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Marine Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship

Falmouth Marine School Falmouth LEVEL: 3 Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding

As part of the Cornwall College Group, we are the largest provider of apprenticeships in the South West. We have a fully equipped specialist marine engineering workshop with a full size marine engine control room.

Whether you wish to repair and maintain marine engines or design a yacht, marine engineering is the course for you. Our expert staff and specialist workshops will provide you with the best hands-on tuition so that you can gain relevant experience to help your career progression in the marine engineering industry.

This four year apprenticeship is ideal if you would like to install, maintain, fault find and repair marine engines, ancillary systems and equipment, on yachts, commercial craft and superyachts. You will learn how to design and produce solutions to meet boat layouts, restrictions and engineering requirements.


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Ideal if:

You want to develop you in-depth knowledge of the marine engineering sector.

Entry Requirements:

Four GCSEs at grade 4 including English, maths, a science and technology

What You Will Learn:

You will develop the knowledge needed to assemble, strip, repair and rebuild components, including learning how to use hand tools to cut, drill, shape and finish components, and how to move components using the appropriate safe methods and equipment.

This course will also teach you how to work individually and as part of a team and you will learn the skills needed to work with minimum supervision.

Over the duration of the course you will learn how to problem solve. You will also learn how to work alongside boatbuilders and marine electricians and will gain a strong understanding of the marine industry.

You will develop effective communication skills to allow you to work in a supervisory role. You will also learn how to consider sustainability and the impact on the environment when making safety, quality and cost decisions.


You will train in our recently redeveloped state-of-the-art workshops and you will benefit from our working partnership with Mylor Yacht Harbour, working on a range of engines and systems such as Vetus, Mercruiser and Yamaha to hone your skills and expertise.

You’ll love:

Spending time in our new purpose-built marine engineering workshop.


A higher-level apprenticeship in this sector, University study such as our FdSc Engineering or employment in the industry.

Careers in this industry 

- Marine engineer
- Service engineer
- Civil engineer
- Marine engineer
- Supervisor

Progression Courses

“It’s the first time we have had apprentices. Initially we wanted one but when the applications came through from Falmouth Marine School we couldn’t decide so we took two. It’s one of the best things we’ve done; I would strongly recommend the apprenticeship programme to other businesses”. Duncan Pool, Falmouth Harbour Commissioners


Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding
Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding
Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding
Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding



Marine Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship

Start Date

September 2020




1 - 2 years



After completing his Marine Engineering course Michael is now working for Greek Sails as a flotilla engineer.

“The skills I developed and the confidence I gained was the best part of the course for me. The lecturers were great and I would recommend Falmouth Marine School if you would like to work in marine engineering. The course helped me get into my career and I am now working in Poros, Greece.”

*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. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.