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Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Maritime Studies – Foundation Cadetship

Maritime Studies – Foundation Cadetship

Warsash maritime

Maritime Studies – Foundation Cadetship

City & Guilds 7682-20 NVQ L2 Diploma Performing Engineering Operations.

This is a unique learning opportunity for those seeking a maritime career on land or sea. This is the only pre-maritime cadetship in Wales.

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Is this course right for me?

Our full-time Level 2/3 Foundation Cadetship course gives you the knowledge and skills required to launch a career in the fast-moving world of the Merchant Navy. A wide variety of opportunities exist on both land and sea including: Marine Renewables, Oil & Gas, Super Yachts, Ports & Harbours and the Merchant Navy (cruise liners, tankers, support vessels, ferries and cargo).

This is a two year programme, year 2 at level 3 content is to be confirmed. In partnership with the finest maritime school in the UK, Warsash Maritime School, you will be on a pathway to becoming a highly sought after maritime professional. If you see yourself as a Deck Officer, working alongside the Captain or a Marine Engineering Officer or an Electro-Technical Engineering Officer then this is the course for you.

 What makes this course different?

  • A fully sponsored enrichment programme that includes; RYA Powerboat and VHF Radio licence
  • Funded trips
  • Industry engagement
  • Maritime pre-cadet uniform and PPE supplied by the Milford Haven Port Authority
  • Direct entry to Warsash to study a fully funded foundation degree

This course is sponsored by The Reardon Nautical Trust and Milford Haven Port Authority.

To find out more please contact Hayley Williams, Curriculum Development Manager on

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  • Two GCSEs at grade C or above to include Mathematics/Numeracy and Science (must include physics), plus English Language/English Literature/First Language Welsh at grade D or above
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant Level 1 programme with a merit grade or above in addition to a successful decision from progression board meeting
  • GCSE English Language/First Language Welsh at grade D or above
  • GCSE Mathematics/Numeracy at grade C or above
  • or evidence of improvement from internal GCSE/s

Units to include:

  • Regulations and Legislation. This unit covers the skills and knowledge needed to prove the competences required to work safely in an engineering or a maritime environment. You will learn about the relevant safety protocols, policies and legislation and how to identify hazards and risks associated with working in marine setting.
  • Carrying out Engineering Activities. This unit covers the skills and knowledge needed to prove the competences required to cover a broad range of basic activities that will prepare the learner for entry into engineering or maritime. You will learn about safety and how to conduct yourself as an officer. You will also learn how to maintain effective working relationships e.g. listening to instruction and how to manage conflict.
  • Communicating Technical Information. This unit covers communication, discipline and respect for others. Learn how to communicate technical information and instruction from a range of documentation e.g. charts, engineering drawings, technical specifications etc. You will be introduced the technical language used by marine engineers and deck officers.
  • Producing Engineering Drawing. This unit will introduce you to mechanical engineering drawings, crucial for engineering, marine engineering pathways. Navel architecture will be also be introduced by Warsash Maritime School to learners.
  • Producing Mechanical Assemblies. Learners will be mostly learning in a practical environment carrying out assembly operations, whilst demonstrating safe working practices.
  • Maintaining Engineering Equipment. Learners will be expected to prepare for maintenance activities by obtaining all the necessary equipment e.g technical drawings, various documents, tools etc. Some marine activities will be delivered by Warsash Maritime School.
  • You will also attend regular tutorials

A maritime enrichment programme will run alongside the main qualification, which includes various maritime activities, including virtual deck training demonstrations with the Milford Haven Port Authority, and a visit to the simulation centre at Warsash Maritime School. Learners will also have an opportunity to gain qualifications in Navigation & Seamanship, the basics of Radio Operations, and gain a license to operate a power boat.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:

  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language

Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence

Following successful completion of the Level 2 and the Level 3 qualifications (details to be confirmed) learners may consider the following;

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2023/24
  • You will need to pay a £55 engineering workshop fee each year before you start the course
  • You can rent a locker for £10 per year this will be refunded if the locker remains undamaged and keys are returned
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

Additional Information

Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 22/08/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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