Advice and Enrolment Events

Open Night Marine pre-cadet

Are you looking for a challenging career in a dynamic and exciting environment where no two days are ever the same? If the answer is yes, then a career at sea could be for you. And if you are looking for the best - then that's us. We are one of four colleges in the UK to be awarded the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the highest university or college award, demonstrating our commitment in supporting each and every student to excel and succeed. 

When it comes to starting your maritime journey, we offer a one one-year introductory pre-cadet college programme in deck or engineering which will prepare you for the next steps in your maritime career. It can also lead to great progression opportunities for those eventually seeking funded sponsorship with shipping companies. 

The best way to find out everything you need to know about what we do and how we do it is at one of our advice and enrolment events. You’ll chat to our maritime experts, discuss career options with our dedicated careers advisors, have a tour of the facilities and get the information you need to make the right choice for you.

Our next event is virtual via our LiveChat platform, so you can still find out everything you need to know from the comfort of your own home. LiveChat is simple.  Register your attendance here, then at the open night you simply head to the LiveChat box at the bottom right-hand corner of the website and our advisors will handle the rest for you. 


Virtual Advice and Enrolment Events


Attend a LiveChat session - no appointment needed! 

Thinking about a career at sea? Studying at South Shields Marine School will certainly give you the platform to start a flourishing maritime career. You can get sorted now and enrol either ONLINE or ONSITE. 

We have recently been awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2019, and with our close partnerships with some of the world’s largest shipping companies, we are proud that many of our students successfully secure paid sponsorship opportunities globally whilst completing their studies with us.

Based at our state-of-the-art facilities, we offer a wide range of maritime courses, meaning our students learn the necessary academic, technical and safety skills to succeed.

To learn more, join us for our virtual open events via our LiveChat portal. Our dedicated student advisors will be available to talk you through your options and advise which maritime qualification may be best for you. 

You will have the opportunity to talk to our experienced marine teaching staff who will be on hand to tell you about the endless maritime career opportunities.

How do I attend?

  1. Visit between 10am-4pm and click on our LiveChat button in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  2. You can access this service via your laptop, phone or tablet – from the comfort of your own home.
  3. If you already know what you want to study, you can apply online now by browsing our courses here.

Don’t miss out on exploring an education with an award-winning maritime training provider!




Are you aged 16+ and leaving school this summer? An exciting opportunity awaits!

Discover your route into the Merchant Navy at South Shields Marine School’s by applying for our pre-cadetship programme. 

All you have to do is visit our website and click the LiveChat portal then you will be transferred instantly to our maritime experts. After all your questions have been answered, you can then apply online! 

Our pre-cadet programme is an introductory one-year training course which will teach you the skills to get a head start in the maritime industry and we are confident that there is no better way than South Shields Marine School to set yourself up for a successful career at sea. It can also lead to full-time sponsorship from a shipping company.