Overview top

This is a two week programme covering all the topics on the OOW orals syllabus - (MIN653 - Amendment 1). Please refer to the MCA website for up-to-date information: Maritime and Coastguard Agency - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

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This course is specifically designed to cover the OOW orals syllabus and each lecture is taught by a subject specific lecturer who will utilise our world class facilities and resources to their fullest extent.  You will also spend half a day at our Marine Offshore Safety Training Centre. 

We have an excellent link with our local MCA exam office and examiners and our pass rates are excellent.

To view our world-class facilities, click on our virtual tour here: 

Entry Requirements top

It is recommended that candidates for the oral preparation course have complete the academic underpinning knowledge for OOW.

For an OOW CoC candidates will also need to meet the following:

The MCA regulations require a candidate:

  • To be not less than 19 years of age
  • To have at least 36 months of qualifying sea service in an acceptable deck capacity with testimonials which show that at least 6 months have been spent on bridge duties.
  • To have discharge book entries verifying sea service.

A candidate who does not have a discharge book will need to obtain documentation from their shipping company verifying their sea service. 

It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that all entry requirements for the course and the issue of a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) by the MCA are met prior to attending the course.

For sea time assessment, a candidate may log onto the MCA's website https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/maritime-and-coastguard-agency

Assessment top

The MCA oral examination is conducted via Microsoft Teams by MCA examiners. 

Professional Opportunities top

With further sea service and experience, candidates can progress onto further certification, including Chief Mates (Unlimited) Advanced Diploma in Nautical Science. 

Further Information top

To apply for this course e-mail nadmin@tynecoast.ac.uk for more information and an application form.

For UK students a £500 deposit is required and a deposit of £1000 for Non-UK students to reserve your place on the course (subject to availability).  For overseas students full payment will be required before a CAS (if required for this course) will be issued.

Any fees paid by Bankers Draft should be made payable to Tyne Coast College.

Accommodation is available in the college at Dr Winterbottom Hall or in private lodgings. For full details, please refer to the separate information page or contact Dr Winterbottom Hall directly. Please telephone: +44 (0)191 427 3666 or email DWH@tynecoast.ac.uk for more information. 




Dates & Fees

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