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

The Diploma in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Engine Room) at SCQF level 5 has been developed for learners who work, or would like to work, as members of the engineering department on board ships and vessels of different types and sizes.

The qualification covers:

This diploma 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 is available through SQA approved centres.

Why deliver this qualification

The Diploma in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Engine Room) at SCQF level 5 is a new course for the growing maritime sector.

Supported by the Scottish Government, this competence-based qualification is included as a component of the Modern Apprenticeship framework in Maritime Occupations.

This qualification is based on the most current version of National Occupational Standards, defined by the Maritime Skills Alliance.

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 diploma is suitable for those who wish to have a career at sea, including:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • learners who have time spent with Sea Cadets or Sea Scouts
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners should be aware that they may need to pass medical entry requirements as defined in international regulations (ie the ENG Seafarer Medical Certificate, including eyesight requirements).


This SCQF level 5 award could provide progression to:

  • an HNC/HND in Marine Engineering, Nautical Science or a related area
  • MCA certification
  • employment in the maritime sector, eg as a watch rating, able seafarer or tug rating working in the engine room


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 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.

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 Structure

Group award code: GL2E 45

The Diploma in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Engine Room) at SCQF level 5 consists of 10 mandatory units and 3 optional 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.

National Occupational Standards

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


This diploma is a mandatory component in the SCQF level 5 Modern Apprenticeship.

SQA also offers the following components of this apprenticeship:

Unit title SCQF 4
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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