Advice and Guidance


Independent and impartial advice

Marine Society recognises the need for seafarers to be able to receive independent and impartial advice with their lifelong learning and educational needs, careers advice and continuing professional development.

We work with education providers, employers and professional organisations to obtain the best impartial information, advice and guidance that we can to assist you with your enquiries.

If you would like any information advice or guidance contact us.

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone please call: 0207 654 7050

Our unique and tailored pathway helps you get the most out of your learning experience as you investigate your study options. The advice and guidance we give is free, confidential and comes with no commitment.

Our impartial service helps thousands of seafarers each year, it is quality recognised and is accredited to the quality Matrix Standard for information advice and guidance.

Please see our FAQs below. Click on the blue rectangular boxes to find the answer to each question. If you have any queries that are not covered, please contact our dedicated team on either or 0207 654 7050.

    • For seafaring qualifications, refer to our funding page for options available through the Marine Society (including JW Slater Scholarship) and the eligibility criteria. For funding towards I/GCSEs and A Levels, please see our study page.

    • If you are a British seafarer working abroad but normally resident in the UK  and hold a British passport, you can apply for funding.

    • Please note that as from June 15th 2020 we no longer offer GCSE/A level distance learning provision including exam facilitation. Please contact Oxford Open Learning ( if you have any enquiries regarding these courses. Private Candidates should contact the relevant examination board who can provide a list of private candidate exams centres.


    • As a charity that supports seafarers, we understand that studying can be difficult, especially at sea or during short-notice drafts. Distance learning allows you to study wherever you are in the world, giving you an opportunity to develop your skills and understanding without needing to attend regular lessons. Each course will come with its own requirements, but our advisors will be happy to help explain how we can support your learning wherever you find yourself and with any course – from upskilling programmes to post graduate degrees.

    • As a registered exam centre for all the main awarding bodies, we can provide candidate exam entries for most courses. Private candidate entry is open for the summer exam series in May/June each year. Applications usually open around September for the January series and December for the summer, each year. For more information, please see our study page.

    • For enquiries relating to higher education, including top up degree course please visit (

    • For enquiries relating to bursaries or financial support for further study please visit (

    • For enquiries relating to the JW Slater Scholarship or STCW professional qualifications please visit (

    • For enquiries relating to Learn@sea or digital library please visit (