropes, wires and chains

  • effective anchoring, mooring and the securing of a vessel


An introduction is given to marine navigation where candidates learn how to:-

  • use a marine chart

  • plot the position of a vessel using standard marine instruments

  • how to take account of the weather for all marine activity.


The safety aspects of any job in the maritime sector are tackled in the Unit Health and Safety in the Maritime Sector. Safe working practices on board ship, the life saving principles, basic first aid and basic fire safety are considered. 

Students will be required to enter the water safely wearing life jackets (done in the swimming pool!).

Through the  Small Boat Engineering unit students also study and carry out the basic engineering involved with small boats such as routine care and maintenance of the engines and auxiliaries and pumping and steering mechanism.


The College will provide access to the College RIB, specialist equipment, ropes, outboard engines and other associated equipment.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

Learning and teaching will include lectures, individual and group work reinforced by hand-outs and worksheets. Practical work is essential and should underpin theoretical work in addition to developing practical skills. Chartwork, knots and ropework, and weather theory work done in classroom are then implemented through the practical work.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Argyll College UHI

Start date

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What can I do on completion of my course?

The Maritime Skills (SCQF level 5) Course has been designed to provide candidates with opportunities to develop generic employability skills in the context of the maritime sector.  This sector includes commercial sea fishing, the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, Maritime Search and Rescue, marine leisure, ports and harbours. The Course will allow candidates to start to develop the general and practical skills, knowledge and understanding and employability skills needed to work in the sector

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College 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.