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 (3045 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
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