Blaze the trail for sustainable maritime development in South Africa and beyond.
Why Choose the Higher Certificate Programme?

Maritime Studies in South Africa encompasses a range of disciplines related to the sea and maritime industry. Students in this field learn about various aspects of ocean science, marine engineering, navigation, maritime law, and marine resource management. They gain a comprehensive understanding of South Africa’s vast coastline and its significance in international trade, fisheries, and conservation efforts.

South Africa’s maritime industry plays a crucial role in the global economy, making Maritime Studies an exciting field for students interested in careers in shipping, port management, fisheries, marine conservation, and more. It’s a dynamic and interdisciplinary area of study combines practical skills with environmental stewardship and legal considerations.

Course Information

You may enter the Higher Certificate programme, with any one of the following:
  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a certificate endorsement
  • Senior Certificate
  • National Certificate (Vocational)
The Higher Certificate in Maritime Studies is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee [HEQC] of the Council on Higher Education [CHE] and is registered on the National Qualifications Framework [NQF] with the South African Qualifications Authority [SAQA].
Berea College of Technology (Pty) Ltd is registered as a Private Higher Education Institution with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), with registration number 2000/HE07/004. On successful completion of the programme, the student will receive a higher certificate conferred by the College Rector at the college’s official graduation ceremony.
  • Shore Based Supervisor – Pay Estimate: +/- R184 000 to R600 000 a year
  • Port Operations Supervisor – Pay Estimate: +/- R90 000 to R160 000 a year
  • Forwarding Controller – Pay Estimate: +/- R253 000 to R600 000 a year
  • Imports Coordinator – Pay Estimate: +/- R200 000 to R580 000 a year
1st Year 1st Semester Subjects Professional Communication, Information Systems for the Maritime Industry, Maritime Health & Safety Management, Maritime Economics & Trade, Maritime Economics, Introduction to Maritime Studies, Work Integrated Learning 101
1st Year 2nd Semester Subjects Shipping Business, Fundamentals of Shipping, Ship Chartering & Brokering, Work Integrated Learning, Maritime Law, Navigation, Port & Terminal Management, Introduction to Shipping 102
Contact a career consultant on campus or online, who will take you through the affordable Higher Certificate in Maritime Studies pricing structure and explain our flexible payment options.

Customised study materials which meet the programme outcomes can be accessed from the Learner Management System, Moodle. A prescribed book list is available from the academic manager at the start of the programme, although the study guide available on Moodle will sufficiently cover the exam requirements.

Moodle is an online platform where registered students receive their study materials and other online support material with zero data costs.
  • Explore engaging online content, crafted by subject matter experts.
  • Access to customised academic repository with assignments, videos and PowerPoint lessons.
  • 24-hour access.

Once you have achieved the Higher Certificate in Maritime Studies professional training at BCT, you may progress to other programmes offered by the college or you may earn credits from public tertiary educational institutions, based on the admission requirements.

Refer to the SAQA fact sheet for more options to study further.

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