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WHAT MAKES SOUTH SHIELDS MARINE SCHOOL SPECIAL?

In 2019, we were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for excellence in further and higher education, becoming one of only four colleges in the UK to achieve this. We achieved this through a combination of cutting edge innovation and years of advancement, as the oldest purpose-built marine college in the world. South Shields Marine School provides everything you need for a successful maritime career, with opportunities all over the world.

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Varied subject sectors

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Different courses

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Of our pre-cadets progress to employment or sponsorship

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Earn up to £80k per year as a senior officer

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INTERNATIONAL

If you begin your career at sea with a 3-year course at South Shields Marine School, you will be at sea for a minimum of 8-12 months. Whether you’re cooking, engineering or navigating by the stars, you’ll have the opportunity to travel.

After your qualification, you can launch a career that takes you all over the world.

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TEAM

Our teaching team is packed with industry experts who have years of experience. They provide top level merchant navy training, while being both friendly and accessible, and offering one-on-ones with students.

The team would love to welcome you to one of our nautical science courses.

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INNOVATION

Our ground-breaking research in advanced 3D modelling is well known. However, we are also leaders in the courses that we offer: for example, we have developed a series of renewable energy training courses in partnership with specialist companies.

Our facilities, too, are cutting edge: particularly the offshore bridge simulator, which provides an immersive learning experience.

“I’ve learned a lot at South Shields Marine School. For example, I knew nothing about celestial navigation before this course, but now I can navigate using the stars. Male or female, I would definitely encourage anyone to start a career at sea. However, you have to be prepared to work and study hard, but the course is also a lot of fun.”

Hannah Lewis
Deck Cadet

“When I was first looking at the Pre-Cadet programme, the promise of assistance and applying for sponsorship, as well as specialised classes covering the Merchant Navy and its operations, really appealed to me. I have now secured an ETO sponsorship, and I’ve loved developing my knowledge and sea survival skills.”

Ami Celeste Gay
Former Pre-Cadet, now sponsored with Disney Cruises

LIFE AT SOUTH SHIELDS MARINE SCHOOL

Whatever you’re learning at South Shields Marine School, it’s a great place to be. We have a heritage of providing a great learning experience. You’ll be gaining a variety of skills, making friends, and studying in the heart of Tyneside – unless you choose one of our distance learning courses. Our longer courses also guarantee time at sea so you can put all your new knowledge into practice.