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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

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Marine Diesel Motor Maintainance

Professional Qualification • Part-time • Falmouth Marine School

This short course is suitable for individuals wishing to learn how to maintain and service their own diesel engines. You will look at the principles of the diesel engine, the four-stroke cycle, fuel, cooling, air and engine electrical systems, fault finding and the importance of winterisation and servicing.

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A Parent/Guardian’s Guide To GCSE Maths Success

No Qualification • Full-time • Falmouth Marine School

Achieving in GCSE Maths can be life-changing, and will certainly improve employment opportunities. At Cornwall College we are delighted by how well our learners have adapted to remote teaching owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and are now prepared to ensure every learner reaches their full potential at this extraordinary time.

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Marine Engineer Apprenticeship

Level 3 • Work-based • Falmouth Marine School

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. Whether you wish to repair and maintain marine engines or design a yacht, this marine engineering apprenticeship is the perfect place to start. 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. This apprenticeship is ideal if you would like to install, maintain, and repair marine engines, ancillary systems and equipment, on yachts, commercial craft and superyachts. You will learn how to design and produce solutions to meet boat layouts, restrictions and engineering requirements.

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Marine Conservation Diploma

Level 3 • Full-time • Falmouth Marine School

If you have always dreamt of a career within marine conservation then this course could be the perfect place to start. Offering a unique qualification within the sector, our Level 3 Marine Conservation Diploma will give you the opportunity to learn from experienced marine biology and conservation professionals as well as providing excellent opportunities for networking at our unique Industry Day. In the first year of the course you will have the opportunity to study 5 individual units which are heavily focused on Animal Welfare and Ethics. The focus of this area is to gain knowledge and skills that are fundamental to any role in the animal sector. These additional units will include visits to nationally recognised animal Sanctuaries and Zoos. You will have first-hand experience in monitoring the behaviour of animals in relation to captivity, rehabilitation and their natural habitat. You will investigate factors that affect animal health and which cover a range of influencing factors affecting growth and reproduction. Within our established Aquaria at Falmouth Marine School you will gain hands on experience of ensuring the health and welfare of our species and the systems that support them. This experience will support you in securing a work experience placement in any national Aquarium or a conservation industry of your choice. Embedded within the course there will be opportunities to conduct rocky shore surveys as well as pelagic surveys on a vessel in the Fal Estuary and should your passion lead you directly into the ocean environment, there is an additional opportunity for you to undertake a PADI diving qualification.

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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

GCSEs & Functional Skills
Marine & Natural Environment
Marine Engineering & Boatbuilding
Sports & Fitness


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Students have ‘summit’ on their mind

Students have ‘summit’ on their mind

27th May 2021

Students at colleges in Cornwall are sending a message to the world’s leaders through a series of videos titled ‘#heyG7’.

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Sustainability tops college timetable during week-long eco conference

Sustainability tops college timetable during week-long eco conference

12th April 2021

A leading local college is renewing its focus on sustainability by hosting many of Cornwall’s most influential voices from the environmental movement in a series of talks and workshops. 

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Opportunities showcased at Cornwall’s only specialist marine college

Opportunities showcased at Cornwall’s only specialist marine college

17th March 2021

Falmouth Marine School is to showcase the incredible opportunities available for those looking to begin a nautically themed career with a virtual event this month.

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Ofsted awards The Cornwall College Group highest judgement – significant progress – following monitoring visit 

Ofsted awards The Cornwall College Group highest judgement – significant progress – following monitoring visit 

17th March 2021

Ofsted has awarded the highest possible outcome for The Cornwall College Group (TCCG), following a successful monitoring inspection in February.   

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Specialist Marine College holds virtual college open day

Specialist Marine College holds virtual college open day

26th January 2021

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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