Falmouth Marine School has a long history of providing Boat building and Marine Engineering courses.
This is the only place in Cornwall where you will gain specialist training with access to dedicated workshops. Whether your dreams lie in boat building or repairing, becoming part of a professional crew, or a marine engineer these courses will get you on the right pathway.
While using the latest technical processes you will be taught in our dedicated woodworking, marine engineering and specialist fibre reinforced plastics workshops. Our specialist industry experienced lecturers believe the best way to learn boat building and marine engineering techniques is to undertake real hands-on experience. The majority of our programmes and assessments are carried out in a practical way.
Our courses are designed to equip you with practical skills, knowledge and the understanding required becoming successful in your chosen career.
Live projects are an integral part of the course, students have built a prototype for a new generation of sailboat, worked on the creation of a replica Viking boat for a exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and built a Viking Prow, for a centre piece at Chelsea garden Show.
You want to gain an understanding of the marine technology industry.
4 GCSEs at grade D or above, plus enthusiasm and a desire to work within the marine sector.
The practical skills and underpinning knowledge of your chosen pathway: boatbuilding or marine engineering.
To spend three days a week in college.
The opportunity to gain additional RYA qualifications.
An apprenticeship or further study, such as our Introduction to Yacht Fit Out & Composites NVQ Level 2 or Light Marine Engineering level 2
Kevin James Marine Engineering Course ManagerKevin grew up in Cornwall and went to Cape Cornwall School. Kevin has always tinkered on boats and spent several years working as a Head Greenkeeper before retraining as a Marine Engineer at Falmouth Marine School. This is where he discovered his passion for teaching others and completed his teacher training. Kevin worked in the industry as a self-employed marine engineer before returning to Falmouth Marine School to train the marine engineers of the future. “The demand for qualified marine engineers is extremely high. Our students are work-ready when they complete their course and have fantastic career prospects locally, nationally or even internationally.”
Jonny Mills Boatbuilding Course ManagerJonny has been working in the marine sector for over 30 years, repairing and sailing aboard wooden square rigged vessels, which is his lifelong passion. Jonny’s expertise and experience extends to building and maintaining historic replicas for museums, fibreglass production yacht building, repairs and restoration of wooden boats. Jonny has been in charge of a team of shipwrights, building replica boats for film and TV productions, as well as the marine coordination for the Warner Bros. film ‘Clash of the Titans’. Jonny was also the head shipwright on the construction of ‘The Hereford Bull’, a replica trow built for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. "Our students work on projects that will give them the vital industry experience, and contacts, that will enable them to establish careers in the boatbuilding sector”
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.