Are you practically-minded and interested in working at sea? Do you want a career that involves travelling the world? If so, this could be the ideal learning opportunity for you.
Our full-time Level 2 Pre-cadetship course gives you the knowledge and skills required to launch a career in the fast-moving world of commercial shipping.
Importantly, this programme will provide you with the foundation required for direct entry onto the Level 3 Pre-cadetship course, known as the Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations.
This in-turn may lead to a career in the Merchant Navy or an apprenticeship in Marine Engineering or Marine Manufacturing.
Why choose Brock for Pre-cadetship in Maritime Technologies (Engineering Pathway) Level 2?
At Brockenhurst College all our maritime students learn and train at our purpose-built marine and maritime facility at Marchwood, on the Solent, near Southampton.
This means access to industry-standard equipment, marine engines and hands-on training in a simulated work environment.
Your training will be delivered by a team of lecturers with specific professional industry experience, which they will draw upon to guide and inspire you.
You will also benefit from visits to Southampton Solent University, which provides access to more state-of-the-art equipment and even ship simulators.
Teaching & learning
The course a 50/50 split between academic and practical learning and assessment.
A learning day will typically involve a morning of theory followed by an afternoon in the workshop developing practical skills and working with tools, engines and various materials.
You will also undertake various ancillary programmes such as the RYA Powerboat and the RYA First Aid at Sea courses.
Visits to ships, shipyards, Solent University, the RNLI and the Southampton Boat Show are all part of the learning experience.
In addition, you will hear from ambassadors from the Merchant Navy and current cadets.
- Health and safety: understanding H&S regulations applicable to the marine industry.
- Tools: using tools and equipment safely in a marine environment.
- Personal development: contributing to self-development and working relationships.
- Engineers' drawings: interpreting drawings, instructions and relevant codes of practice.
- Ship terminology: understanding terminology used to recognise boats, ships, ports and marinas.
- Materials: evaluating wood, metal, composites and engineering materials and their properties.
- Maths: understanding engineering mathematical processes.
- Machining processes: preparing and using lathes for turning operations.
- Marine engine components: identifying engine types and understanding engine construction.
- Cooling: identifying and understanding marine cooling systems.
- Lubrication: identifying and understanding engine lubrication systems.
- Diesel/petrol: understanding compression ignition engine systems.
- Gearbox and propulsion systems: understanding how to service marine propulsion systems.
Minimum entry requirements
- English and Maths at grade 4 or above. There will be an opportunity for you to resit exams during the course, so a grade 3 may be accepted.
- A desire to work in the Marine and Maritime industry is essential.
- Industry knowledge from Sea Cadets, Sea Scouts or watersports would be advantageous.
- All students will be required to wear a uniform and participation in all activities/events is required unless a medical exemption is cited.
Please note: the Merchant Navy requires all seafarers to obtain an MCA ENG1 medical certificate.
How will I be assessed?
- City and Guilds Technical Certificate Level 2: approximately 75% exam-based and 25% practical qualifying tasks.
- Performing Marine Engineering Operations: 100% practical competence assessment.
- RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate: 100% practical assessment.
- RYA First Aid at Sea Certificate: 100% practical assessment.
Information & support
- Uniform costs approximately £100.00.
- Option to undertake the RYA VHF (radio) qualification.
- Trips cost approximately £50.00.
What can I do with this qualification?
By completing this course successfully, you can progress to the Level 3 Pre-cadetship programme in Shipping and Maritime Operation.
The Level 3 programme will ensure you meet the requirements for a cadetship with a shipping company in the Merchant Navy or can undertake an apprenticeship in Marine Engineering or Marine Manufacturing.
You may also progress to another uniformed service such as the Royal Navy or Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
Brock has been absolutely brilliant in preparing me for my future, I feel happy and confident. My tutors are all so supportive and there is a really friendly atmosphere.
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