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Certificate in Nautical Science / OOW Unlimited (STCW II/I)

Duration: 10 Months – intakes are in January, May and September each year


  • Experienced seafarer route - 36 months seatime with seagoing 6 months engaged in bridge watchkeeping duties
  • Medical fitness Certificate (ENG1 or equivalent) including eyesight requirements
  • International Applicants should hold a UKVI approved English Language Qualification (equivalent to IELTS 5.5 average)

Accreditation/Approval: Merchant Navy Training Board, Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Course description: The program consists of Academic Modules and Additional Components.

The academic components (approved by MCA) include the following topics: 

  • Bridge Watchkeeping
  • Chart-work and Tides 
  • Maritime Management and Law
  • Meteorology
  • Passage Planning
  • Practical Navigation
  • Shipboard Operations
  • Ship Construction
  • Ship Stability 

To obtain a STCW Officer of the Watch certificate students require additional short courses and an SQA examination. These are integrated into this programme of study and include:

  • External SQA examinations for Navigation and Stability & Operations 
  • MCA Oral examination preparation
  • MCA Signals examination
  • The mandatory short courses scheduled into the course are:
  1. NAEST (O)
  2. HELM (O)
  3. Efficient Deck Hand

Additional mandatory courses not normally scheduled into the programme are:

  1. PSCRB
  3. HELM (O)
  4. Medical First Aid
  5. Advanced Fire Fighting

Students are normally advised to get these course certificates in advance of starting their programme. All except PSCRB are available in Liverpool.

After successful completion of the programme you will be awarded the following qualifications:

  1. Cert HE in Nautical Science – issued by LJMU
  2. Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency (STCW Reg II/I) obtainable directly from the MCA after completion of all pre-requisite courses and MCA oral exam.
  3. STCW Certificates for short courses attended

For further information or application for admission to this programme, please contact:

Admissions Team, Faculty of Engineering and Technology
Room 210, James Parsons Building
Byrom Street
L3 3AF