Hull Trinity House Nautical College

In partnership with The Vale Academy the Nautical College provides a focused education for those students aiming for a career at sea, supported by industry the college contains a state of the art bridge simulator and a range of engineering equipment that has been provided by our industry partners to give students the experience of working with the same equipment they would work with on board ship. In the maritime industry the majority of companies are unwilling to employ persons under the age of 18 for sea-faring roles. Our curriculum is designed to make young people “sea-ready” so at age 18 they are able to take up an apprenticeship, officer cadetship or enter direct employment. All students regardless of pathway will undertake a range of industry short courses alongside their larger qualifications including aspects of STCW essentials. This group of “Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping” qualifications is a requirement for all people working at sea and incorporates. 

  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention
  • Basic First Aid Training
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness

Students will have the opportunity to develop powerboat and rescue boat skills in one of our powerboats that are moored in Hull Marina and will be offered the opportunity for work-experience on board ship with one of our partner companies. The course has been structured in yearly blocks so that if a student secures a cadetship after their first year the qualifications in that year will have been completed so that those studies do not go to waste. The full programme which can be downloaded from this page comprises:

  • A foundation year for students who have not yet reached the academic standard required for acceptance onto year 1. This foundation year includes resit English and Maths as required as well as the foundations of Nautical Science through the level 2 diploma in Maritime studies: Workboats.
    • The foundation year provides a solid grounding for moving to year 1 as well as preparation for students who wish to progress to a ratings (crew) position within the workboat and small vessel industries.
  • Year 1 includes the  Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Officer of the Watch on Merchant Vessels less than 500 gross tonnage (Near Coastal) as well as the level 3 core Maths qualification to help prepare students for the academic demands of year 2. Students will also complete an extended project qualification with a maritime theme having either a bridge or engineering focus. Students will require a minimum of grade 4 English, Maths and Science to be considered for acceptance onto year 1. A grade 5 in Maths and Science is recommended.
    • Year 1 provides the foundations to progress to year 2 as well as preparing students for applying for officer cadetship
  • Year 2 includes the academic qualifications of A Level Maths and A Level Physics as these are perquisite qualifications for cadetship with some companies and significantly strengthen an application for cadetship with all companies.

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