Entry Criteria

In order to be accepted on an officer cadet certification programme, you will need to meet the minimum entry criteria requirements.

entry criteria

Minimum entry criteria are summarised as follows:

Foundation Degree (A-Level or equivalent) – three years

  • A minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points (including a numerate subject for engineering)*
  • Plus four GCSEs at grade C or above and including the following subjects:
    • Maths (preferably Higher Tier)
    • English
    • Science (with significant Physical Science content)

Higher National Certificate/Diploma (GCSE level or equivalent) – three years

  • Four GCSEs at grade C or above, including:
    • Maths (preferably Higher Tier)
    • Science (with significant Physical Science content)
    • English or a subject using English (for example, history, geography, RE)


  • Passes in four subjects in the Scottish Certificate of Education (as above)


  • Passes in four subjects in the Northern Ireland Grammar School Senior Certificate Exam (as above)

Please Note, the qualifications detailed above are the industry minimum but individual companies may require a higher standard.

* The new tariff calculation as of September 2017

UCAS tariff

Although you do not apply to UCAS, the maritime industry uses the UCAS tariff points system to help you work out your qualifications to see if you meet the entry requirements. The 48 UCAS points required for the foundation degree route can be made up of any combination of qualifications.

AS/A Levels, International Baccalaureate, OCR Cambridge, BTEC qualifications, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Higher etc. are eligible qualifications with tariff points awarded according to grades obtained.

For further information, please select the appropriate link below:

Careers at Sea

Officer Cadet Training

How to Apply

Officer Cadet Training Schemes Brochure