Diploma in Maritime Studies: Rivers, Inland Waterways and Limited Distances to Sea

Diploma in Maritime Studies: Rivers, Inland Waterways and Limited Distances to Sea

The Diploma in Maritime Studies: Rivers, Inland Waterways and Limited Distances to Sea at SCQF level 5 enables the learner to demonstrate both knowledge of, and competence in, maritime procedures relating to vessels using rivers and inland waterways at limited distances to the sea.

This Diploma develops a range of important knowledge and skills linked to maritime health, safety and security, including how to deal with an emergency. It also develops operational awareness linked to areas such as anchoring and mooring, securing the vessel for passage, vessel construction and stability, basic vessel engineering, repair and maintenance, and vessel navigation.

This qualification is available through employers, colleges and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The Diploma in Maritime Studies: Rivers, Inland Waterways and Limited Distances to Sea at SCQF level 5 is based on the most up-to-date version of National Occupational Standards as defined by the Maritime Skills Alliance (MSA), the sector skills body.

Supported by the Scottish Government, this competence-based qualification is part of the Modern Apprenticeships frameworks.

This qualification can be delivered and assessed within a workplace environment or, where simulation is used, within a realistic working environment.

Who does this qualification suit

The Diploma in Maritime Studies at SCQF level 5 is suitable for a wide range of learners, including:

  • school leavers
  • progression learners from basic maritime qualifications
  • adults returning to education
  • employed learners who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • unemployed learners who wish to enhance their job prospects
  • learners wishing to move from one sector of the maritime industry to another

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

No prior qualifications are required to undertake this qualification, although experience in/knowledge of or interest in this subject would be an advantage.

Progression

This Diploma could provide progression to:

  • National Certificate (NC) in Shipping and Maritime Operations
  • employment in the maritime  sector, perhaps as a deck hand

Approval

Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as well as any specific requirements of the MSA Assessment Strategy, which underpins the quality assurance for this Diploma.

How to assess

Assessment Strategy and Assessment Guidelines and Units are available under Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support materials.

Occupational skills Units must be assessed on the basis of evidence that the tasks have been undertaken satisfactorily in the workplace or using an acceptable simulation, supported by independent oral examination and other acceptable evidence supplied by the learner. Suitable conditions of the workplace can be found at Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) approved fire-fighting and sea survival training facilities; college mechanical engineering and electrical engineering workshops; or on board an appropriate vessel.

Occupational  and underpinning knowledge Units must be assessed through oral and written questioning methods that are relevant to the needs of the learner on the job or off.

The use of a Training Record Book (TRB) forms part of the assessment. The completed TRB will be used as supporting evidence to demonstrate that the work-based elements of the Units have been undertaken.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group Award code: GG9T 45

The Diploma in Maritime Studies: Rivers, Inland Waterways and Limited Distances to Sea at SCQF level 5 consists of 14 mandatory Units and one optional Unit.

Please refer to the Qualification Structure (64 KB) for details on the Units making up this qualification.

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Apprenticeships

This Diploma will form a third pathway in the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship in Maritime Occupations.

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Assessor's guidelines

Level: 5
Publication: DB6144/2
Edition: October 2013
Downloads: Diploma in Maritime Studies: Rivers, Inland Waterways and Limited Distances to Sea (1.03 MB)

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio