To qualify for a Bursary through the Merchant Navy Scholarship Scheme you must have achieved the necessary academic standards, and be of good general health and physique, sufficient to pass the Maritime and Coastguard Agency medical examination.
There are three routes for entry:
Higher National Diploma (3 years)
For entry on to a Higher National Diploma (HND) programme, you will need a minimum of four GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 9 to 4, including Mathematics (grade 5), Science (with significant Physical Science content), English and one other subject or a minimum of four Scottish National 5 qualifications at grade C or above in these four subjects.
Foundation Degree / Scottish Professional Diploma (3 years)
For entry on to a Foundation Degree programme in England, you will need a minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points (including a numerate subject for engineering), plus four GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 9 to 5, including Mathematics (preferably Higher Tier), English and Science (with significant Physical Science content).
For entry on to a Scottish Professional Diploma programme, you will need a minimum of Scottish Highers (or equivalent) at grade C or above in Mathematics and Science (with significant Physical Science content), plus four National 5/GCSEs or equivalent in Mathematics, Science (with significant Physical Science content), English and one other subject.
Continuation through to a full Honours Degree may be possible, subject to satisfactory reports on academic ability and general performance throughout the cadetship.
Honours Degree (3 years)
Entry qualifications vary by academic institution but will usually require Maths and/or a Science A level (or equivalent).
Candidates will only be found acceptable once they have completed the industry recognised Seafarer Medical Examination. For prospective Deck Cadets, this will include a colour and form vision test to demonstrate the absence of any colour deficiency.
This is usually arranged after you have been interviewed and provisionally accepted for a cadetship. However, if you have an underlying medical condition that you believe may cause a problem, please contact us and we will advise you on the best course of action.