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Some of the professional training courses available at Cornwall College and Falmouth Marine School

Boatbuilding Diploma

Level 2 • Full-time • Falmouth Marine School


If you like boats and boating, or like the idea of a future in the thriving Marine Sector and you love working with your hands, creating something spectacular; then Boatbuilding could very well be the career path for you. This is a course that you can really get stuck into. You’ll notice there is a large practical element to the course and you will spend a great deal of time in our dedicated boatbuilding workshops, at the heart of Cornwall’s Marine Industry. You’ll be looking at all the aspects of being a Boatbuilder, from simple re-finishing, repairs and restorations to new-build projects. Our workshop features industry-standard equipment, exactly like a working Boatyard. We have strong connections with local boatbuilding companies, and those employers know a boatbuilding qualification from Falmouth Marine School, and The Cornwall College Group means you have the very best skills of a crafts person. So, if you dream of creating exotic boats with beautiful flowing curves, then this is the best place to start. As a Level 2 course, this diploma is all about introducing you to the marine industry and developing your essential boatbuilding skills. You’ll be learning from experienced professionals, who are there to give you the very best start to your career.

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Watersports Instructor Diploma

Level 2 • Full-time • Falmouth Marine School


This is a unique course which prepares students for a career in watersports and the wider outdoor industry. This course is perfect for anyone that has an interest in sports, especially the outdoors. If you are passionate about outdoor adventure and love being outside, this course can help you turn your passion into your career. Not only will you achieve your Level 2 diploma, you will also develop your personal and leadership skills in a range of watersports including paddleboarding, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. You will also have the opportunity to gain additional instructor qualifications which will make you extremely employable within the industry.

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Marine Biology & Ecology Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Falmouth Marine School


Careers in Marine Biology and Ecology are some of the most sought-after jobs, providing the opportunity to travel the world and explore the wonder of the oceans as part of your day to day work. Whether your dreams involve living on tropical islands protecting reefs, studying mega-fauna such as sharks, observing the movement of whales in the arctic or monitoring fisheries in coast off the Isles of Scillies, this course is the ideal starting place. The Marine Biology & Ecology Level 3 Diploma at Falmouth Marine School benefits from a long history of teaching, specialist equipment, and a wealth of teaching expertise. Our facilities are unique at college level, with no other course in the UK offering the same opportunities and resources. Whether on the boat learning about marine surveying techniques, in the laboratory practicing identification, or using the different aquaculture/fish tanks in the wet lab, this course offers something special and provides the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to stand-out and develop a bright future in marine environment sciences.

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Marine Outboard Motor Maintenance

Professional Qualification • Part-time • Falmouth Marine School


This 4 day course is designed to introduce people into basic maintenance and servicing of outboard engines from 4hp to 70hp 2 stroke and 4 stroke. This practical course will enable the individual to complete all the checks and service requirements for an outboard motor It will also enable you to understand and rectify systematic fault finding on E.F.I (electronic fuel injection) systems, gearbox removal and calibration, cam belt replacement and valve clearance procedures. The course will also cover engine theory and fault finding procedures/test procedures.

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Engineering Technologies Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Falmouth Marine School


Falmouth Marine School has been introducing students to the marine industry since 1920. Our current students study a range of courses including boat handling, construction, and system maintenance right through to highly academic courses such as marine science. Our Engineering diploma sits neatly between Marine Technical Certificates and Higher Education, making it a great option for those who aspire to work within a more senior engineering role. This course will allow you to develop the key skills and knowledge that an owner of a marine business would expect from their members of staff. Employees who can solve problems and develop new solutions are essential for any business to grow, this course will enable you to develop these skills and more. Our lecturers have many years of experience within the marine industry and maintain connections to industry both locally and beyond. By their very nature, engineering skills are transferrable between industries and our lecturers are able to give practical insights and examples of relevant marine applications. You will be working alongside students with similar interests and interacting with cohorts studying different aspects of the marine industry. This will enable you to become familiar with multiple aspects of the marine industry, leading to a valuable depth of knowledge well beyond, but closely linked to, your own particular area of growing expertise.

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Marine Conservation Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Falmouth Marine School


If you have always dreamt of a career within marine conservation then this course could be the perfect place to start. Offering a unique qualification within the sector, our Level 3 Marine Conservation Diploma will give you the opportunity to learn from experienced marine biology and conservation professionals as well as providing excellent opportunities for networking at our unique Industry Day. In the first year of the course you will have the opportunity to study 5 individual units which are heavily focused on Animal Welfare and Ethics. The focus of this area is to gain knowledge and skills that are fundamental to any role in the animal sector. These additional units will include visits to nationally recognised animal Sanctuaries and Zoos. You will have first-hand experience in monitoring the behaviour of animals in relation to captivity, rehabilitation and their natural habitat. You will investigate factors that affect animal health and which cover a range of influencing factors affecting growth and reproduction. Within our established Aquaria at Falmouth Marine School you will gain hands on experience of ensuring the health and welfare of our species and the systems that support them. This experience will support you in securing a work experience placement in any national Aquarium or a conservation industry of your choice. Embedded within the course there will be opportunities to conduct rocky shore surveys as well as pelagic surveys on a vessel in the Fal Estuary and should your passion lead you directly into the ocean environment, there is an additional opportunity for you to undertake a PADI diving qualification.

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English Language GCSE

Level 2 • Part-time • Falmouth Marine School


GCSE English Language is a very important qualification for your future employment and progression. Most employers and universities still require you to have a Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language to apply for a place.

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Diploma In Boatbuilding, Restoration And Repair

Level 3 • Full-time • Falmouth Marine School


If you are passionate about boats, love working with your hands and aspire to be a Boatbuilder then this is the course for you! Incorporating the world-renowned City and Guilds Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Boatbuilding, our Boatbuilding, Restoration and Repair is a course full of challenge and reward. As a Level 3 course, this diploma is all about preparing you for a future in the marine industry and perfecting your essential boatbuilding skills. During the course you will spend a great deal of time in our dedicated boatbuilding workshops where you’ll hone your skills on live boat projects. You’ll be learning from experienced professionals who are there to give you the very best start to your career and the time you will spend working on our live boat projects is invaluable to the development of your skill level and abilities. You’ll be looking at all the aspects of boatbuilding, from simple re-finishing, repairs and restorations to new-build projects; you’ll undertake surveys, write reports, speak to customers, source and cost materials and labour charges etc. Our workshop features industry-standard equipment, exactly like a working Boatyard. We have strong connections with local boatbuilding companies, and employers know a boatbuilding qualification from Falmouth Marine School means you have the very best skills of a crafts person. So, if you dream of creating exotic boats with beautiful flowing curves and keeping traditional skills alive, then this is the best place to learn and develop the specific skill set required.

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Marine Engineering Diploma

Level 2 • Full-time • Falmouth Marine School


If the possibility of a career at sea – filled with challenges, job satisfaction and travel appeals to you, then maybe you should consider studying to become a marine engineer. The course is predominantly a practical based programme. Focusing on giving learners the ability to service and maintain a wide variety of marine in board and outboard engines, alongside the propulsion systems commonly found in most marine vessels. The workshop at Falmouth marine school is one of the largest marine specific training areas in the U.K, alongside a wide variety of specialist tools to perform maintenance and diagnostic processes on our industry endorsed equipment. At level two, the course is focused around servicing and maintaining of marine mechanical systems and components. Successful completion of this programme will allow learners to progress onto the marine engineering level three course. Choosing to study at Falmouth marine school will mean that you will be joining a college with 100 years of training and supporting the marine industry and learning from industry experts to give you the best start to your future career.

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Marine Conservation Diploma

Level 2 • Full-time • Falmouth Marine School


If you have always dreamt of having a career within the marine sector, then this course will offer you the first step into studying the basics of Marine Biology, ecology and Conservation. This introductory course gives you a flavour of the different avenues and aspects of biology, ecology and conservation that you may wish to specialise in within your further studies. The course offers a mixture of classroom theory and practical experience, within an array of marine environments. You will be looking at developing a multitude of survey skills using flora and fauna to be able to complete records which will then give an indicator on environments issues and management plans to support conservation. Within our established Aquaria at Falmouth Marine School, you will gain hands on experience for the health and welfare of our species and the systems that support them. The above skills will then support you in securing a work experience placement in any national Aquarium should you wish or a conservation industry of your choice. Embedded within the course, there will be opportunities to conduct rocky shore surveys as well as pelagic surveys on a vessel in the Fal Estuary. Should your passion lead you directly into the ocean environment, there is an additional opportunity for you to undertake a PADI diving qualification. You’ll be learning from experienced marine biology and ecology professionals as well as meeting successful persons from National and International Marine related industries on our unique Industry Day. You will be encouraged to network and make future contact with them to support you learning journey into employment.

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