Pre-cadetship in Engineering (Marine)
This programme is intended for those eventually seeking an engineering cadetship with a sponsoring company but who have yet to be successful in securing a place. The programme will provide the knowledge and competencies required to be successful in securing a full cadetship. Learners will develop the variety of skills through visits, classroom learning and practical sessions. Learners will be encouraged to grow fully as individuals and develop excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
The course offers two entry levels - Level 2 and Level 3:
- Working Safely and Effectively in Engineering
- Interpreting and Using Engineering Information
- Mathematics for Engineering Technicians Level 2
- Applied Electrical and Mechanical Science for Engineering
- Operation and Maintenance of Mechanical Systems and Components
- Operation and Maintenance of Electronic Systems and Components
- Mathematics for Engineering Technicians Level 3
- Operation and Maintenance of Fluid Power Systems and Components
A variety of visits with a maritime theme are also planned, along with the opportunity to undertake STCW safety courses – a valuable asset when applying for cadetships. Assessment may include written assessments, exams and practical work.
For further information on the course please download the Pre-cadetship Mini Guide.
1 year full-time.
- Level 2, C-D grades at GCSE (Maths, English and a Science)
- Level 3, A-B grades at GCSE (Maths, English and a Science)
On successful completion learners will have gained nationally recognised qualifications and competencies. Learners will be able to progress onto the Foundation Degree in Marine Engineering or the Foundation Degree in Marine Electrical / Electronics, aimed at helping students gain a full cadetship with a sponsoring company. Learners will be expected to obtain their sponsor, although the College will provide learners with the support and guidance throughout this process.
Means tested financial help is available for those who live outside of the area to help towards the cost of living in halls. This help is available to those who live more than fifteen miles away or have a two hour round trip to get here. For more information visit - click here.
“The Merchant Navy Training Board welcomes the exciting new Pre-cadet course at South Tyneside College. We recognise that this programme of study will provide an insight into the Marine Engineering Industry and develop both your interpersonal skills and improved English and Maths. For those applying for a Cadetship in the Merchant Navy the engineering and maritime experiences on this course, coupled with your academic results, will enable you to show sponsoring companies that you are serious and prepared to succeed.” Merchant Navy Training Board
“The MSA is always pleased to support new initiatives designed to attract and retain new young entrants to the maritime sector. We have identified a continuing need for additional qualified marine engineers and this new course provides a route into the sector, which has not previously existed. Whilst the prime aspiration may be to enter the merchant navy, completion of the course would open up a range of other opportunities for those interested in the engineering side. This includes apprenticeships to become qualified to work on fishing vessels, tugs and workboats or craft operating on rivers and inland waterways and limited distances to sea.” Maritime Skills Alliance
“Carnival UK (including Cunard and P&O Cruises) welcomes the development of a programme of study that will provide a possible entry route into the Merchant Navy. For those persons who have not yet obtained sponsorship, but who have a desire to embark on a career at sea as a marine engineer, this course could enhance both the academic and vocational skills required to achieve their goal. In addition, completion of this course will demonstrate a genuine commitment to a career in the maritime sector.” Carnival UK