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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

What is the fee structure?

If you’re 16-18 and studying a pre-cadet course with us, there’s no fee.

For 19+, the course will cost a total of £3,295. [Please note, there is no age limit on the Pre-Cadetship course].

For cadetships, your fee is covered by your sponsorship company.

Other senior courses vary, so get in touch to find out more.

What is the duration of the Pre-Cadetship programme?

The Pre-Cadetship course is a one-year programme for both levels 2 and level 3.

The level 2 Pre-Cadetship gives you the opportunity to re-sit your GCSE Mathematics or English should you not already have a grade 5 or above. You will then progress onto the one-year level 3 programme, where you will then specialise in Nautical or Engineering with the opportunity to apply for a sponsorship.

Direct entry onto the full-time level 3 Pre-Cadetship is a one-year programme (where you will then specialise in Nautical or Engineering with the opportunity to apply for sponsorship.

Will I be able to afford South Shields Marine School?

We are determined that financial barriers will not prevent you from attending college. Our experienced Student Services team can give you advice on making the most out of money and where to go for additional help.

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Can I stay onsite?

Yes! Our onsite student accommodation is available from just £350 per month, with different options available such as ensuites and catered accommodation.

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Can I apply for courses online?

You can apply through our individual course pages by simply following the link on the page.

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Are there distance/remote learning courses available?

Several of our courses are available with exclusively remote learning, and others have flexible learning, split between time spent learning in the college and time spent remotely.

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What is the progression from courses/post training?

After completing the Pre-Cadetship, it will provide you with the knowledge and competencies required to be successful in securing a full cadetship.

During your studies, you will receive guidance regarding making applications to

shipping companies during tutorial sessions to gain sponsorship for your cadetship.

More information regarding cadetships can be found on the careers at sea website – Careers At Sea – Start Your Career in the Merchant Navy. Find out More & Apply Now! Work on Ships.

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What can I do in the area?

South Shields is a vibrant area with lots to keep students busy: bars, restaurants, beaches and much more! It is also easy to travel further afield in the North East of England to find more to do and see.

When are the SQA/IAMI exams?

Visit our dedicated page to find out when your exams will be.

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Will I meet new people?

We are committed to ensuring that every student enjoys their time with us. Our Freshers’ Week has plenty of activities which are designed to help break down barriers for new students. We also run a full Enrichment Programme, enabling you to meet new people from across the College.

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Is there support for learning difficulties?

If you need additional support to study your course, our Additional Learning Support team is on hand to help. They will discuss any requirements you have and put an individual support package in place. For further information please use our general enquiry form to contact our Student Services team.

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Do I need to wear uniform?

The required dress for all cadets during the college day, when not in the workshop or in practical sessions, are:

  • Plain white shirt or blouse, with company or black tie
  • Plain black trousers or skirt
  • Black dress shoes

Navy blue or black blazer, with company badge (or a plain navy blue uniform sweater or other company uniform, with company’s agreement).

South Shields Marine School ties will also be provided to all pre-cadets.

Are there computers available at South Shields Marine School?

We have fantastic IT facilities throughout the College, with dedicated suites containing current software and internet access for all students. Our Learning Resource Centre, also equipped with PC’s, provides the perfect setting to complete your work outside of class.

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Can I get any extra help if I have children?

We make it as easy as possible for you to attend college. Please contact Student Services to discuss how we can help.

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I am an employer looking for staff training. Do you have any suitable courses?

We offer a wide range of courses specifically designed for employers. Our skilled assessors work closely with you to ensure any training meets your exact requirements. We can also offer you bespoke training packages.

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