Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Advanced
31 August 2020TBCWill Satterly

Have you finished GCSE’s and would like to set the foundation for a Maritime career?

The Maritime Foundation course gives you the basis to enter the maritime industry. Providing learners with skills and qualifications that demonstrate their competency to work as a seafarer.

If your ultimate goal is to broaden your horizons and gain skills required to start a career within the maritime industry then this is the course for you!

About the course

UKSA’s 2-year Maritime Foundation course is aimed at those who have no prior experience of the maritime sector,  provides the essential skills, qualifications and knowledge required to start a career within the industry.

You will develop practical knowledge and skills in areas such as maritime safety, vessel rope work, anchoring, mooring operations, securing a vessel for passage, vessel construction and stability and control operation of survival craft and rescue boats.

On completion of this qualification, learners are able to progress towards employment within the maritime sectors including superyachts, merchant navy, royal navy, workboats, fisheries etc. Aiming towards roles such as seaman or deckhand.

Other progression opportunities require further qualifications and time spent at sea in order to qualify for the necessary internationally recognised certification, including:

  • Bosun
  • Chief petty officer
  • Senior rating (on-board large yachts)
  • Junior deck officer (merchant navy)
  • Mate (tugs)

This qualification will also give the learner an opportunity to achieve the required UCAS points to progress onto UKSA’s foundation degree attached to the Superyacht Cadetship programme.

Who is this Maritime Foundation for?

This course is funded as part of a full-time 16+ further education (FE) programme. Ideal for Isle of Wight students with no prior experience of the maritime sector, who are looking for a role within the maritime sector or want a structured pathway towards our flagship Superyacht Cadetship.

For further information contact UKSA on (01983 203038) or the Student Services team at the Isle of Wight College (01983 526631).


  • Interest or desire to start a career within the maritime industry
  • Successful interview at UKSA
  • Students who do not have a 9-4 GCSE grades in English or Maths will be required to complete functional skills in English and Maths, whilst attending The Maritime Foundation


  • Gain and develop essential skills valued by employers
  • Increased chance of sustainable employment
  • Further career progression opportunities within the maritime sector
  • Industry knowledge and guidance
  • Up to 56 UCAS points
  • A pathway onto our flagship Superyacht Cadetship course
  • Practical learning in a maritime centre of excellence

Qualifications gained over 2 years

  • Year 1: SQA Level 2 in Maritime Studies Able Seafarer (Deck)
  • Year 2: NCFE level 3 certificate in sport and physical activity – 56 UCAS points

SQA Modules (year 1)

  • Maritime Sector Overview
  • Vessel Ropework, Anchoring and Mooring Operations
  • Securing a Vessel for Passage
  • Vessel Construction and Stability
  • Control operation of Survival craft and rescue boats

NCFE Modules (year 2)

  • Outdoor and adventures expeditions
  • Preparing for a career in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Exercise, health and lifestyle
  • Principles and Practices in outdoor adventure
  • Skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Equipment and Facilities for outdoor and adventurous activities

Enrichment & employability skills

  • RYA First Aid
  • RYA Marine Short Range Radio
  • MCA STCW Basic Safety Training
  • RYA Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Safety Boat
  • RYA Tender Operator Licence
  • British Canoeing Paddleboard Instructor
  • RYA Competent Crew
  • RYA Personal Watercraft Proficiency
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased and Practical


  • Entry-level Engine Maintenance course
  • Introduction in Keelboating

Course structure

  • During this 2-year programme, 60% of your training will be practical with the remaining 40% theory.

Study Programmes

All Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds at The Isle of Wight College are designed to include:

  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • Extended work experience/industry placement for Level 3 learners Over the course of your Level 3 study programme you may be expected to do between 36 – 415 hours of industry placement depending on the course you have chosen. All learners are expected, and encouraged, to do their best to find their own relevant, purposeful work experience which supports their career progression.
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade A* - C (9 - 4 using the new grades) in these subjects by age 16
  • Non-qualification activity, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals
  • A vocational experience which will form the substantial part of the programme

These four elements of the programme should combine to provide stretch and challenge for you helping to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Please refer to the 16 to 19 study programme document to learn more.

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