LEARNING AREAS: Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding COURSES

Boatbuilding Apprenticeship Level 3

Falmouth Marine School Falmouth LEVEL: 3 Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding

We have dedicated wood and composite workshops in the heart of the extensive maritime industrial area at Ponsharden Boatyard.

This Level 3 programme is for those that want to build on their existing knowledge and skills to further develop their career prospects.  You will have already completed the Level 2 apprenticeship or similar.

Falmouth Marine School has a long history of providing boat building courses. and 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 surveyor these courses will get you on the right pathway.

While using the latest technical processes you will be taught in our dedicated woodworking workshops and in our specialist fibre reinforced plastics workshop. Our specialist industry experienced lecturers believe the best way to learn boat building techniques is to undertake real hands-on experience, therefore the majority of our boat building programmes and assessments are carried out in a practical way.

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 center piece at Chelsea garden Show.


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Ideal if:

You wish to build on your existing knowledge and skills to develop your career prospects.


Entry Requirements:

Completion of the Level 2 Boatbuilding Apprenticeship or similar qualification and you must be employed within a marine related industry.

What You Will Learn:

The principles of boat construction, how to work with wood and fibre-reinforced plastics for marine construction, and safe and effective working in the marine industry.



To spend one day a week on campus and select a pathway of units that suit your job.


You’ll love:

Working in specialist wood and fibre-reinforced plastics workshops.



A higher level apprenticeship or enhanced employment prospects.

Careers in this industry 

- Boatbuilder
- Supervisor
- Maintenance repairer
- Rigger
- Boat painter
- Joiner


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Boatbuilding Advanced Apprenticeship

Start Date

September 2019




1-2 years


Jonny Mills Boatbuilding Course Manager

Jonny 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”


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*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.