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Qualification Code e.g. 600/5640/X
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Unit Code e.g. Y/505/4889
Open Awards Unit ID e.g. CBF498
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Open Awards Unit Code e.g. UA33ART12
Open Awards Unit ID e.g. CBF521

Open Awards Level 3 Extended Certificate in Maritime Studies

First teaching for this qualification is September 2018.

The primary purpose of this qualification is to support you to progress to further learning in the maritime sector. This qualification is designed for learners who have a clear idea of what they want to do after their education and those who have not yet identified a specific career pathway. It is designed to give you a broad foundation of skills and knowledge that could support progression into a range of career opportunities within the maritime sector.

This qualification will require you to commit to approximately 360 hours of learning.

You will be required to complete 2 mandatory units:

  • Working in the 21st Century Maritime Sector
  • Vessel Review and Passage Planning

You will then have a choice of optional units, including:

  • Practical Boat Handling Skills
  • Managing a Marine Business
  • Vessel Construction and Engineering
  • Maritime Business – The Role of Intermediaries
  • Maths and Stability at Sea

These units are designed to cover the knowledge and skills required to progress to further learning in the maritime sector, including the application of scientific principles and practical knowledge.

Please view the supporting documents below for more information: 

Qualification Guide and Units Specifications 
Pathway to Employment
Purpose Statement 
Sample assessments


Sample Level 3 Examination Paper A
Sample Level 3 Examination Paper B
Sample Level 3 Examination Outcomes Mapping and Mark Scheme
Sample Level 3 Synoptic Assignment Part A
Sample Level 3 Synoptic Assignment Part B 
Sample Level 3 Synoptic Assignment Resources
Sample Level 3 Synoptic Assignment Outcomes Mapping and Mark Scheme
Letters of support British Marine Federation 
Coventry University
Department for Transport
Falmouth Marine School
Hull Trinity House Academy
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
London Nautical School
Marine Learning Alliance College
Maritime Skills Alliance
Royal Yachting Association
Shuttleworth College
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
Trinity House