What is special about this course?
By combining SQA and RYA / MCA certification in this Maritime Skills course, students will receive a very comprehensive introduction to the maritime industries, plus additional internationally recognised certificates. This Course has been specifically designed to provide candidates with opportunities to develop the general and practical skills, knowledge and understanding and employability skills needed to work in the sector. Theoretical shore based studies and practical activities afloat and will give students an insight into workings of the maritime industries – which includes commercial sea fishing, the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, Maritime Search and Rescue, marine leisure / sailing, commercial sea fishing, aquaculture, ports and harbour industries
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.
The SQA National 5 Maritime Skills Course is an introduction into the Maritime Industry. It will provide students with information to this vocational area and help inform decisions on further learning paths. Successful completion of this course may lead to progression into NC Maritime Studies.
The course has the following five SQA Maritime Skills Units:-
F8L0 11 Seamanship: An Introduction
F8KV 11 Maritime Environment: An Introduction
F8KR 11 Small Boat Engineering
F8KT 11 Health and Safety in the Maritime Sector
F8KP 11 Employability Skills and Careers in the Maritime Sector,
In addition, the course will have some of the following certificates:-
RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2
RYA Essential Navigation Shore based Theory
RYA Day Skipper Shore based Theory
RYA Coastal Skipper Shore based Theory
RYA VHF Radio
There will also be elements delivered from the following:-
STCW Personal Survival,
STCW First Aid,
STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility ( or Professional Practices and Responsibilities)
How will I study my course?
- Full Time
- 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 and RYA theory work in conjunction with knots and ropework, and weather theory work done in classroom are then implemented through the practical work.
How long will my course last?
This short full time course will be delivered of a period of 20 weeks
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI
- Helensburgh Learning Centre
- Lochgilphead Learning Centre
- Oban Learning Centre
check with your local centre for start dates throughout the year
For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.
What can I do on completion of my course?
This Course provides candidates with opportunities to develop the general and practical skills, knowledge and understanding and employability skills needed to work in the sector which includes commercial sea fishing, the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, Maritime Search and Rescue, marine leisure / sailing, commercial sea fishing, aquaculture, ports and harbour industries
Is there more information available online?
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