Deck Cadet Programme (Scottish Professional Diploma)

City of Glasgow College


Riverside Campus


If you are interested in a career as a Deck Officer of the Watch, this course is ideal. This 3-year programme provides the necessary training and qualifications for employment. There are a number of elements to the programme and also a compulsory sea time requirement. The programme is structured into 5 phases - three at college and two at sea.

Entry Requirements

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

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

Progression Routes

Relevant employment

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

3 years


Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering

SCQF Level


Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy