Engine Cadet Programme (Scottish Professional Diploma)

City of Glasgow College


Riverside Campus


You'll gain the necessary training and qualifications for employment as an Engineering Officer of the Watch. The HND in Marine Engineering will also give academic exemptions for management level exams further on in your career path, while the PDA Marine Management element will give exemptions from the IAMI Engineering Knowledge examination. There are a number of elements to the programme and also a compulsory sea time requirement of seven months.

Entry Requirements

Higher Maths and/or a physical science subject plus 4 subjects at National 5 including English, Maths and a physical science subject; or NC Shipping and Maritime Operations. Interview.

You must have a sponsoring company in order to fulfil the sea time requirement of this programme.

Progression Routes

This course prepares you for a career at sea in the Merchant Navy and in a number of different sectors such as offshore, cruise ships, oil tankers, LNG and chemical tankers.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering

SCQF Level


Career Sectors

Air Transport


Rail Transport

Road Transport

Sea Transport