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Successful maritime careers are built on strong foundations.

The Warsash Maritime School Pre-Cadetship programmes are designed for individuals aged 16 years and over who would like to pursue a career at sea as a maritime officer, but do not yet have the skills or academic qualifications to apply for an officer cadet training programme.

Leading to recognised qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3, the one- or two-year programmes are delivered on a full-time basis by our partner colleges – currently Brockenhurst College in Hampshire, England, and Pembrokeshire College in Wales.

On successful completion of a college programme, pre-cadets will be ready to progress to a variety of further and higher-level studies including officer cadet training at Warsash Maritime School.

Two deck officer cadets in the bridge simulator

The Warsash Maritime School Pre-Cadetship at Brockenhurst College

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The established pre-cadetship programmes at Brockenhurst College include a one-year full-time Pre-cadetship for the Merchant Navy Level 2 Diploma and a one-year full-time Pre-cadetship for the Merchant Navy Level 3 Diploma.

If you study these programmes, you will benefit from a combination of practical and theoretical lessons; visits to ships, shipyards, industry events and Warsash Maritime School; alongside additional qualifications and certificates such as RYA Powerboat, RYA First Aid at Sea and the (optional) RYA VHF (radio) qualification.

The programmes are delivered at the College’s purpose-built marine and maritime facility at Marchwood, on the Solent, near Southampton.

Find out more and apply directly to Brockenhurst College

The Warsash Maritime School Pre-Cadetship at Pembrokeshire College

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This new two-year full-time programme at Level 2/3 is the only maritime pre-cadetship in Wales. Combining practical and theoretical studies in marine engineering and maritime studies, it initially leads to a City & Guilds 7682-20 NVQ L2 Diploma Performing Engineering Operations. On successful completion of year one, learners can progress to a BTEC Certificate in Advanced Mechanical Engineering.

If you study this programme, you will benefit from a series of enrichment activities alongside your core studies including funded visits and industry engagement with course sponsors the Reardon Nautical Trust and Milford Haven Port Authority; visits to Warsash Maritime School; and additional qualifications and certificates such as RYA Powerboat and VHF Radio Licence.

The programme is delivered at the College’s £4.2 million Engineering facility on their main campus at Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

Find out more and apply directly to Pembrokeshire College

Officer cadets watching a technician demonstrating welding in the engineering workshop

What can I do after completing a pre-cadetship?

Successful completion of a pre-cadetship provides the perfect foundation for maritime officer cadet training at the HND, foundation degree or full honours degree level. If you meet our entry criteria, you will be eligible for direct progression onto the Warsash Maritime School officer cadet training programme, and we will also help you to secure a company sponsor.

With us, you will be able to continue your training to qualify as a deck (navigation) officer, marine engineering officer, or marine electro-technical officer. Each option offers an adventurous lifestyle and exciting and well-paid career prospects on superyachts or Merchant Navy vessels.

Our three-year, fully funded programmes combine extensive professional training with sea-time, academic qualifications, and professional certification. You can find out more at one of our maritime open days where you’ll also be able to meet the representatives of company sponsors which employ officer cadets in training.

Pre-cadets seeking alternative progression, may choose to study other higher education qualifications at HND or foundation degree levels, pursue an apprenticeship or seek employment.