Award in Maritime Studies: Competent Crew on Domestic Vessels at QCF level 2

Award in Maritime Studies: Competent Crew on Domestic Vessels at QCF level 2

The Award in Maritime Studies: Competent Crew on Domestic Vessels at QCF level 2 will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as:

Achievement of this Award is nationally recognised. It is available through colleges and training providers.

The Maritime Skills Alliance (MSA) supports and encourages this qualification.

Why deliver this qualification

This Award has a wide potential market. It is open to all learners, regardless of age, academic experience or ability.

Centres have the flexibility to choose the delivery method which best suits their circumstances and their learners.

Who does this qualification suit

The Competent Crew Award at QCF level 2 is suitable for:

  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • employed learners who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners wishing to move from one sector of the maritime industry to another


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.


The Award may provide progression to:


Approval is not devolved to centres. Information regarding the approval process is available from SQA’s Business Development Team.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval (100 KB).

How to assess

Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.

Awards are not graded.

Each Unit is assessed separately. Each Unit requires that the candidate produces written work which, in most cases, is research-based. Evidence will be based on the candidate’s practical experience.

Assessment can take place at appropriate points as candidates progress through the tasks within the Units. Evidence of assessment can be presented in a format which best suits the individual candidates and the activities being undertaken.

Evidence can include written records, e-mails, assessor records, diaries, videos, recordings of interviews or photographs.

Assessment Guidelines and Units are available to download from SQA's secure site.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualifications Structure

SQA Group Award code: GJ3G 62
Ofqual Code 601/2660/7 (6 QCF credit points)

The Maritime Studies Award in Competent Crew on Domestic Vessels  at QCF level 2 consists of two mandatory Units (6 QCF credit points). There are no optional Units.

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure (187 KB).

Assessment strategy

Maritime Skills Alliance Assessment Strategy (300 KB)

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