Eligibility and qualifications

Who we're looking for

  • An interest in mechanics systems engineering and electrical power
  • A team player
  • Commitment
  • Enthusiasm
  • Common sense
  • Physically and mentally fit

You’ll need a keen interest in mechanics, systems engineering and electrical power. Your education and training will be intense and you must be dedicated to learning and consolidating complex skills quickly. Strong teamwork is essential, and you need to be able to live and work in a confined space. Serving on board a submarine takes a special type of person, one who thrives on challenges and professionalism.

Entry Requirements

  • You need to be aged 18-34 on entry
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or better, including maths, English language and at least one science
  • 160 UCAS points gained from Level 3 STEM qualifications (BTEC, A/A2/AS or equivalents) in an engineering discipline, or in maths and at least one in physical science, engineering or computing subject

Please use our UCAS calculator tool if you're unsure of your points total.

Skills for life

  • An Advanced Modern Apprenticeship in Marine Engineering
  • A Foundation Degree in Marine Engineering
  • A BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

The Royal Navy will support you with world-class training throughout your career, helping you to learn and develop as a professional engineer. As you gain a number of internationally recognised qualifications, you’ll be giving yourself an excellent start to life as a civilian. If you choose to extend your service and become a commissioned Officer, you may even have the opportunity to gain a Master’s.


You’ll start your career as a probationary Leading Engineering Technician. Providing you meet your obligations under UGAS (MESM), you can expect to be advanced to Petty Officer Technician within four years.

Initially you’re offered an 8½-year career with the option to apply to extend to 20 years. You may have the opportunity to serve beyond this, depending what you would like to do and the needs of the Royal Navy. At the end of the scheme you can either stay in the Service and seek further promotion, or leave with a BEng (Hons) degree, plenty of experience working with nuclear reactors, and no student debt.

Pay and benefits

  • Starting salary of £31,100 rising to over £45,000 as your career progresses to Petty Officer
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Help with housing and education
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Adventurous training opportunities
  • Access to superb sports and fitness facilities
  • One of the best pensions available

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