Overview top

This programme is designed to provide the experienced, qualified Marine Officer a qualification of suitable standing to enhance their employment potential within the marine sector, in particular shore based, management level roles. 

The course consists of 6 units, each unit is classed as a 20 credit unit giving the candidate the 120 credits needed for a BSc(Hons) Degree. The units are Shipping law, Operations Management, Human Resource management, Ship Survey & Inspection, Shipping Economics and trade, undergraduate dissertation.

Entry Requirements top

The BSc (Hons) course is designed to allow students with a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma in Nautical Science, or a Master or Class 1 (Deck) Certificate of Competency, or equivalent to convert it. *

Where an applicant’s first language is not English they will be required to demonstrate evidence of achievement of 6 overall in the International English Language Testing Scheme (IELTS) with all element scores at 5.5 or higher.

*Students may be permitted to enter with advanced standing by Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or through an approved articulation or progression route.

It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that all entry requirements for the course are met prior to attending the course. 

Assessment top

Assessment is by closed book assessments or assignments plus a 6000 word dissertation.

Further Information top

BSc (Hons) Marine Operations. The BSc would be awarded after 1 year (2 semesters) of study and would be equivalent to 120 credits at level V1. 60 credits in semester 1 to gain a BSc. For BSc (Hons) the remaining 60 credits would be obtained by a further semester of study.

The South Shields Marine School team in the Deck Officer Certification School are busy making preparations for the start of your programme in September/October 2020.

Covid-19 has challenged the delivery of professional programmes, but here at South Shields Marine School we have developed our professional standards for academic delivery with an effective approach to your programme of study which includes safe face-to-face teaching. This involves careful timetabling to dedicate each group (bubble) to a single classroom to prevent excessive movement and contact with others. Hand sanitiser and face coverings (masks) will be provided. Start times, coffee breaks, lunch and end times will be staggered as far as possible. Classroom windows will be open to increase fresh air flow.

Should there be a re-introduction of restrictions by the Government then we are also prepared to continue to deliver your programmes remotely.

The Curriculum Leaders remain active and will be meeting you during the first week to say hello, along with all of the lecturing team who will guide your learning and help with your assessments.  

In the coming months before commencing your studies please contact the marine administration office if we can offer any further guidance before joining us:

Marine admin office details contact email / telephone number:


Sam Morgan or Lucy Howlett for deck cadet enquiries:


t: 0191 427 3930



t: 0191 427 3695


Fiona Thomson or Natalie Todd for OOW or Chief Mate enquiries:

e: nautical.studies@stc.ac.uk

t: 0191 427 3592/3616

Dates & Fees

Contact us for current course dates and fees.