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Marine Electro-Technical Officer Cadet - Foundation Degree Programme

About this course

Warsash Maritime Academy offers a full marine electro-technical officer (METO) cadet programme by a foundation degree route, leading ultimately to the award of:

  • Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • UK MCA METO Certificate of Competency (STCW A-III/6 OOW)
  • A GMDSS radio maintenance certificate and an electronic navigation equipment maintenance (ENEM) certificate.

The programme also offers a direct top-up pathway to BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering and Management

The scheme consists of five phases (usually over three years): three spent at Warsash for academic delivery and two at sea gaining practical experience. The education and training programme consists of four distinct but complementary elements.
  • Academic education at Warsash in conjunction with work-based learning on board ship
  • Engineering workshop skills training at Warsash to MNTB-approved standard
  • Practical training on board ship, including completion of an MNTB Training Record Book. This enables officer cadets to develop the professional competency needed for initial certification by the MCA
  • In addition to the academic studies, the MCA requires officer cadets to take a number of safety and survival courses during their cadetship. 

How to apply

Under the current foundation degree route, you apply direct to a shipping company (do not apply through UCAS). For more information, see How to apply for an officer cadetship

See also our officer cadet training brochure

Location of course delivery

The classroom teaching and workshop instruction for this course is delivered from Solent University's St Mary's campus, located in Southampton city centre. All mandatory STCW maritime safety training courses are delivered from the Warsash campus.

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Further information

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Course information

Training towards

Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering and MCA Certificate of Competency.




Continual and examination.

Teaching methods

Practical and study.


A) Sponsorship from a shipping company to gain sea service.

B) Holds the minimum academic entry qualifications:

  • A minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points, including a numerate subject.


  • Minimum of four GCSEs Grade 9-4 including the following subjects: Maths, English, Science (with Physical Science content).

C) A valid personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA.

Entry level

See prerequisites.