Marine Navigation, Operations, Mechanical And Electrical Engineering, Communications and Ship Catering Training


South Tyneside College (STC) is a large further education college in South Tyneside in North East England, with its main sites in the towns of South Shields and Hebburn. The college offers part-time and full-time courses for both young students and adults alike. The college is one of the largest merchant navy training colleges in the United Kingdom, and attracts students from as far afield as India and Africa.

The courses cover the whole spectrum of marine education including navigation, operations, mechanical and electrical engineering, communications and catering. The college provides training for cadets and trainees through to senior officer certification and degrees and also offers a diverse range of short courses for the marine, offshore and leisure markets. These include Royal Yachting Association (RYA) courses and OPITO approved Offshore Survival training.

The facilities at STC’s Marine School includes: World class Marine Simulation Department containing two 360 degree full-mission bridges and 12 other integrated bridges; An integrated full-mission engine room and associated engine workstation rooms. The Department also houses an extensive VTS simulator system and fully equipped Navigation Aid Laboratory; A Marine Safety Training Centre which provides realistic survival training in the environmental pool, helicopter escape module and jetty with survival training craft; A Fire Training Centre with a full-sized smoke chamber; Extensive Marine Workshops and Laboratories; and A large Marine Learning Centre for the sole use of marine students.

South Tyneside College is a UK Border Agency (UKBA) highly trusted student sponsor. The college conducts training approved by Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Top-up programs are validated by Northumbria University.

Academic & Training Programs

Diploma & Top Up Programs

  • BEng / BEng (Hons) in Marine Engineering (30-45 weeks): South Tyneside College offers a B Eng and B Eng (Hons) degree in Marine Engineering, validated by Nortumbria University. This program is a top-up degree course that has been designed to enable certificated marine engineers to achieve the academic standard of a degree qualification.
  • Foundation Degree in Marine Operations (Merchant Navy Deck Officer Trainee Scheme) (2 Years)
  • Foundation Degree in Marine Electrical / Electronics (2 years)
  • Foundation Degree in Marine Engineering (2 years)
  • Merchant Navy Deck Officer Trainee Scheme (HND)
  • Marine Engineering Officer Trainee Scheme (HND)
  • Officer of the Watch (OOW) SQA HNC Nautical Science
  • Chief Mate SQA HND in Nautical Science (32 weeks)

Certificates of Competency: Deck

  • Masters (Orals Only)
  • Deck Officer Revalidation
  • Chief Mate Limited Orals D
  • Phase 9 (Chief Mate) Non VQ

Certificates of Competency: Engine

  • Certificate of Competency - Second Engineer (III/2) - Direct Entry
  • Certificate of Competency - Second Engineer (III/2) - Engineering Knowledge only
  • Certificate of Competency - Chief Engineers (III/2) - Engineering Knowledge only
  • Engineering Officer of the Watch (Graduate Entry)
  • Certificate of Competency - Engineer OOW (III/1)
  • Certificate of Competency - Second Engineer (III/2)
  • Certificate of Competency - Chief Engineers (III/2)
  • Certificate of Competency Second Engineer (III/3)
  • Certificate of Competency - Engineer OOW (III/1) - Engineering Knowledge only (short course)

Flexible Learning Courses

  • Distance Learning for Chief Engineer (111/2)
  • e-Learning for Engineer Officer of the Watch (III/I) Sciences

Offshore and Safety Training

  • Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST)
  • Further Offshore Emergency Training (FOET) (Refresher)
  • Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) (Survival)
  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)

Radio Courses

  • GMDSS Revalidation
  • GMDSS General Operator's Certificate of Competency (GOC) (MCA Approved)
  • GMDSS Radio Maintenance
  • GMDSS Restricted Operator Certificate (ROC) (MCA Approved)
  • GMDSS Long Range Certificate


  • TUG Handling
  • Operational use of ECDIS (MCA Approved)
  • Offshore Bridge Simulator
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Bridge Resource Management
  • Navigation, Radar and Simulation Training (NARAS) - Operational Level (MCA Approved)
  • Bridge Team Management Training

STCW Safety Training

  • STCW Fire Prevention and Firefighting (Basic Firefighting) (MCA Approved)
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • Ship Security Officer ISPS (MCA Approved)
  • STCW Advanced Firefighting (MCA Approved)
  • Medical Care Onboard Ship - Refresher (MCA Approved)
  • Medical Care Onboard Ship (MCA Approved)
  • Medical First Aid Onboard Ship (MCA Approved)
  • Elementary First Aid (MCA Approved)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (MCA Approved)
  • Shipboard Safety Officer (MCA Approved)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSC and RB)

Tanker Safety Courses

  • Chemical Tanker Training (MCA Approved)
  • Tanker Familiarization Training Program (MCA Approved)
  • Liquefied Gas Tanker Training Program (MCA Approved)
  • Oil Tanker Training Program (MCA Approved)

Marine Engineering Courses

  • Shipboard High Voltage Training (MCA Approved)
  • Marine Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Areas
  • Marine Instrumentation and Control
  • Electronic Principles
  • Diesel Electric Propulsion
  • Electrical Maintenance: Marine
  • Welding Appreciation for Marine Officers
  • Abrasive Wheels Regulations
  • Marine High Voltage Familiarization
  • Electronic Navigation Equipment Maintenance (ENEM) (MCA Approved)

Nautical Studies

  • Chief Mate Signals
  • Efficient Deckhand (MCA Approved)


  • Ships' Cooks' Higher Certificate

Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Courses

  • VTS Induction / Underpinning Knowledge (V-103/1) (VTS Theory)
  • Local Port Services
  • VTS Refresher
  • VTS Supervisor Advancement Training - IALA V-103/2
  • VTS Nautical Knowledge (Module 4 of IALA V-103/1)
  • VTS On-Job-Training (OJT) Instructor Course - IALA V-103/4
  • VTS Operators (Simulator) IALA-103/1
  • VTS Non-marine Induction (Module 4 of IALA V-103/1)

Leisure Courses

  • RYA Day Skipper
  • RYA Radar
  • GMDSS Short Range – Upgrade
  • RYA/MCA Small Craft Survival
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore

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