Marine Systems & Engineering

Qualification: Diploma
Level 3

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About the course

Students studying this course will learn at our specialist Marine Skills Centre on the waterside in Woolston. It will enable you to develop advanced skills in your chosen specialism - marine engineering or boat building to enter employment or progress your career in the marine industry.

The marine engineering route will cover marine engine maintenance, fault-finding, replacement of components and marine electrics. The boatbuilding pathway will consist of marine joinery, construction of hulls and boat structures and the use of composites materials. Marine electrical will cover small boat systems, navigation and instrumentation, testing, fault finding and commissioning.

What you will learn
  • Safe and effective working in the marine industry
  • Principles of boat construction
  • Principles of marine construction and components
  • Construction and repair of hulls and boat structures
  • Fibre reinforced plastics technology for marine construction
  • Installation and repair of marine engines
  • Installation and repair of marine propulsion systems

Our Marine Skills Centre on the waterside in Woolston features some of the best marine training facilities in the region including:

  • Composites workshop
  • Marine engineering workshop
  • Marine electrical workshop
  • Boat building and repair workshop
  • IT and CAD suites



30% Coursework/practical - 70% exam

Entry requirements
  • GCSEs grade A*-C/9-4 (including English, maths and science) OR
  • Level 2 Marine Systems & Engineering 
  • Mature students with extensive experience and sound knowledge of marine engineering, wood working and electrical systems are considered

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
03/09/18 1 year Main
What next?
  • Employment in marine construction or engineering
  • Foundation Degree at university
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Opportunities to work on industry and community projects
  • Work experience
  • Industry week activities