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Deck officer cadetships at Solent

Looking for more than nine to five? A career at sea offers you something utterly unique – an adventurous lifestyle packed with exciting and well-paid career prospects, in a dynamic and growing industry.

Challenge. Responsibility. Transferable skills. And the chance to explore the world aboard one of a vast range of vessels, from commercial shipping to private leisure, from tankers to ferries to superyachts.

Do you want more from your career? Explore what a deck officer cadetship has to offer.

With over 70 years of serving the maritime industry, our Warsash Maritime School is a world-renowned provider of maritime education and training at every level, from officer cadets to senior seafarers.

You will find former Warsash cadets everywhere in the maritime industry, from Singapore to the Scilly Isles. Helming ferries. Piloting tugs. Transporting cargo across the globe. Captains, master mariners, harbourmasters ... senior seafarers around the world started their careers with a Warsash deck cadetship.

With your course fees paid by a sponsoring company, you’ll combine expert training from our teaching staff – mostly made up of current or former seafarers from diverse maritime backgrounds – with periods at sea, putting your training into practice and getting unbeatable experience on a wide range of potential vessels.

With the foundation of a great career as a deck officer in the merchant navy, you can rise through the ranks aboard ship, or move to a shore-side role in maritime or related industries – everything from commercial to operations management, port management, accident investigation, maritime insurance, and more.

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FdSc Nautical Science

If you have a sense of adventure and looking for a career that’s more than the usual ‘9 to 5’, you could train as a navigating officer in the UK’s merchant navy and travel the world while you work.

HND Nautical Science

Build the foundations of a career as a deck officer in the dynamic maritime industry - supported by a sponsoring company to become a certified Officer of the Watch.

BSc (Hons) Nautical Science

Start your maritime career in one of the UK’s busiest ports, at training facilities that are among the best in the world – combining the hands-on training of a cadetship with a full academic degree.


As the UK’s centre of maritime excellence, the quality, range and scale of training facilities that we offer our officer cadets are exceptional. We’ve invested more than £43 million in maritime training facilities over the last few years, and we continue to improve and update our facilities to keep them at the cutting edge.

Whether you’re putting out fires at our fire training ground, developing your navigation skills in our ship simulators, getting to grips with radio communications or mastering the skills of practical seamanship at our dedicated campus for cadet education, you’ll benefit from up-to-date facilities that give you a real practical experience of modern life at sea.

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