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Marine Engineering Apprenticeship Level 3 at Falmouth Marine School

Course description

“From large luxury powerboats and sports boats to wooden dinghies and narrow boats, the marine industry encompasses a wide range of professions dealing with watercraft. As an apprentice, you could learn a variety of skills and techniques to build boats of all sizes and for all functions. You might use carpentry, electrical, plumbing and welding skills as well as more traditional maritime craft skills like rigging and sail making.” – National Apprenticeship Service

This apprenticeship is for people who want to become a qualified Marine Engineer, and is a follow on course from the Level 2 Marine Engineering Apprenticeship.

An apprenticeship is a great way to gain a new qualification while staying in your current job and earning money. At the end of the course, you will have a nationally recognised qualification and no debts to pay! 100% of our marine engineering apprentices are offered permanent positions by their employers once they have completed their apprenticeship.

During this apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to select your pathway to suit your job and interests e.g. boat building, marine engineering or surface finishing.

This apprenticeship could be the foundation in your career and could take you in a variety of directions; in the future you could work as a designer, fitter, operator, project manager or programme director.

You may be interested in studying further and complete a Diploma in Engineering Leadership, Diploma in Business Improvement, Diploma in People Management, FdSc Engineering, HNC Engineering or a BSc(Hons) Mechanical Design and Manufacture.

Course content

You will study on a part time basis and attend lectures at the Falmouth campus 1 day per week for 2 years.

During this apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to select your pathway and units to suit your job. You will build onto your Level 2 Certificate and develop advanced skills by undertaking complex tasks e.g. fitting out of boats, servicing and maintenance of marine engines, principles of marine electrical systems, and producing and repairing hulls and decks.

Depending on your workplace, you may work on variety of boats e.g. ships, tankers, ferry boats, fishing vessels or sporting boats.

You will put together a portfolio of evidence to show that you are competent at the tasks you do every day, while receiving support from experienced Cornwall College tutors.

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Marine Engineering
  • Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Engineering Technology

Entry requirements

To enrol in this apprenticeship, you need to be aged 16 and over, ideally have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C (preferably English, Maths and IT) and be employed within a suitable position.  

You must have completed the Level 2 Marine Engineering Certificate or have the relevant experience.

If you are interested in this apprenticeship and do not have the required GCSEs or an employer, speak to one of our Cornwall College Business Liaison Officers on 0800 731 7594.

Future opportunities

With a Level 3 Marine Engineering Diploma, you are qualified to the level of a craftsperson or technician.

In the future, you could work as a designer, fitter, operator, project manager or programme director. This course could take you in a variety of directions.

You may be interested in studying further and complete a Diploma in Engineering Leadership, Diploma in Business Improvement, Diploma in People Management, FdSc EngineeringHNC Engineering or an BSc(Hons) Mechanical Design and Manufacture.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Falmouth Marine School directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 42 Weeks

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