Welcome to FdSc Maritime Studies
This degree programme has been designed by staff at the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) who have completed a TUPE across from the University of Plymouth to the University of Lincoln in line with Project Selborne. The University of Lincoln has worked with the Royal Navy to review the content of the programme and enhance it in line with institutional and UK Higher Education best practice.
The Foundation Degree in Maritime Studies is designed for officers joining the Warfare Branch of the Royal Navy. It is based on successful completion of the Royal Navy officer training pipeline from entry at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) to the end at the Maritime Warfare School (MWS), HMS Collingwood.
The programme has been designed to compliment the established Royal Navy officer training and education programme supported by 150 years of academic excellence. It recognises the value of combining vocational knowledge and skills underpinned by relevant academic understanding and has the ultimate aim of helping to develop a competent officer with the cognitive ability to react and adapt in an ever changing and unpredictable world.
The programme supports the philosophy of the national Foundation Degree scheme by providing a degree-level qualification designed with the Royal Navy and combining academic study with workplace learning at sea to equip people with the relevant knowledge, understanding, and skills to improve performance and productivity. Its distinctive feature is the integration of accessibility, articulation and progression, employer involvement, flexibility, and partnership.
How You Study
Modern officer training in the Royal Navy is divided into two phases: an initial phase common to all officers, followed by a specialist phase depending on chosen branch specialisation. On successful completion of initial training, an officer cadet 'Passes Out' (graduates) and progresses to specialist training. Warfare Officers receive part of their specialist training at BRNC and then move on to the Maritime Warfare School, HMS Collingwood (MWS) and to an operational warship at sea for their placement module.
This programme has a strong vocational emphasis, and the education and training facilities at all three training establishments (which include modern laboratories, state-of-the-art simulators, boats on the Dart Estuary, and use of Dartmoor for leadership exercises) are combined with sporting and recreational facilities to provide an excellent environment in which to study.
In particular, the programme includes extensive work-based and placement learning packages at sea during both initial and specialist training phases. The aim in both cases is to instil Officers Cadets with an understanding and appreciation of the fundamental workings of a warship at sea. The time at sea aims to develop maritime skills, conditions Officer Cadets to the rigours of life at sea, and provides a baseline for their first complement appointments.
In addition, there are numerous other learning opportunities including: low and high ropes course; gymnasium and other sports facilities; visits to submarines and other ships; a Basic Sea Survival Course; Fire Fighting school; Damage Control Centre; aircraft acquaints; and, Adventure Training.
Student development is enabled by a combination of academic and professional expertise provided by both uniformed (Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, and International) and academic staff. Some of the academic staff are active researchers in their respective fields, or have professional expertise developed through careers as warfare or engineering officers in the Royal Navy.
The acquisition of knowledge and understanding in Maritime Studies permeates every part of the curriculum. This starts in timetabled classes in each module; these might include lectures, practical work, in the laboratory or in the field, seminars, or other discussions, with an emphasis on experiential learning via instruction at sea and demonstrations. Students are encouraged to extend their understanding by self-directed learning through guided reading at all levels.
What You Need to Know
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How you are assessed
Both knowledge and understanding are tested in coursework assignments, including reports of various kinds, essays, seminars, and other presentations (verbal, poster, or slide), data analyses and interpretations, and assignments. Most modules contain at least one element of coursework. Many modules also make use of unseen examinations, which may require responses as essays, short answers, or a critical response to data, a scenario, case study, or text. Practical assessments require students to demonstrate high levels of competence to ensure fitness to serve and safety of other personnel.
All assignments allow students to practise and refine a selection of the intellectual skills. Feedback is given on each item of coursework, allowing students to improve future performance and learning.
Entry Requirements 2023-24
All recruitment is carried out by the Royal Navy and all students are subject to the Officer Recruitment programme. Officer recruitment is a competitive process involving interviews, assessment centre, referencing, and written applications. The minimum academic standard for entry as a Royal Navy Officer is 5 GCSEs A-C (9-4) which must include English Language and Mathematics at grade B/6 or above, and 96 UCAS points gained from A Levels or accepted equivalents.
All Officer Cadets (OCs) joining BRNC in the Warfare Branch (excluding Fleet Air Arm), without a recognised first degree qualification, and who successfully Pass Out (graduate) after Initial Officer Training, are automatically enrolled on the programme and funded by the Royal Navy.
Enrolment and Fees
This FdSc is undertaken by Warfare Officers undertaking the Initial Warfare Officer course (IWOF). Officers on the IWOF who are not graduates are automatically entitled to enrol onto the FdSc programme.
Officers on the IWOF who are graduates can apply to enrol on the FdSc programme at a competitive cost supplemented by Learning Credits.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about enrolment or fees.
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