Hull Trinity House Nautical College

At HTHNC is a place of education designed to assist those who would like to enter the Maritime Industry, this can include the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy or shoreside maritime careers. Our main aim at the College is to prepare students for their career and to give them the best possible start to entering the industry. Throughout their time here students work towards completing a number of different qualifications, that will make them stand out to companies/ organisations in the future. Students attending the college follow 2 distinct but overlapping pathways that have been developed in consultation with industry to give you the best chance at securing employment or further training in the industry.

At the College we have two powerboats that we use to deliver practical boat handling skills to students as well as other practical skills for the maritime industry. We also have a state-of-the-art bridge simulator that is used to teach a number of elements to students and also allows us to sail anywhere in the world, on any type of ship.

College Pathways

Students applying to the college should select one of the pathways below though as every student it different we will finalise your pathway with you during the application process.


Those who are wanting to become an Officer in the Royal Navy or Merchant Navy should choose this pathway to prepare them for commencing an Officer cadetship or a higher apprenticeship when they leave us. During Year 12 all students will learn about a career in the maritime industry.

In Year 13 student will have the ability to focus either on engineering or deck/bridge. Throughout the two years students will study towards the following qualifications:

· Level 3 Certificate in Maritime Studies

· A-Level Maths

· A-Level Physics

· Level 3 Engineering

· Professional Maritime Qualifications

Direct Employment

This is the ideal pathway for those wishing to go directly into employment once they leave us. Ideal roles for those wishing to take this pathway would be ratings for the Royal Navy or Merchant Navy. Either as direct employment or through an apprenticeship.

Students will have the option to focus on engineering or deck in Year 13. During Year 13 students will also be able to gain their STCWs. Throughout the two years students will study towards the following qualifications:

· Level 3 Certificate in Maritime Studies

· Level 3 Engineering

· GCSE Higher and Further Maths

· GCSE Resit English/Maths if required  

· Professional Maritime Qualifications

Maritime Studies

Regardless of pathway all students study the Level 3 Certificate in Maritime Studies. This is a fantastic opportunity for students wishing to enter the maritime industry giving them a great amount of knowledge before they progress into employment or officer cadetship. Students study the following units:

Working in the Maritime Sector:

  • Understand the job roles and regulation in the maritime sector.
  • Understand the flagging and classification of vessels.
  • Understand health and safety in the marine environment.
  • Understand how the environment is protected in the maritime sector.
  • Understand about emergencies and incidents.
  • Understand the impact of future trends in maritime.

Vessel Types and Design:

  • Know about different types of vessel.
  • Understand vessel design and construction.
  • Understand the lifecycle of a ship.

Passage Planning:

  • Understand vessel preparation.
  • Be able to calculate tidal information.
  • Understands Admiralty chart conventions.
  • Be able to interpret a shipping forecast.
  • Be able to plan a safe route.

Mathematics for Seafarers:

  • Be able to calculate simple statistical measures in scientific contexts.
  • Be able to interpret simple statistical measures in scientific contexts.
  • Be able to simplify algebraic expressions involving brackets, fractions, and indices in scientific contexts.
  • Be able to use straight line graphs in scientific contexts.
  • Be able to Evaluate simple scientific formulae.
  • Be able to transpose simple scientific formulae.
  • Be able to calculate trigonometric problems.

Stability for Marine Engineers:

  • Be able to describe the effect of a fluid at rest.
  • Be able to describe stability terms and definitions.
  • Understand vessel stability and flotation.
  • Be able to complete basic transverse stability calculations.

Maritime Trade:

  • Understand how geography and climate relate to maritime trade.
  • Understand why countries trade.
  • Understand the nature and characteristics of maritime trade.
  • Understand how goods are shipped by sea.

Port Services and Operation:

  • Understand the development and role of ports.
  • Understand port services and operation.
  • Understand the role and duties of port agents.
  • Understand safe and professional working practice in the port environment.
  • Understand port communications and vessel planning.

Practical Maritime Skills:

This is a new course with the purpose of preparing students for a career in the maritime industry, either with a life at sea or ashore. Below is a list of topics and events that will take place during this course:

  • Sailing
  • Powerboating
  • Ropework/Mooring
  • Professional Qualifications (RYA/MCA/Learn@Sea)
  • Teambuilding/Communication Development
  • Visits to/from industry experts and industry locations


The purpose of this course is to provide students who wish to specialise in the Deck side of the industry, the ability to learn in more detail the topics regarding Navigation. Below find a list of topics and activities that will take place during the course:

  • Simulator Sessions
  • Collision Regulations and Buoyage
  • Ship Handling
  • Advanced Navigation (Passage Planning)
  • Advanced Powerboating
  • Celestial Navigation

Work Experience:

All students will have the opportunity to gain some work experience within the Maritime Industry, the College has a number of businesses that it works closely with to enable these opportunities for students.

To find out more, arrange or visit or make applications please email Applications can also be made via Logon Move on.