Overview top

From 1st January 2017 the Second Engineer and Chief Engineer academic examinations will be combined to form Management Level III/2 academic examinations for each subject.

South Shields Marine School offers courses for seafaring marine engineers at Management Level III/2 to cover the following examinable academic subject areas:

Term 1

  • Mathematics,

  • Engineering, Systems and Ship Drawing,

  • Electro Technology and

  • Naval Architecture.

Term 2

  • Applied Mechanics and

  • Applied Heat.

In addition the following examinable Professional Subjects are also required:

Term 3

  • Engineering Knowledge General and
  • Engineering Knowledge Motor or
  • Engineering Knowledge Steam


Further Details and Professional Subjects/Engineering Knowledge Course Dates and Fees can be found on page http://www.stc.ac.uk/marine-school/course/certificate-competency-management-level-iii2-engineering-knowledge-only

Programmed courses are arranged to cover the Academic subjects in Term 1 and Term 2 of 11 weeks duration and Professional subjects in Term 3 of 6 weeks duration.

Combinations will depend upon timetabling feasibility. If your work schedule does not allow you to study for a 6 week or 11 week programme, you can attend the College during periods when you are on leave. It may be possible to gain the knowledge required for the examinations by attending part programmes throughout the academic year.


Entry Requirements top

To study this course, you must have:


EOOW (III/1) or equivalent Certificate of Competency


Second Engineer (III/2) or equivalent Certificate of Competency


The necessary sea service to apply for a Notice of Eligibility for either Second or Chief Engineer.

Full details can be found in sections 3.5 and 3.6 of MCA document MSN1857(M+F) available from the MCA website.

Assessment top

The current method of assessment is by external examination prepared by SQA on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

Single subject certificates are issued for passes in the academic subjects and for a combination of professional subject passes ie General/Motor and/or Steam.

Upon passing the required assessment and an MCA Oral Examination* the candidate will be awarded the Certificate of Competency. Written examination papers are of three hours duration.

* Please note: All candidates must be in possession of an MCA Notice of Eligibility to apply for an oral examination and undertake the SQA Examinations.

Further Information top

Examples of past examination papers and additional related information can be found in the Downloads section below

Full details can be found in sections 7.2.2 of MCA document MSN1857(M+F) available from the MCA website.

Dates & Fees

Contact us for current course dates and fees.