SQA Use of Radar & Electronic Chart System in Code Vessels

You & Sea have SQA approval for the Level 3 Award in Maritime Studies: Use of Radar and Electronic Chart Systems in Code Vessels.

The Award has 2 modules; Use of Radar for Safe Navigation and Collision Avoidance on Domestic and Code Vessels, and Operate Non-ECDIS Marine Electronic Chart Systems. Both need to be completed to gain the full award however the modules can be studied individually.

Whilst initially aimed at meeting the training requirements of the 2014 Workboat code, these units will be of benefit to skippers of code vessels and the content is similar to the MCA Small Ships Navigation and Radar Course. The MCA have confirmed in MIN 522 the Radar module can be used on its own for the radar endorsement under the Boatmaster scheme.

Use of Radar in Code Vessels:

  • Radar Set up
  • Screen orientation
  • Clutter controls
  • Interfacing with chart plotter systems
  • Radar use in Collision avoidance
  • Manual plotting
  • Use of MARPA/automatic plotting
  • and more

Electronic Chart Systems:

  • Interfacing with Radar and AIS
  • Types of Electronic Charts
  • Vector v Raster Charts
  • Over-reliance on the chart plotters
  • Auto routing vs manual route plotting
  • and more.

The Radar course can be completed individually to fulfil the MCA’s requirements for the Radar endorsement to the Boatmaster Qualifications.

Course dates:

Start dates in 2023:

  • 16th January
  • 20th February
  • 20th March
  • 17th April
  • 15th May
  • 19th June
  • 10th July
  • 21st August
  • 18th Sept
  • 9th October
  • 20th November
  • 11th December

5 days



  • 5 days tuition in our modern training classroom in Rhu Marina
  • USB Stick with supporting course notes and material
  • Use of our Plotter and dividers for the duration of the course.
  • Light refreshments throughout the course.
  • Notepad & pen
  • Previous navigational experience to Day Skipper standard.
  • Previous seagoing experience and sea time fulfilling MCA’s requirements for Commercial Vessels