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Cornwall College Duchy College Bicton College Falmouth Marine School CCB Training

0330 123 4783
Falmouth Marine School Killigrew Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3QS
Opening Hours
Mon-Thurs 8:30am-5pm, Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

Falmouth Marine School

Falmouth Marine School provides a comprehensive selection of courses from introductory to degree level in partnership with Plymouth University. We specialise in Boatbuilding, Marine Engineering and Marine Science & Biology.

We have an excellent international reputation for our marine courses with superb facilities including boatbuilding and engineering workshops as well as a dedicated marine science lab. Our tutors combine industry experience with academic expertise and are active in their field through research and personal interest in their subjects.

Whatever you choose to study, Falmouth Marine School is committed to ensuring that you enjoy your time with us, and can be assured of personal attention, support and guidance every step of the way.

Please notify us in advance if you are unable to attend college via our Absence Form


  Featured Courses

HNC/FdSc Operational Yacht Science

Level 4 • Full-time • Falmouth Marine School

This programme is designed for those who aspire to be the future crew, bosuns officers and captains of the superyacht sector. It is designed to run alongside relevant Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) awards, to give deeper knowledge and understanding of the topics, and to give you more choice and an edge for your future career choices. It is run in partnership with UKSA in Cowes, Isle of Wight, as part of their Professional Yacht Cadetship. The cadetship requires a minimum of three years commitment to training, with phases of study on the Isle of Wight as well as periods of working onboard superyachts around the world. You will be required to make a Professional Yacht Cadetship application to UKSA, followed by a two day selection in Cowes, Isle of Wight. On successful completion of the one year HNC, you will gain direct entry onto the second year of the programme, allowing you to gain an FdSc Operational Yacht Science qualification. This programme does not follow the traditional academic year as it is designed around the superyacht season. It is studied in intensive blocks of time at UKSA and supported through Moodle (our virtual learning platform). There are additional costs for this programme to cover the cost of the Cadetship. You may be able to get help with this, contact us for more information. Time spent working on board yachts in between phases of study at UKSA are fully paid periods of employment. Earning on average €2,000 a month (Deckhand).

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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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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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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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A large library and study area with PCs and laptops for you to use with free Wi-Fi

Opening times:
Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 5pm (term time)
Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm (term time)
Varied opening hours during half terms and holidays.

Students’ Union

Cornwall College Student Union (CCSU) exists to represent your voice at every level in the College and to make sure you have a fantastic time while you are a student with us. Every campus has a team of elected student officers who will be working hard all year, from organising parties, to running campaigns, and you have plenty of chances to get involved. The Students Union is one of the best things about the College and you have the power to determine what it’s doing!

Remember, YOUR UNION, YOUR VOICE! Degree students can also access the University of Plymouth Students Union.

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Sails Café

5 Rating and Gold Award for Cornwall Healthy Eating Federation
The café offers a great choice of hot and cold snacks together with soft drinks and confectionery. We also provide a Weekly Special of a hot meal along with other meal deals and coffee and delicious homemade cake deals. All allergens and dietary requirements catered for.

Opening times:
Monday – Friday 8.15am – 3pm (term time)

For more information or if you require catering for events:
Call: 01326 310327

Ponsharden Workshops

Cornwall's latest Gig takes shape in Falmouth

Our workshops at Ponshardon is situated in the heart of the boatbuilding industry. We are in-between Rustler yachts and The National Maritime Museum restoration workshop.

While using the latest technical processes you will be taught in our dedicated woodworking and specialist fibre reinforced plastics workshops.

Marine Science Lab

We have one of the largest aquatic teaching facilities in the UK. We have research tank systems that include:
• Sharks
• Corals
• Seahorses
• Fresh water fish
• Tropical fish
• Piranhas

We also have fully equipped laboratories to undertake the necessary research work as part of your course.

Engineering Workshops

The marine engineering workshop is fully equipped with brand new engines specified by our industry partners to include inboard and outboard engines, hydraulic systems, thrusters and generators from leading marine brands such as Vetus , Mercruiser and Yamaha.

The workshop also has a Vetus Deutz, a state of the art fault diagnostics system that incorporates all of the systems on a boat, which the students call a ship in a box.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall Collections consist of a range of objects, boats, art, books and archives in support of its mission to promote an understanding of small boats and their place in people’s lives, and of the maritime heritage of Cornwall.
Falmouth Marine School has a long standing relationship with the Museum the two organisations have collaborated on a number of projects, the latest being the construction by FMS staff and students of a 6 metre boat for inclusion in a major exhibition on the Vikings. The School’s boatbuilding workshop is housed in the same building as the Museum’s boat store, which contains the National Small Boat Collection, and students regularly refer to those boats, as well as using the Museum’s comprehensive library facilities, to help with their studies.

  Subject Areas

Marine & Natural Environment
Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding


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Courses and Careers Advice Event at Falmouth Marine School – February 2021

Courses and Careers Advice Event at Falmouth Marine School – February 2021

6 February 2021, 10:00-12:00

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Former serviceman teaching boat builders of the future

Former serviceman teaching boat builders of the future

24th November 2020

A lecturer who retrained after completing 22 years of service in the Military is highlighting to others the massive amount of retraining options available.

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Specialist Marine College holds virtual college open day

Specialist Marine College holds virtual college open day

16th November 2020

Falmouth Marine School is holding a virtual open day for people interested in studying a course for a career in the marine industries.

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Students get hands on with latest underwater technology

Students get hands on with latest underwater technology

13th November 2020

Marine Engineering & Marine Science students are excited to be working with the latest technology in the industry.

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