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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.

If you are leaving school after GCSEs we recommend you start with the Level 2 apprenticeship and on successful completion of the apprenticeship you could progress to Level 3.

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.

In March 2015, the engineering workshop was completely redeveloped, as part of a £3.6 million investment in Falmouth Marine School. This combined with our partnership with Mylor Yacht Harbour has seen the installation of new engines, that include inboard and outboard engines, hydraulic systems, thrusters and generators from leading marine brands such as Vetus , Mercruiser and Yamaha, giving you access to the most up to date bits of kit on the market.



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Ideal if:

You want to become a technician, supervisor or manager in the marine industry.

Entry Requirements:

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

What You Will Learn:

This apprenticeship usually takes 18 to 24 months to complete and is ideal if you want to become a senior technician or supervisor in the marine industry. You will spend one day a week at college and will select a pathway of units that suit your job and career aspirations.

Topics may include:

• Inboard and outboard engines
• Hydraulic systems
• Maintaining electrical systems


You will train in our recently redeveloped state-of-the-art workshops and 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.

This more advanced programme will allow you to develop higher skills and theoretical knowledge that will include mathematics and mechanical principles, business and management, health and safety and effective communications skills to allow you to work in a supervisory role.

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


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Marine Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship

Start Date

September 2019




1 - 2 years


Tom Jackman Chief Engineer on Superyachts

Former student Tom Jackman is now working as a chief engineer on superyachts. He recently visited the new facilities and couldn’t praise them and his previous studies enough.

“It’s great to see that the workshop has evolved alongside developments
in the industry. The students are extremely lucky to have top of the
range equipment to work on. I was particularly impressed with the
diagnostics testing unit, to simulate faults. Everything on a ship today
uses electronics, if the students are efficient with this then they are set
for employment in the industry. My course at Falmouth Marine School
provided the perfect grounding for my career and I have constantly
applied the skills and principles that I learnt. I have the career I always
wanted, I have travelled the world and worked on some amazing boats.”

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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.