To apply individuals must meet the cadetship entry requirements. Applicants will need to be aged 17.5 or over at the start of their cadetship and hold four GCSEs at grade 9 to 4 (or A* to C)/Scottish equivalent in maths, English and a science-based subject.

You can apply in the year before you aim to start.


Training to become an officer with the Merchant Navy means you must be able to pass the Merchant Navy Medical Exam. It is advisable to take a medical and sight test to find out if there are any medical barriers to joining the Merchant Navy.

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To apply for this course, you must be a UK resident, or hold a UK settlement visa.

Engineering Cadetship Sea Time Requirements

All Engineering cadets are required to gain 12 months’ combined seagoing service and workshop skills training. This must include a minimum of six months’ seagoing service engaged in watchkeeping or unmanned machinery space (UMS) duties and three months’ workshop skills training. Seagoing service must be completed on merchant ships of at least 750kW and include on-board training that meets the requirements of section A-III/1 of the STCW Code. This training must be documented in an approved Merchant Navy Training Board Training Record Book (TRB) and its associated workbook.

Navigation Cadetship Sea Time Requirements

All Navigation cadets are required to gain a minimum 12 months at sea of which six months will be in a bridge watchkeeping capacity.

Halls of Residence

While studying at Humber Maritime College, cadets will stay at our halls of residence for the first phase and may choose to return for subsequent phases or rent local housing.


Please apply directly to us, we will then pass on your application form to your preferred training management company.