Award in Maritime Studies: Deck Rating at SCQF level 5

Award in Maritime Studies: Deck Rating at SCQF level 5

The Award in Maritime Studies: Deck Rating at SCQF level 5 provides learners with a qualification that will demonstrate their aptitude in this area. This award will develop the learner’s confidence and awareness of the skills that they have acquired which they can use for employment and/or further study.

This qualification covers maritime employment, environmental and health and safety practice, survival in the water during maritime emergencies, vessel fire prevention and fire fighting (STCW), maritime security, emergency first aid in response to maritime accidents or medical emergencies, basic navigational watchkeeping, vessel ropework, anchoring and mooring activities, and assisting with securing a vessel for passage.

This qualification is available through SQA-approved centres such as colleges, employers and training providers.

This qualification replaces the previous Certificate in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer/Tug Rating (Deck) GE87 45.

Why deliver this qualification

This qualification enables the learner to demonstrate both underpinning knowledge and performance evidence of competence in a maritime vocational area.

This qualification is based on the most recent version of National Occupational Standards, defined by the Maritime Skills Alliance sector skills council.

The award can be offered within a workplace environment. The evidence demonstrating achievement of the qualification can be assessed within a workplace environment or, where simulation is used, within a realistic working environment.

Who does this qualification suit

This award is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.


The award has been designed as the first step in a two-step process which leads on to the Certificate in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Deck) at SCQF Level 5. 

  • Candidates who successfully complete the award will be able to work in a range of deck rating roles in the merchant navy. They can go on to complete the certificate either immediately, or at a later date, but need not do so.


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

Assessment of this award will be through a series of theoretical and practical assessments or tasks. Some assessments will be carried out under supervised open-book conditions, others under supervised closed-book conditions.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group award code: GL63 45

The Award in Maritime Studies: Deck Rating at SCQF level 5 consists of eight mandatory units. Please refer to the qualification structure 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.


This award is a mandatory component in the Level 5 Modern Apprenticeship in Maritime Occupations.

SQA also offers the following components of this apprenticeship:

Diploma in Maritime Studies: Sea Fishing at SCQF level 5

SQA code: GG10 45 — minimum 52 credits, maximum 56

SVQ 2 in Port Operations at SCQF level 5

SQA code: GJ6V 22 — minimum 34 credits, maximum 63

Diploma in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Engine Room) at SCQF level 5

SQA code: GL2E 45 — minimum 83 credits, maximum 128

Diploma in Maritime Studies: Workboats at SCQF level 5

SQA code: GL2F 45 — minimum 66 credits, maximum 66 credits

Certificate in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Deck) at SCQF level 5

SQA code: GL62 45

Award in Maritime Studies: Deck Rating at SCQF level 5

SQA code: GL63 45

Unit title


Core Skills: Communication

F426 04

Core Skills: Numeracy

F42A 04

Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology

F42E 04

Core Skills: Problem Solving

F42J 04

Core Skills: Working with Others

F42N 04

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