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Marine Engineering, Boatbuilding and Superyacht Programs & Apprenticeships and Short Courses in Cornwall

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Falmouth Marine School provides a comprehensive selection of courses from introduction to university level in Boatbuilding, Leisure & Watersports, Marine Engineering and Marine Science. As a result of the specialization the FE and university-level courses attract students from a wide age range across the UK.

The school has an excellent international reputation for the marine courses with superb facilities including boatbuilding and engineering workshops, a dedicated marine science lab and a well equipped watersports centre.

The research unit of the Falmouth Marine School allows students to participate in original research and gain a greater understanding of the marine systems they intend to work in. It actively develops links with other organizations. The Annual Industry Day held every December puts students in contact with employers and promotes their chances of employment in the field of their choice.

Training Programs

Level 4 Superyacht Programs

  • HNC Operational Yacht Science Level 4 (1 year): This program is designed for those people who aspire to be the future superyacht crew, bosuns officers and captains of the superyacht sector. It is designed to run alongside relevant Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) awards. Time spent workings on board yachts in between phases of study at UKSA are fully paid periods of employment.

Level 3 Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding Programs

  • Marine Engineering Extended Diploma Level 3 (2 years): You will learn mathematics, mechanical and electrical principles, 2D and 3D computer-aided design, composite technology, marine engine theory and business studies.
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering & Maintenance (Light Marine Engineering) (1 year): The qualification has been developed to provide learners with a knowledge and understanding of the practices and processes of marine engineering and cover the knowledge, understanding and skills that have been identified in order to operate effectively in a job role within the Marine Technologies sector.
  • EAL Level 3 Diploma in Engineering Technologies (Marine Industries) (36 weeks): This course is ideal if you are considering a career in the maritime industries within the marine engineering, marine construction, marine design and marine operation industries or considering progression to Higher Education.
  • Yacht Fit Out & Composites Level 3 Diploma (1 year): You will learn the principles of boat construction, how to produce and fit structural boat components, woodworking and fiber-reinforced plastics for marine construction, and safe and effective working in the marine industry.
  • Boatbuilding and Restoration Level 3 Diploma with City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Boatbuilding (36 weeks): The course is designed to enable you to attain the skills needed, to find jobs in the marine industry.

Level 2 & 1 Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding Programs

  • City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering & Maintenance (Light Marine Engineering) (36 weeks): This course will give the learner the skills to develop a career within the marine sector and there are opportunities for work experience and employer links projects that will help to position you with employers and organizations working in the marine sector.
  • Level 2 Introduction to Yacht Fit Out & Composites: Theoretical and practical training in all aspects of boatbuilding, covering practical woodworking, boatbuilding technology and composite manufacture.
  • Level 1 Introduction to Marine Technology: You will learn the practical skills and underpinning knowledge of your chosen pathway: boatbuilding or marine engineering.

Boatbuilding Apprenticeships

  • Boatbuilding Apprenticeship Level 2 (1-2 years):  You will learn both theoretical and practical training in all aspects of boatbuilding; practical woodworking, boatbuilding technology and composite manufacture. This course is ideal if you are working in the industry and want to become a qualified boatbuilder.
  • Boatbuilding Apprenticeship Level 3 (1-2 years): You will learn the principles of boat construction, how to work with wood and fiber-reinforced plastics for marine construction, and safe and effective working in the marine industry. This program is for those that want to build on their existing knowledge and skills to further develop their career prospects. 

Short Courses

  • Advanced Composite Materials and Processing (2 weeks): This course is for those that have completed the Introductory Composite Materials and Processing course. Your will develop your skills in resin infusion, vacuum consolidation and using a variety of composite materials such carbon fiber, Kevlar and closed cell foam reinforcement to produce a product or enhance an existing product.
  • Fiberglass Surfboard Production (5 days): This short course is suitable for individuals who wish to build their own surf board or further develop their skill base in fiberglass surfboard production.
  • Introduction to Composite Materials and Processing (2 days): This short course is designed individuals and start-up companies, who wish to learn the basic techniques and the health and safety protocols needed when working with polyester resins and glass fiber composites.
  • MCA Approved Engine Certificate (AEC) (4 days): The MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC) will develop your understanding of basic marine diesel engines, their ancillary systems and will provide an overview of marine electrical systems.
  • Outboard Engine Servicing (1 day): You will look at the outboard engine (2 stroke and 4 stroke systems), general servicing, fault finding, routine checks, cleaning & greasing, electrics, fuel and lubrication systems, propeller changing and care, changing gearbox oil, water pump inspection and changing fresh water flushing.
  • RYA (Basic) Marine Diesel (1 day): This one day short course is suitable for individuals wishing to learn how to maintain and service their own diesel engines.
  • Woodworking for Small Marine Projects (10 days, 1 evening class per week): This short course is designed for people who want to work on small projects for their own boats such as rudders, oars, and hatches spars or for people wishing to learn about small boat maintenance.

Watersports Programs

  • Level 2 Watersport Instructor Diploma (1 year)
  • Level 3 Watersport Instructor Diploma (1 year)

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