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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.

  Featured Courses

Engineering Technologies Diploma

Level 3 • Part-time • Engineering

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.

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Outboard Engine Servicing

Professional Qualification • Part-time • Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding

This course is practical based, in our bespoke marine engineering workshops at Falmouth, suitable for individuals wishing to maintain and service their own outboard engines. You will work on outboard engines, general servicing, fault finding, routine checks, cleaning & greasing, electrics, fuel and lubrication systems, propeller chan

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Watersports Instructor Diploma

Level 2 • Full-time • Sports & Fitness

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 Outboard Motor Maintainance

Professional Qualification • Part-time • Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding

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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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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