Nautical Science at Blackpool and the Fylde College - UCAS

Course summary

The BSc (Hons) in Nautical Science is part of a suite of degree programmes, awarded by Blackpool and The Fylde College for the maritime industry, that will provide you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for a career in commercial shipping. Approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), this three-year programme combines academic education with vocational training and 12 months’ industrial placement on board ships, leading to the award of Officer of the Watch (OOW) Certificate of Competency (CoC). Regarded as one of the UK’s top maritime education and training providers, Fleetwood Nautical Campus (FNC) has strong industry partnerships, which could open the door to excellent employment opportunities. Many of our students come with sponsors to facilitate their sea time to obtain their OOW CoC. This programme is aligned to support your progression through knowledge acquisition at both the operational level and managerial level, as directed by the Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) 1978, as amended, in addition to wider skills sought by industry. This is achieved by meeting the requirements of the MCA and following a Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) approved training programme. In addition to this programme providing a full accelerated honours degree, most students on the programme will also undertake a cadet training programme that runs alongside the academic award. You will cover topics such as STCW basic training in vocational areas such as first aid, fire fighting and survival at sea, alongside courses such as enclosed space rescue. Programme Structure The programme is delivered across 150 weeks (3 years) and broken down into five phases: phases 1, 3 and 5 will be delivered at college whilst phases 2 and 4 will be spent obtaining industrial experience. By the end of the sea phase window, students wishing to achieve a Certificate of Competency should have had the opportunity to complete the MCA sea time requirement of 12 months. This will be provided by sponsorship of a shipping company, however, other maritime related industries may meet the requirements of the programme. If you intend to utilise this programme for achieving the CoC, then you must have a sponsorship in place prior to enrolling onto the programme. Further information can be found on the FNC website at


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Assessment method

Assessment will take place in a variety of ways. Some modules, due to industry requirements, will require you to complete a timed examination. Other methods of assessment will include the writing of an assignment on a given topic or case study relevant to the maritime industry. Assessment will also take place in the Practical Workshop and Engine Room Simulator. Working with your peers you will be required to carry out operations in a shipboard environment and in sometimes stressful situations. Your reflection of the activity will enable you to draw conclusions on how the exercise went and any changes you would make in the future. This will provide valuable experience in working in an environment very close to that onboard a typical vessel and allow you to apply the lessons learnt during your sea phase developments.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you hold other qualifications that are equivalent to the above, the programme team will review evidence supplied by applicants regarding their ability to undertake the programme. The award of credits via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be assessed on an individual basis. We will also consider your application if you have a Level 3 Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations with a letter of recommendation, usually from your sponsor or Level 3 programme leader, on your aptitude for studying at degree level. In all cases of alternate qualifications, please email us at [email protected] with details of the qualifications you hold and our programme team will review and come back to you.

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Additional entry requirements


These programmes form part of a Merchant Navy cadetship so to undertake one of these programmes, you will need to apply to a shipping or training company and obtain sponsorship. The companies cover the cost of your programme and related training courses, your uniform and pay you an allowance (how much varies slightly by company). You can find out more about how to apply to a company on the Careers at Sea website, where you can also find a list of sponsoring companies. You will need to pass an industry-standard medical examination (ENG1) in order to complete a placement at sea; it is strongly advised that you complete this prior to enrolment on the programme.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 5.5 in each of the four components or equivalent is required. This must have been achieved within the two years prior to applying for the programme.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7250 Year 1
Scotland £7250 Year 1
Wales £7250 Year 1
International £8250 Year 1

Additional fee information

B&FC provide access to key reading materials and other resources as a part of the programme costs. You are expected to provide stationery as well as a scientific calculator. You are strongly advised to have a laptop or equivalent device that you can bring to college as part of your studies as many classes will incorporate technology throughout the learning process. There are limited quantities of laptops available for short-term loan from the LRC if you are not in position to bring your own device to college. Incorporated within the programme are a number of short courses. Uniform and general personal protective equipment, such as safety shoes and boiler suits are required for some of the associated short courses. Sponsors also typically fund all associated short courses that form part of your eligibility for your Certificate of Competency. If you require MCA Final attempts, these bear a fee that might or might not be borne by your sponsor.
Nautical Science at Blackpool and the Fylde College - UCAS