Certificate in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Deck) at QCF level 2
The Certificate in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Deck) at QCF level 2 provides learners with a qualification that demonstrates their competence to work as an able seafarer.
In addition to providing a maritime sector overview, this qualification develops important knowledge and skills in areas such as vessel ropework, anchoring and mooring operations, securing a vessel for passage, vessel construction and stability, and control operation of survival craft and rescue boats.
This qualification is available through SQA-approved centres.
Why deliver this qualification
The maritime sector plays a significant role in the UK economy. However, an ageing workforce is limiting the sector’s capacity to meet its skill and labour needs and there is a pressing need to attract new young entrants to the sector.
This qualification is based on the current version of the National Occupational Standards, defined by the sector skills body the Maritime Skills Alliance (MSA).
This qualification can be offered by employers, colleges or training providers.
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
The Certificate in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Deck) at QCF level 2 is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:
- progression learners from basic maritime qualifications
- employed learners who wish to enhance their career prospects
- learners wishing to move from one sector of the maritime industry to another
This Certificate forms part of the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship for an Able Seafarer (deck).
SQA also offers the Level 2 Award in Maritime Studies: Deck Rating which is set at a lower level and designed to be taken before this Certificate.
Entry is at the discretion of the centre.
This level 2 Certificate could provide progression to other SQA maritime qualifications as well as employment in the maritime sector, perhaps as a deck hand. If the learner completes the qualification as part of an apprenticeship the immediate progression opportunities are to Seaman Grade 1 (Able-bodied Seafarer, AB).
Further progression opportunities, which will require a further qualification and time spent at sea in order to qualify for the necessary internationally recognised certification, include:
- Chief Petty Officer
- Senior Rating (also on board large yachts)
- Junior Deck Officer (Merchant Navy)
- Mate (tugs)
If the learner completes the qualification as part of an apprenticeship (ie including the necessary time at sea) they will be able to apply to the Maritime Coastguard Agency for certification as an Able Seafarer.
Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process. Centres without devolved authority will have 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 and any specific requirements identified in the appropriate assessment strategy for the qualification.
How to assess
The Certificate is designed to be assessed in the workplace, or in conditions of the workplace, eg at Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) approved fire-fighting and sea survival training facilities; college mechanical engineering and electrical engineering workshops; or on board an appropriate vessel.
Assessment guidelines and Units are available on SQA’s website. Occupational skills Units must be assessed on the basis of evidence that the tasks have been undertaken satisfactorily in the workplace, or an acceptable simulation, supported by independent oral examination and other acceptable evidence supplied by the learner.
Underpinning knowledge Units must be assessed through oral and written questioning methods relevant to the needs of the learner on or off the job.
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.
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Qualification content and delivery tools
The Certificate in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Deck) at QCF level 2 requires the learner to complete five mandatory Units (19 QCF credit points).
Group Award code: GK54 54 (19 QCF credit points)
For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure.
Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance
Unit specifications and Assessment Guidance for these qualifications are available on SQA's Secure website. These are available from your centre’s SQA Co-ordinator. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Qualification content and delivery tools
Level 2 Certificate in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Deck)
This Group Award has entered into its lapsing period.
The finishing date for this qualification is 28.02.17
- SQA Group Award Code: GC7V 54
- Ofqual Qualification Code: 600/4202/3
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