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Marine Engineering

Course Code: DMS2

Level: 2
Subject area: Engineering, Automotive & Marine
Awarding body: City & Guilds, EAL
Qualification: Diploma, NVQ
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One Year
When you'll study: Monday to Wednesday, 9.00am - 4.30pm (extra sessions may be required if GCSEs are to be retaken)

About the course

Whether you see yourself onboard an Arctic explorer or working on the yachts of St Tropez, the marine industry could see you go far – quite literally!

For as long as there are humans, there will be booming marine industries, with more and more career opportunities opening up each day. In the South West alone, an estimated 30,000 new jobs will need to be filled in the next decade to support the UK’s wind power objectives and with Plymouth set to become a designated freeport, this could attract even more high-value jobs to the area.

This course incorporates the key skills required for anyone considering career within the marine engineering industry. It will teach you the multifaceted disciplines required to work in a boatyard or marina and how to conduct yourself safely whilst carrying out activities within these areas. Alongside the subject areas stated below, you will also develop your communication skills, work safely within the marine environment and be aware of the legislation that will keep you and those around you, safe.

Choosing the marine engineering industry means you are are choosing a future filled with possibilities.

What you'll learn

The course covers the following areas …

  • mechanical maintenance – to enable you to carry out a range of servicing activities on pleasure craft, working with power plant and other mechanical devices to ensure vessels operate effectively
  • marine carpentry – here, you will learn to fit out a yacht to the highest standards and customer requirements and will learn the skills and terminology used within the carpentry and maritime industry
  • composite technology – a growing area of manufacturing and construction that is widely used in the maritime environment due to its strength, weight and non-corrosive properties. You will predominately work with glass fibre but will be taught all composite technologies and materials
  • employability skills – with the background knowledge you are learning we will now equip you with some of the basic skills involved with getting the position you want, and to help you prepare for your career whatever path you choose.
Entry requirements

You will be expected to have achieved a grade 4 in both GCSE maths and English. Grade 3 will be considered on an individual basis, however you will be required to re-sit these qualifications alongside your study programme.


Assessment is via coursework submitted and verified through an ePortfolio. There are no summative assessments associated with this course.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress to a range of BTEC level 3 courses at the College (NDMD, NDME), a HNC/D, Foundation Degree, or BA in Marine Sciences, Naval Architecture and Marine Autonomy. You may also progress onto an Apprenticeship or into employment.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: DMS2

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £999

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 A(Note: If you do not have a level 2 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.