Skills for Work: Maritime Skills National 5 (SCQF level 5)

Skills for Work: Maritime Skills National 5 (SCQF level 5)

Qualification Information

National 5 Skills for Work: Maritime Skills is an introductory qualification. It develops the skills, knowledge and attitudes, needed for work in the industry.

The Course provides a broad experiential introduction to maritime skills.

Candidates will explore a variety and range of career opportunities — local, national and global — in the maritime sector, including commercial sea-fishing, the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, inland waterways and marine leisure, ports and harbours.

They will be introduced to the operation of boats and equipment in the Unit Maritime Skills: Seamanship: an Introduction (National 5), including: boat handling, the use of ropes, wires and chains and effective anchoring, mooring and securing a vessel are tackled in practical situations. There’s an introduction to marine navigation, where candidates learn how to use a marine chart to plot position using standard marine instruments, and how to take account of the weather.

The safety aspects of any job in the maritime sector are tackled in the Unit Health and Safety in the Maritime Sector (National 5), including: safe working practices on board ship, life-saving principles, basic first aid and basic fire safety. The Unit also covers the basic engineering involved with small boats, such as pumping and steering mechanism are reviewed and the routine care and maintenance of the engine and auxiliaries on a boat.

Central to the Course is developing the employability skills valued by employers in general and necessary for effective work in the maritime sector. These skills are embedded in the different Units, providing candidates with the opportunity to practice and develop these skills through practical and team-working activities in real or simulated working environments and investigations throughout the Course. Candidates will also evaluate their own skills, seeking feedback from others, identifying areas of improvement, taking account of feedback received and reviewing their progress throughout the Course.

At SCQF level 5, learners work alone or with others on straightforward tasks with support.

Why deliver this qualification

This Course focuses on developing generic employability skills needed for success in the workplace through a variety of practical experiences in the maritime sector. There is considerable flexibility of topics and contexts to facilitate personalisation and choice for learners and centres — and to allow new and stimulating contexts for learning to be built into the Course.

It is anticipated that the Course will build on existing partnerships between schools, colleges of further education, employers and other training providers. Such partnerships will enable the Course to be delivered in a variety of appropriate learning environments with access to relevant teaching expertise.

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • pupils from schools or other education establishments
  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects 
  • learners participating in 16+ programmes
  • college students wishing to develop their skills and knowledge in relation to Maritime Skills
  • trainees participating in preparation for entering employment 
  • individuals involved in voluntary activities


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.


Successful learners may progress to:

  • Further education
  • vocational training
  • employment


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 as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

The Course will be assessed with a combination of written and/or oral and performance evidence.

The evidence will be produced at appropriate points throughout the Course and gathered in a folio of evidence.

Each Unit is supported by a National Assessment Bank (NAB) item, which provides an assessment package and exemplifies the national standard.

There is no external assessment for this Course. Learners must successfully complete each Unit to achieve the Course.

Unit specifications provide detailed information on the Evidence Requirements for each Unit. The Unit Support Notes provide information on approaches to assessment for each Unit.

The Units are internally assessed by centres and externally verified by SQA.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Group Award code C269 75 (24 SCQF credit points)

The Skills for Work Course in Maritime Skills at SCQF level 5 consists of five mandatory Units.

For further information on the structure and units of this qualification please refer to the Course Specification document.

Course Specification

Qualification Verification Summary Reports