Access to Merchant Navy Cadetship

UHI Outer Hebrides


Outer Hebrides Campus


The UK shipping industry is projected to double in size in the next 15 years, and relies on recruiting highly motivated young people to operate and manage the wide range of ship types that trade on a worldwide basis.

The purpose of this training programme is to provide candidates with these qualifications and help prepare them for a career at sea, by providing them with additional basic skills and qualifications, including Chartwork, Seamanship, Basic Sea Survival, First Aid, Health and Safety, and an introduction to the maritime industry.

Entry Requirements

1 subject at National 5 plus 3 at National 4 including English, Maths and a science subject. Interview.

All candidates will be required to meet the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (ENG 1) merchant navy medical and eyesight standards prior to being accepted for the course.

Progression Routes

On successful completion of a one-year course young people may be offered an interview by shipping companies. The outcome of the interview could then lead to sponsorship with a shipping company.

Cadetship (Deck or Engineer).

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Energy, Engineering and Construction