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Engineering Technologies Diploma

Level 3

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Key Info

Learning Area   Engineering
Delivery Mode   Part-time
Duration   2 Years

Dates & Locations

Location   Falmouth Marine School
Start Date   08/09/2020

Are you interested in motor boats, sailing yachts or ships, for pleasure or for business? Can you see yourself working in the marine industry, do you know how diverse the employment opportunities offered by this industry are. Do you see yourself as a skilled technician, a team leader, a senior manager or the owner of a boat yard?

Falmouth Marine School has been introducing students into the marine industry since 1920. Our current students study a range of practical courses from boat handling, construction and system maintenance through to the highly academic studies in marine science. If your aspirations are for a more senior engineering role, then this course is for you.

This Engineering diploma sits neatly between the Marine Technical Certificates that we deliver at Falmouth Marine School and Higher Education. It will enable you to develop those skills that the owner of a marine business would expect from its key members of staff. Employees who can solve problems and developing new solutions are essential for a business to grow.

Our lecturers have many years of experience within the marine industry, and who have continued to liaise with marine businesses in Falmouth and beyond. By their very nature, engineering skills are transportable between industries, which can often leave a student unsure of marine applications of various systems. 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 environment enables all the students in the college to become familiar with the multiple facets of the marine industry. Leading to a valuable depth of knowledge well beyond, but closely linked, to their own particular area of growing expertise.

  What You Will Learn

The units studied include Computer Aided Design, Pattern Development and Maintenance of Mechanical Systems. These very employable skills will enhance a student’s CV attracting the attention of a company’s recruiting team.
Ship Building Operations will develop the knowledge of the boat builder and the engineer, upskilling them in the issues that the sheer scale of a ship imposes on its build and function.

The process of designing and manufacturing a device or system is a key engineering role and a successful engineer needs to be proficient in mathematics and engineering science.

  Entry Requirements

Due to the nature of the course and the expected progression of completing students, we require applicants to have a Grade 5 in Mathematics and English.

  Work Experience

As part of this course you may be required to undertake work experience and/or an industry placement.


This is an EAL program of study and each unit of study has a standard set of assessments that have been written by EAL. The assessment of each unit of study has been tailored towards the learning outcomes within that particular unit and consequently the type and quantity of assessment for each unit does vary. Typically, they consist of practical activities, assignment work and in class tests.

The assessment activities are spread throughout the year so the somewhat daunting scenario of a major exam at the end of the academic year is avoided.


In the first instance, students successfully completing the diploma can enrol on a second year of study to convert their diploma into a Technical Extended Diploma. This provides further employable skills relating to Hydraulic Systems, Electrical Panels and Engineering Design.

Employers looking to recruit staff on to Higher Apprenticeship programmes would be interested to talk with students completing this programme of study.

The course is recognised by the universities and getting a good final grade for your Technical Extended Diploma is an excellent way of gaining entrance to a university to study engineering.


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